David Osborne on the Library: Genealogy Help, Local History…


David A. Osborne on the Library: “Staff are very cooperative, very knowledgeable, and assist me in any way that they can.”David Osborne

David A. Osborne remembers a time before the library, “Years ago, we did not have the luxury of going to the library. It took years to get a small library. As the population has increased, the library has stepped up to fulfill needs.”

Mr. Osborne uses the library a little differently than you might expect. He is a regular visitor to the Local History Department and a genealogy enthusiast. “I attended a one-night class at the Florence Library. At that class, I found out about the Local History section at the Main Library in Burlington. Because of that I started coming to Burlington 9 years ago. I was impressed.”

“Burlington has a Local History Department made up of different individuals with different responsibilities. Staff are very cooperative, very knowledgeable, and assist me in any way that they can. When I have difficult issues with genealogy, Kaitlin and Hillary find the resources to help me.”

He credits the Local History staff’s community involvement as a major contributor to its success, “When they employed (Local History Coordinator) Bridget to come aboard, she was very involved with the community. She has always partnered with other organizations to bring programs to the community.”

If the Local History Department isn’t partnering with organizations, community members are gracious enough to volunteer, “It is impressive to see the number of volunteers, almost every day that I come in, transcribing old records and doing other things.”

Mr. Osborne notes the other activities available at the library, “The public has noticed that they need more reading and activities for children. In the summertime, the libraries are busy with reading programs all through the county.”

“I’m grateful that people had the foresight to enhance a major library like we have in the county.”

–Kaitlin

Kaitlin Barber is a Boone County native with an MA in Public History from NKU, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. She began her work with Local History at BCPL in 2011, as a digitization intern. She is now a Local History Librarian who is grateful for the opportunity to work with members of the community like David A. Osborne.