Atop the letterhead, a new logo design further distinguishes JCLS as no longer part of Jackson County government, but instead an “independent unit of local government,” the Jackson County Library District, which was approved by Jackson County voters on May 20, 2014.
The library district is governed by an independent, unpaid Board of Directors elected by the local community. Designed by John Higley, a graphic designer in Ashland, Oregon, the new logo “transforms an open book into a rolling grassy field with a silhouetted oak tree,” as described in a press release issued earlier this year.
For my part, this change in status matters little in terms of my commitment as a lifetime supporter of libraries, to share my time and my abilities as other responsibilities allow. I am, and always will be, a volunteer-advocate for libraries.