I’ve never seen anyone pour so much of themselves into what they do as Holly does. First of all, she has been able to keep three libraries open and thriving, even while being without two supervisors for the greater part of a year. Not only does she keep her libraries open, she energizes, encourages, and fills her staff with enthusiasm so that they enjoy coming to work. She has fostered a cohesive team that makes everybody feel welcome in her buildings – staff and library users alike. Not only does she keep her libraries open and welcoming, she seems to always be looking for ways to keep library users surprised and delighted by how her libraries look. From moving shelves to provide greater access to collections to hand-making pieces for her incredible displays (often made at home after a long day of being in three places), there’s always something new and interesting to see at one of Holly’s libraries. She also goes out into her communities and makes The Library’s presence known. I am always in awe of her dedication and stamina when I learn that she’s spending an evening at the Millersburg fair or a Saturday at an Elizabethville parade, all on behalf of The Library.
Ricky has been placed in the position of being almost a "one-man-show" in the IT department. After the departure of the rest of the team, and before the recent addition of Brent, Ricky was left with the sole responsibility of managing a system's worth of equipment maintenance, as well as plenty of staff questions. He took this challenge on with gusto, and though he wasn't able to tackle everything in as timely a manner as the team once might have, he was diligent in doing so and courteous to those in need even with a lot weighing on his shoulders. Ricky has been an asset to DCLS and the IT Department since he began here as an intern. He is a genuine, friendly person and often a very welcome sight, when he visits locations up and down county. He can always be counted on to do his job to the best of his ability. He put in countless hours to prepare for the main library software upgrade, and this should not go unnoticed. Any technical issues that are addressed to the IT Department are quickly acknowledged and completed in a quick and productive fashion. Because of Ricky’s positive attitude, his calm disposition, his resourcefulness, and his reliability he is a role model that reflects everything good that is Dauphin County Library System.
Nancy was a consistent and welcome presence at East Shore Area Library during 2013. In addition to her regular duties, she continually offered her services throughout our main library software upgrade project, and ably assisted with the many extra tasks required to make the move to a new system a success. She performed any and all tasks asked of her, completing them with little or no guidance in a timely manner and with great accuracy. This allowed library staff more time to focus on library user needs, including enabling staff to better prepare users for the change to a new library software system.
Nancy’s volunteer work has a meaningful, positive impact on the community, and helps to fulfill The Library’s mission to provide resources and services for information, education, and recreation. She is an exceptionally flexible and dedicated volunteer who will help in any way she can, and do whatever is needed, to improve and strengthen services to library users. Her commitment to The Library never waivers, and her ongoing contributions for over 20 years equate to a rare and valuable gem that has helped to light the way to learning for countless library users who have benefitted by her steadfast presence.
The PennLive/The Patriot-News organization has partnered with The Library to bring a new kind of book club to our community. Their focus on literacy by encouraging their readership to explore the various materials offered by The Library makes this partnership work. The first live book club discussion event that was held at the William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family library in conjunction with The Friends of the Alexander Family Library was a great success due to the hard work of the staff at PennLive. Having the author of the chosen book Skype in for the conversation added a truly unique element to the discussion. PennLive/The Patriot-News also provides The Library, as well as other libraries, with effective coverage of the events and happenings going on throughout their coverage area. Weekly "At Your Library" photos and library events calendar listings in their printed edition and consistent coverage on PennLive.com all provide public relations and much needed advocacy support at no cost to The Library.
Barbara’s passion for literacy and writing, which are also central to the mission of the Dauphin County Library System, makes her the ideal candidate for Person of the Year. A little more than one year ago, she approached Executive Director Rich Bowra and Community Relations Director Karen Cullings to have a discussion about The Library’s children’s programs and how she might be able to be involved both intellectually and financially. Following a series of personal meetings, Barbara is now our Premier Sponsor for Project Open Book, The Library’s programming initiative designed to give all children access to books, both to own and to borrow via The Library. Thanks to Barbara, Project Open Book is already in full-swing and as part of the Read Across America/500 Men Reading initiative 60 children received a free book to keep.
Barbara served as Executive Director of the Harrisburg Mayor’s Commission on Literacy from 2004-2007. She was also Director of Community Development at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central PA Chapter. Barbara is very engaged in community volunteer activities, many of them in support of family literacy, and has served in leadership roles for many professional and volunteer organizations, including Dress for Success South Central PA, Inc., Capital Area Head Start, and Leadership Harrisburg.
Barbara supports literacy and lifelong learning, makes critical contributions to the community, and is a worthy recipient of the Person of the Year Award.
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