There are 97 public library systems in the state, and the smaller ones are losing qualified librarians, the West Virginia Library Commission heard on Friday in Charleston.
Library systems require someone with a master's degree in library science to run them, and the smaller systems often only pay about $25,000 a year, said J.D. Waggoner, the commission's executive director. In the last year, the Mason County Public Library and the Taylor County Public Library lost directors with master's degrees, he said.
"It's salaries and, in some cases, location," Waggoner said.