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Pollard Memorial Library Accomplishments

During Fiscal Year 2013

  • Offered Customer Service training to all Library staff plus many other City employees.
  • Purchased 100+ books in Khmer from Cambodia to add to our foreign language collection.
  • Trustees and Director will complete new Strategic Plan for the Library before end of FY13.
  • Installed specially adapted computer software and hardware for patrons will low-vision needs.
  • With the help of the Pollard Library Foundation, finished restoration of Library art; had it hung professionally; and presented it to the public at a reception.
  • Retroactively  placed duplicate bar-codes (unique identifier tags) on a large portion of our materials so that they can be sorted for Interlibrary Loan using a newly automated sorting system at the state distribution hub.
  • Purchased an outside “book drop” receptacle that holds CDs and DVDs.  Our patrons can now return all types of materials, even when the Library is closed.
  • Our Friends of the Pollard Library held their first-ever, highly successful Children’s Shopping Day fundraiser at the Library prior to the Christmas holiday. Children had the opportunity to buy inexpensive gifts for family and friends with the help of FOL shoppers.
  • Hired Dorcas Lewis as our new Coordinator of Library Automation and Technical Services to fill a position that has been vacant for nearly 5 years.
  • Hired a part-time custodian for the Library.  We now have almost complete custodial coverage of the Library during open hours.
  • Added several electronic databases to our repertoire.  One is Safari, which contains technical books that patrons can read online.  We also added a subscription to a resume database called Cypress Resume and also a language-learning database called Transparent Language. 
  • Community Planning Librarian, Sean Thibodeau, secured a Lowell Cultural Council Grant to help fund our Lowell Reads program.
  • Literacy Program has secured the services of an intern from a local university.  The intern has been extremely helpful to the Literacy Director.
  • Library Staff are attending professional conferences and meetings such as NELA (New England Library Assoc.), MLA (Mass. Lib. Assoc.), NERTCL (New England Roundtable of Teen and Children Librarians), NERGC (New England Regional Genealogical Conference)
  • CORI-checked all our adult Library volunteers.
  • Through the hard work of our Young Adult Librarian, Beth Brassel,  we participated in Greater Lowell Vocational H.S. Wes Moore Project by hosting book talks, etc. at the Library.
  • Young Adult Librarian also collaborated with LTC (Lowell Telecommunications Corp.) on the Youth Matters: Media Festival for teens.