From the DirectorJun 1st, 2014 | By RFPL | Category: Library Information
“Your Journey Starts Here”
Having been identified as a “Learning Library” we are delighted that this motto not only inspires you, our lovely patrons, but also our own staff. We are committed to training, developing and mentoring all of our staff, especially those interested in growing their career, such as our Dominican graduate students.
Staff are given an opportunity to test the waters before they commit to a specialty, to work at various service desks in order to get the feel of the entire library operation, as well as to participate in collection development, programs and outreach according to their strengths and interests. We in turn benefit from their energy, great ideas and fresh knowledge with respect to what’s new in libraries.
Many, if not all, have since gone on to rewarding full time careers at other institutions. In the past seven years we have launched five Children’s Librarians, three Library Media Specialists, two Adult Services Librarians, one corporate Librarian, and, just recently (with the departure of our Head of Circulation, Ted Bodewes), a Director!
Perhaps the most rewarding and satisfying outcome: with their help, we fine tune our own service model to you, our patrons, as we form the character, grow work habits and fulfill the professional aspirations of our staff.
Yours in Library Love,
Director, River Forest Public Library