MILLVILLE — A former member of City Commission will now lead the municipality’s public library.
Ethan Aronoff will serve as the new president of the facility’s board of trustees at a time when Cumberland County’s public libraries are undergoing some significant operational changes.
One of the chief problems facing the city’s public library is its old and cramped headquarters on Buck Street. Aronoff also said the library is challenged by increasing operational costs for everything from utilities to updating technology.
“Looking ahead as we near our 150th anniversary, we are not without our challenges,” Aronoff said. “We are doing more with less, but must recognize that stretching has limits.”
Aronoff served on City Commission from 1973 to 1981. He was Cumberland County’s human services and mental health administrator from 1992 to 2009.
Last year, Cumberland County government opted to scrap the CLUES system its library shared with municipal libraries here and in Bridgeton and Vineland. County officials said they switched to the new LOGIN system to give users access to more resources at a lower cost than the CLUES system.
Officials with the three municipal libraries said they were left out of the discussion regarding the change to LOGIN. The Millville, Bridgeton and Vineland libraries are switching to a system called Sierra.
Plans for a new library here were stymied in September 2011. That is when city officials said the proposed $25 million Overlook riverfront development project was placed on hold while the municipality and developers reconsidered the plan’s financial risks.
The Overlook development was to be built along the Maurice River at Buck and Pine streets. Plans called for a $15 million, 108-room hotel; a $6.4 million, 15,000-square-foot public library; and a $2 million, 105-space parking garage.
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