Helen Graham, Reuben Hoar Library, Paralibrarian Recipient; Diane Faye, (retired) Boston Public Library; Marnie Oakes, Reuben Hoar Library and Laurie Christie, Paralibrarian, 2007.
Stand out! Ideas, creativity and inspiration were the words of Laurie Christie. Add to that mix, the crucial ingredient: the willing attitude of a library administrator.
Marnie Oakes revealed that it takes employees who have a devoted commitment to the library and community, sometimes to the point of working above and beyond to create a win-win for the library and the town. Diane Faye agreed with Marnie that it sometimes takes making the jump to another job. Diane feels it it is crucial to find your confidence, take risks and finding management that MUST support you. Diane wore many hats as a paralibrarian at the Boston Public Library, in the AFSME union and held posts in paraprofessional sections of national and state organizations. Helen Graham shared the story of her small town suffering financial woes and the library suffering from staffing cuts. Her director, Marnie Oakes, encouraged the paraprofessional staff to get involved with each other and paraprofessional organizations.