Library worker celebrates 60 years–and millions of books

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–At the Gahanna operations center for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, in a cubicle surrounded with pictures of her great-great nieces and nephews, you will find Carrie Ingle.

She is a technical service specialist, and she has been doing that job for 60 years.

She has seen a lot of changes–Ingle says she has worked under nine directors since she has been there.

She started at the main library downtown when there were no computers or cell phones.

“When we did card catalogs, and we actually had to do all of the typing,” she explained, “there was not even an electric typewriter 60 years ago for us to work with.”

Ingle is in charge of ordering new material from vendors and includes videos, CDs and e-books.

She says that computers enabled people to get better access to materials faster and when they want them.

At the operation center, they can get up to 2,400 new books a day.

And they have 48 hours from crate to shelf, to deliver all of those books to all of the library branches. The process can be a challenge

“All of the new books come through our system and it goes down the line,” Ingle says.

“And then it goes out to the branches, where it is cataloged after the labels have been put on and it has been linked.”

After 60 years, she says she couldn’t think of doing anything else.

“You get to meet a lot of people, you get to do a lot of different things. You are not bored,” Ingle says.

And at the age of 77, she has no plans on retiring any time soon.

“I feel that if a person who is older has something to do and they can continuously do that, I think that their health is much better than if you just sit at home and absolutely do nothing,” said Ingle. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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