Library naming committee meets Nov. 16 on proposal to rename library for Alma Jacobs

The Great Falls Public Library board’s naming committee meets at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Cordingley Room at the library to finalize their report to the library board.

The library board will review the committee’s report during their regular monthly meeting on Nov. 23.

The board will vote on the proposal to rename the library for Alma Smith Jacobs at their Dec. 28 meeting.

In December 2020, the library received a request to consider renaming the library for Jacobs, who served as head librarian at the Great Falls Public Library and the state librarian, both historic firsts for a Black woman during her time.

The request lead the board to develop a naming policy that was adopted in January. The board also considered naming the new Bookmobile for Jacobs as an alternative to renaming the library itself. The decision on the Bookmobile naming has been put on hold until the library naming request has been decided.

The board created the naming committee to gather community input on the renaming request and present their findings and recommendations to the board by December.

The naming committee includes:

  • Jessica Crist, library board member and committee chair
  • Jill Baker, executive director, Great Falls Public Library Foundation
  • Rev. Marcus Collins, pastor, Alexander Temple Church of God in Christ
  • Mary Moe, City Commissioner and ex officio library board member
  • Hannah Pate, community member
  • Bill Tacke, Chair, foundation board
  • Mitch Tropila, past chair, library board

Library Director Susie McIntyre staffed the committee.

The committee’s charge was to “develop a recommendation report for the Great Falls Public Library Board of Trustees regarding the proposed renaming of the Great Falls Public Library in honor of Alma Smith Jacobs; this will be accomplished by gathering input from the larger community through open meetings, small group conversations, online feedback, and any other methods developed by the committee.”

For more background on the naming request, see our previous coverage:

Library seeking community input on renaming proposal

Library continuing capital projects; Bookmobile ceremony is May 27; COVID rules changing; operating hours to expand

Library modifying operations as COVID-19 restrictions ease; new Bookmobile coming mid-April; roof project underway

Library Board delays decision on Bookmobile naming until library naming request decided

Library board to consider naming Bookmobile

Board delays decision on renaming library

Library adopts naming policy

Library considering inventory system change; request for name change