The Northern New York Library Network presented this year’s award to Keene Valley Library Association (KVLA) Director Karen Glass. She was presented with the honor during the NNYLN’s Annual Meeting held at the end of May at the Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid.
The NNYLN, based in Potsdam, provides services to libraries in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. The Excellence Award is given annually to a library staff member or director who contributes to: the encouragement of reading and creation of inducements to greater use of library materials; promotes interlibrary cooperation and sharing; and provides open access to information for all; among other attributes.
“It’s important to Karen that all members of her community enjoy and value their library,” a letter of nomination on Ms. Glass’s behalf stated. “She has brought recognition to the library in many ways – through excellent and well-attended programs, through her promotion of the library within the CEF (Clinton-Essex-Franklin) System, as well as involving the town supervisor in regular gatherings with constituents at the library.”
“I think Karen’s willingness to step bravely ‘out of the box’ and try anything that will be of service to her community is part of what makes her so integral,” another letter said. “Karen has her finger on the pulse of her community, and keeps it there cheerfully and tirelessly,” the letter continued. “Thanks to her excellence in service, energy, and caring, it is beating strongly for local residents, and for all of us in the larger library community.”
“Her enthusiasm for books and reading is contagious,” a letter of support said. “Karen relates well to all ages and designs programs to engage every group. Technology sessions for senior citizens are a very common occurrence at the library, and Karen also makes it her mission to become comfortable with new technology in order to help people who need it. Her friendly, no pressure approach, her ability to listen and her training as a teacher are always appreciated by patrons.”
Following the presentation Ms. Glass said, “Mostly, I was humbled by the recognition. I am more aware now than ever that I do not function alone. It is with the help of CEF (Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System) especially that I can look at the role of a library in a community. I can offer programs, write grants, process books, and many other things because the staff at CEF have always been there with support.”
“The KVLA library board is also to be thanked for first giving me the freedom and encouragement to offer programs and create a welcoming space, and also for holding me to a high stand of librarianship. The staff at the library are also the best. We work as a team; we work together to solve problems and make the library a resource to the community,” she added.
Over 60 individuals from the NNY Library Network’s seven-county region were on hand to congratulate Ms. Glass on her award.
Photo: Keene Valley Library Association Director Karen Glass with NNYLN Executive Director John Hammond.