The Albion Municipal Library and Heritage Center was built in 2007, and an entire room was dedicated to perserving the history

of our town. The Heritage Room contains rotating quarterly displays selected by volunteer, Lynne Borton, and we have an online

catalog of all items, text, and pictures. See PDF links of Heritage Room catalog and pictures of our current Tools & Toys display below.

 

All Portfolios #1

Various documents, photos, news clippings, etc. are in the oversize black portfolios in the stand outside the Heritage Room. There are five portfolios labeled A-E: Albion school/seminary, Albin News, Misc., Albion Library. Searchable by specific years, name or keyword. Retrieve corresponding portfolio with page number listed in PDF.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6524/10375

ALL NOT IN PORT #2

Allows search of additional material, objects, and information found in the Heritage Room.  Various searches available.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6525/10375

AREA BUSINESSES #4

Search multiple ways: name of business or owner, type of business, and year.  Includes additional notes. Note: this is not a complete listing.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6527/10375

GRAY IND. PHOTOS #3

Individual photos found in the gray photo album located in the Heritage Room.  This includes year, name, graduate or teacher, and corresponding page.  Pictures range from 1928-1986.  Not all photos identified.

MARSHALL CO NEWSPAPERS     #5

Listing Marshall County newspapers with 1st year published and any anecdotal notes found during research. Years include 1855-1952. Note: this may not be a complete listing.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6528/10375

ERA’S #6

Documented research to provide dates of clothing styles and the period referenced.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6522/10375

DISEASES #7

Diseases that devastated the populations thru the years of 1713-1962 with notes referencing symptoms, vaccines available, etc.  Note: this is may not be a complete listing

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6520/10375

TRAGEDIES OF THE TIMES #8

Tragedies of interest from 1815-1945 with notes providing additional information.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6519/10375

CEMETERIES IN MARSHALL CO #9

Listing of cemeteries found in Marshall County. Locations and additional information are included.  The Heritage Room has research documents for many cemeteries, including some maps.

DR. IN MARSHALL COUNTY #10

Names, location, and years of practice including any notes found during research.  Note: this is not a complete listing.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6521/10375

PHOTOGRAPHERS #11

Photographers that continually appeared during the research of photos. Note: this is not a complete listing.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6529/10375

1929 BROWN GRAD ALBUM #12

Photos with names and attached name cards found in brown photo album located in the Heritage Room. Not all photos identified.

https://www.albion.lib.ia.us/download_file/view/6523/10375

 

 

 

 

Library Board

Agendas & Minutes

The minutes from our previous board meeting can all be found here: Latest Minutes 

Meetings are typically held on the 4th Thursday of the month in the Heritage Room.  Due to job schedules, the time fluctuates.

The next meeting is January 31st  at 5:30 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend.

1-31-23 bd mtg.jpg

 

Members

  • Wade Dooley - President
  • Kim Roche - Vice President
  • Karen Oaks - Secretary
  • Ben Rothman - Trustee
  • Lois Keefer - Trustee

Primary Roles

  • Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board. To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community. Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library; pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups; getting to know the mayor and city council; making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.
  • Plan for the future of the library. Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the library board. Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years. It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.
  • Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library. The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should. For example, the library boards is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent. The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid. The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.
  • Set library policies. The library boards spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. (Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.) Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day to day basis.
  • Hire and evaluate the library director. The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the director, carefully respecting each other’s roles. The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.