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Harry R. Courtright

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Director and County Librarian

Phone: (602) ***-****  
Email: h***@***.gov
Maricopa County Library District
2700 North Central Avenue Suite 700
Phoenix , Arizona 85004
United States

Company Description: Among 16 other libraries in the Maricopa County Library District, Perry Branch provides resources and materials for the entire family.

Employment History

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Mortenson Construction : Mortenson-Built White Tank Branch Library & Nature Center Achieves LEED® Platinum Certification, 21 Jan 2011 [cached]
More importantly, it demonstrates to our customers and the community that we are well aware of the benefits of creating a dual-use, green space for learning and exploring books and nature," said Harry R. Courtright, Maricopa County Library District director and county librarian.
"Certainly, the Library District is ecstatic about the certification. The certification and the ease of design and construction would not have been possible without the creative foresight and collaborative efforts of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, our contractor, Mortenson, and our architect, DWL," Courtright allowed.
Maricopa County Library ... [cached]
Maricopa County Library District manager Harry Courtright proposed reinstating security guards and suggested the town pay for them by closing the Southeast Regional library on Sundays and eliminating a full-time staff position at Perry, according to e-mails obtained by The Republic through the state open records law.
"We recognize that the town does not have additional funds to cover costs," Courtright wrote on May 12 in an e-mail to Community Services Department Director Jim Norman and Assistant Town Manager Marc Skocypec.
Polaris Library Systems - Leadership, 9 Feb 2013 [cached]
- Harry R. Courtright, Director, Maricopa County Library District, Arizona
Library Systems & Services, LLC., 13 June 2010 [cached]
Harry Courtright Director and County Librarian
Effective August 5, Harry R. ..., 14 June 2011 [cached]
Effective August 5, Harry R. Courtright is retiring from the Maricopa County Library District. Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Courtright has served as the District's director and county librarian since January 1999. He has left an indelible imprint on the Library District since his arrival from Michigan.
Under his leadership, Courtright challenged libraries to become more customer-centric. "That's right," said Courtright, "we expect our employees from top to bottom to listen to our customers and provide them with the library services they want."
Several awards have been accorded Courtright and MCLD for this innovative process.
Courtright has welcomed more than 50 library representatives from throughout the world to learn more about Dewey-less. Some have adopted the Dewey-less model for their own libraries.
"Under Harry Courtright's leadership, the Library District has received many prestigious awards for its innovative programs and technology," said Maricopa County manager David Smith.
Harry's retirement will be felt by everyone in the Maricopa County family," Smith said.
Courtright also implemented the one-desk concept, a process that centralized in each library a one-only desk-location (instead of 3 or 4) where customers go to ask questions or seek help. The set-up frees other library personnel to rove the libraries to assist customers in need.
"We are making better use of technology," said Courtright. Customers can check-out and check-in their books through a self-check system, saving librarians for more meaningful interactions with customers. "We have added more e-books to our collection and more options to our virtual branch so that customers have more flexibility to check-out digital books. They can also now download weekly free music selections," he enthused.
Since 1999, Courtright has opened or rededicated 15 libraries in the District, the newest being the White Tank Branch Library & Nature Center. This year, White Tank became the first Arizona library to receive a LEED Platinum designation for its sustainable attributes. Courtright's vision of using green technology and forging a partnership with Maricopa County Parks and Recreation has paved the way for savings and innovation.
"For awhile, we were opening two libraries a year," Courtright exclaimed. "More importantly, we have continued to give customers additional options for library services in underserved communities. Since 2008, MCLD has opened five additional libraries.
"We have always tried to be constant, consistent and inventive when meeting customer needs and helping employees and the organization succeed while navigating the potentially treacherous waters of budget reform. Needless to say, it's an incredible balancing act to satisfy all suitors," Courtright said.
"Fortunately, I've been surrounded and supported by colleagues, co-workers and creative employees who continue to honor our commitment to graciously serve the District's growing base of customers," Courtright beamed. "If there is a Courtright legacy," he opined, "it's manifested by how well we've tuned in to our customers' needs and what we've done to develop a quality, excited staff."
Ever mindful of self-assessment, Courtright suggested that he was disappointed that MCLD had not developed a better working relationship with some of the area's independent libraries.
"I plan to make my retirement home in Southern California," said Courtright. "My hopes are to visit more with family and friends, travel more, do a little consulting, and, of course, read more," he concluded.
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