COLUMBUS—On March 12, Carrie Ingle will celebrate 60 years of employment with Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML). When she started as a catalog clerk in 1956, however, the organization was known as Columbus Public Library. The then-17-year-old Central High School senior worked at Main Library in the Technical Services department, typing catalog cards on a manual typewriter.
Born and raised on the east side of Columbus, Ingle now resides in Whitehall and has remained in the same CML department – Technical Services – to ensure accuracy in the catalog and daily delivery of purchased library materials.
She has served under nine library directors, during three organizational name changes and began her career when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president of the United States.
“This is a tremendous milestone,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “Carrie’s length of service speaks to her dedication not only to the library and her colleagues, but to the millions of customers she has impacted.”
When Ingle began her career at CML in 1956:
- My Fair Lady opened on Broadway
- Elvis Presley released his first chart hit, “Heartbreak Hotel”
- The U.S. Supreme Court declared Alabama bus segregation laws unconstitutional
- The film adaptation of The King and I was released
- Actors Bryan Cranston, Geena Davis and Tom Hanks were born
Carrie in 1956.
Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.
CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.