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ERIC Number: EJ832361
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-15
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Librarian of the Year 2009: Team Cedar Rapids
Berry, John N., III
Library Journal, v134 n1 p28-30 Jan 2009
When flood came to Cedar Rapids city, the Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL), IA, lost 160,000 items including large parts of its adult and youth collections, magazines, newspapers, reference materials, CDs, and DVDs. Most of its public access computers were destroyed as was its computer lab and microfilm equipment. The automatic circulation and security systems were ruined. On top of that, the 84,000 square foot Central Library was contaminated and has been closed ever since the three days flood in June. However, the work of the CRPL management team to restore service and embrace the recovery is an inspiration for Cedar Rapids and for all librarians. Even before the flood receded, the CRPL team and staff didn't miss a beat. Every manager and employee kept their jobs, and many were "loaned" to other city agencies and to the area's Metro Library Partnership Consortium. Some library workers staffed the 311 telephone lines that kept the people of Cedar Rapids informed as they worked to recover from the flood, reinforcing how effective librarians are at serving the public. This article features the CRPL management team which has been named the 2009 "LJ" Librarian of the Year for their courage, their indomitable optimism, and their deep and strong commitment to uninterrupted library service to the people of Cedar Rapids. The team, led by Interim Director Tamara Glise, includes adult services manager Karen Johnson, children's services manager Carol Hoke, circulation services manager Christina Riedel, adult services coordinator Rebecca Bartlett, external communication coordinator Marie DeVries, Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center's Barb Gay, IT services managers Roger Rayborn and Leon Green, shelver manager Pat Schabo, and maintenance manager Jeff Krohn.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa