Tomorrow, two Oakland Public Library officials will be recognized for their dedication to the public library system.
Interim Library Director, Gerry Garzón, and Oakland Public Library’s Advisory Commission Chair, Kathryn Sterbenc, will receive awards for Outstanding Service on Monday, November 4 at the 2013 California Library Association’s conference in Long Beach from the California Public Library Advocates (CPLA).
Chosen to lead by the Mayor of Oakland in November 2010, Ms. Sterbenc quickly rose into her role as Chair of the Library Advisory Commission (LAC) in July 2012. Ms. Sterbenc’s election has brought great success to the Oakland Public Library through her platform to reform the LAC and create a 2014 agenda that will keep the Oakland Public Library prosperous.
The CPLA will recognize Gerry Garzón’s outstanding work with many aspects within the library system as well. Shanthi Gonzales, Vice Chair of the LAC, exclaimed “He has been a committed partner to us as leaders of the Commission. He shares our goal of building a strong commission that is a strong advocate for library services and is willing to show up to anything, on the shortest of notice, to help us be successful.”
Both Kathryn Sterbenc and Gerry Garzón represent the ongoing achievements of the 14-member volunteer Commission with the awards they are to receive tomorrow. Their work has helped bring the library system into the spotlight for local elected officials, as well as citizens in order to improve the library system’s connection to its community.