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Northshore December 2018

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73 DECEMBER 2018 CONTACT To see parts of the collection, go to @pemlibrary on Instagram. he knows the materials haven't been accessible enough to the public or to scholars." People are, however, making their way to the Rowley facility. According to Childs, in the first few months of operation, the reading room in Rowley welcomed 229 visitors and fielded 271 requests from remote researchers. "is indicates that reading room usage at the new location is entirely consistent with previous years—before the collection moved—and that the research library continues to be a vital resource for graduate students, university professors, and curious-minded individuals from around the globe." ere is no doubt that everyone invested in the contro- versy has the collection's best interests at heart, and they are finding common ground around a number of initiatives that have come out of "working group" meetings organized by Mayor Driscoll and PEM leadership. Among them are plans for a gallery in the new wing at PEM's main campus that will enable the regular display of materials from the collection. ey also intend to create a multimedia exhibit to recognize the role of Plummer Hall in Salem's history, and to host museum educational programs and activities there. Addition- ally, they will make Plummer Hall accessible to the public during museum hours, and its reading room will include workstations with free online access to digital materials from the library. Plans are also in place to develop a voucher program to help with transportation to the new site. Indeed, the collection's care is a continually evolving situation—one that appears to be on its way to addressing the most pressing points put forth by the Friends of Phillips Library. PHOTOGRAPH BY KEN SAWYER There have been just under 230 visitors to the Rowley location since opening.

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