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Hall is Hall of Fame Librarian

SPECIAL HONOR — Alan Hall, third from left, former longtime director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, was honored Sept. 25 by the Ohio Library Council as the 2019 Hall of Fame Librarian. With him at the recognition ceremony held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati were, from left, Mike Gray, library director; Hall’s wife, Barbara; Alan’s brother, the Rev. Kent Hall; Shawn and Megan Hall, Alan and Barbara’s son and daughter-in-law; and Sandi Thompson, library director, Cadiz. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Ohio Library Council recognized Steubenville resident Alan Hall as the 2019 Hall of Fame Librarian at its Convention and Expo Awards and Honors Luncheon held Sept. 25 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

Hall served as the longtime director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County before his retirement.

“This prestigious award recognizes library leaders who have shown a remarkable commitment to the profession and the communities they serve,” notes a news release. “Throughout his 40-year career, Alan Hall has shown a commitment to advocacy, innovation and collaboration. His knowledge of Ohio library history and his dedication to the profession is well known throughout the state. “

Hall started his career in libraries as a student page at the Washington County Public Library in Marietta and has been a part of the growth and innovation of libraries ever since.

In 1983, Hall fully automated the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County and was an early proponent of libraries using automation to easily share resources with one another.

The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County was one of the first four library systems to join the SEO consortium, exploring the idea of sharing resources between libraries.

He watched the consortium grow to a total of 93 library systems. “Today, that concept of sharing resources statewide is what Ohio’s library cardholders have come to know and love — and what other states have worked to replicate,” the release notes.

Although now retired, Hall is still leading libraries, having been recently appointed to the State Library Board of Ohio.

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