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December 28, 2012

Mineral library board hires new clerk of the works

Charged with transforming Keyser library

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Keyser-Mineral County Public Library Board of Directors hired Mark Ksiazewski as the clerk of the works to transform the vision for the new library into a preliminary list of building spaces and building objectives, ac-cording to library director Connie Sutton.

A new building is needed for the library to be able to expand and will be located on Cornell Street.

The Keyser library is currently 3,300 square feet, which falls shy of the 25,000-square-foot standard for a community library of its size, Sutton said in a previous interview with the Times-News.

Ksiazewski, who is a part-time employee, will be charged with reviewing requests for proposal responses to the architect, assisting the directors in hiring an architect, developing interview questions for the architect, helping final candidates develop a concept sketch, if needed, and maintaining regular communication with the directors.

He is also required to “maintain a holistic view of the project design while attending to details to assure compliance with intent and objectives of the directors,” according to the library system’s job description.

Ksiazewski will not be required to complete a community needs assessment study because it was already done by United Way and the library participated in the study, according to Sutton.

“The clerk of the works will see us through the design phase and once that’s completed will introduce the plans to the community and will begin to fund raise,” said Sutton.

The current Keyser library, which serves as the main branch for a three-library county system, has been located in the former Farmers and Merchants bank building on North Main Street for 50 years. The Keyser library was created jointly by the city and the county.

“It’s a wonderful building, but the library has outgrown it,” said Sutton in a previous interview. “We had a focus group a few years back for the new library and the one major thing to come out of it was that this area needs a community center. It’s a fitting role for the library.”

At some point in the process, a community meeting will be held so the public can discuss visions for the new library, according to Sutton.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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