Rist phasing out as OCC Branch Library manager

       Julianne Rist, who led the restoration of Old Colorado City's Carnegie library over the past five years, is phasing out as its branch manager, en route to becoming full- time head of the Fountain branch. Also the Fountain Branch Library manager, Julianne Rist
(left) is phasing out of Old Colorado City. Jean Harris
(right), manager of the Monument and Palmer Lake branches, is serving at OCC in an interim capacity while a permanent replacement for Rist is found.
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       The Pikes Peak Library District has begun a nationwide replacement search, and Jean Harris, manager of the Monument and Palmer Lake branches, recently began filling in as Old Colorado City's interim branch manager two days of the week.
       "It allows Julianne to focus on the Fountain branch," said Harris, a 17-year district employee.
       There is no exact time frame for hiring a new Old Colorado City manager. "It could be six weeks, it could be a year," she said.
       The new person will also have responsibility for the Ute Pass branch. Harris believes that will be a good combination because both branches are in older parts of the community and geographically closer than Old Colorado City and Fountain.
       While the hiring process goes on, Rist will continue to be involved in the Old Colorado City branch. A number of follow-up details remain from the restoration, which was completed last fall after a six-month library closure, and it's easier for Rist to handle those matters than to hand them off to someone unfamiliar with the project. In addition, she is involved in preliminary designs for the project's final phase - involving improved landscaping and lighting in the library parking lot. Rist said that work is not as complicated as last year's interior upgrade, but there are funding concerns because construction costs have spiked upward since the initial cost analysis a few years ago.
       Harris will be at Old Colorado City two days a week (usually Wednesdays and Fridays), though she'll be on call at other times. She'll go back to full-time at Monument/Palmer Lake (where she's been for six years) when the new manager is hired, but in the meantime she's enjoying the interim opportunity. "I love the Westside," said Harris, who lives in Skyway.

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