Lisa Key, circulation manager for Washington County Free Library, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Paraprofessional by the Maryland Library Association.
The purpose of the award is to recognize a library paraprofessional or support staff member who has made a significant contribution to libraries in Maryland.
Any association member who does not possess a Master of Library Science is eligible for the award.
Recipients of the annual award have demonstrated active support for library funding, services, customers or staff, and promote professional growth among library support staff on the local, state or national level.
Her recommendation reads: “Lisa is the circulation manager at the Central Library of the Washington County Free Library system. She has worked at the library for over 30 years. She began life as a library assistant and worked her way up to head of the department. As a supervisor, Lisa has encouraged her staff to pursue educational opportunities, both academic and employment related. Many of her staff have gone on to earn college degrees or advanced their careers in the library system. She is also working on her bachelor’s degree. She is a member of the strategic planning committee and as such, has taken a lead role in defining the future of the system. She is one of the committee chairs charged with recommending new technology and revising the customer service model for the entire system. Over the years she has developed and organized the Teen Interest Board, a Yu-Gi-Oh Club and held extremely popular gaming overnighters. Her piece de resistance is the annual Teen Idol contest. Now five years old, Teen Idol is based upon the ‘American Idol’ TV show. It is a singing contest for teens. Lisa came up with the idea and she developed and coordinates the program.”
Mary Baykan, library director, said, “We are so proud of Lisa and all she has accomplished. She has truly made the library and our community better places to live, work and play.”
The association recognizes special people who have contributed to libraries in Maryland each year at the annual conference.
Key will receive her award at this year’s conference, which will be May 9 to 11 in Ocean City, Md.