Ruth Eveland of Bar Harbor has been named Outstanding Librarian of the Year by the Maine Library Association. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Eveland named Librarian of Year

BAR HARBOR — Jesup Memorial Library Director Ruth A. Eveland has been chosen as the 2016 Outstanding Librarian of the Year by the Maine Library Association.

Eveland was nominated by the staff of the Jesup and received letters of support from board members, community leaders and other library professionals throughout the state. The Jesup staff said in a statement, “Ruth is a real visionary who encourages and supports each of us in our work for the Jesup. We love working for the Jesup under her leadership. This award is much deserved, and we’re thrilled for her.”

The Outstanding Librarian of the Year Award was created in 1993 to highlight professional achievement and service to the Maine Library Community. This award is presented each year to a librarian with a demonstrated record of service to his/her library, as well as service and leadership to the Maine library community and the library profession.

Judges consider the librarian’s record of service to her library in the promotion and development of library services that enrich the library’s staff and community, and the development of community and institutional support of the library. They also look at the librarian’s record of service to the library profession including involvement in state, regional or national library groups and activities, involvement in groups which promote the library profession and a record of professional leadership.

Eveland has been director of the Jesup since 2009, and under her leadership, the Jesup has vastly increased its impact in the community. Programming at the library has increased more than 2,000 percent since she was hired as director. Between 2012 and 2015, there has been an increase of 104 percent in the number of programs offered at the Jesup for adults, with an increase of 155 percent in attendance at programs. For the same period, there has been a 61.5 percent increase in the number of children’s programs at the Jesup, with an increase of 73.4 percent in attendance. She is the chair of the board of directors of the Northern Maine Library District.

Just last week, Eveland was awarded the 2016 Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s Cadillac Award for her commitment to the Bar Harbor community. The award is given to a person who epitomizes the virtues of leadership, service, sacrifice and the quest for personal excellence. This individual, through work within an industry, an organization or the community as a whole, has demonstrated a rock-solid commitment and dedication to the highest standards of business practice, ethical conduct and selfless public service.

Eveland said, “While I am deeply honored to be the name on the award, it was actually earned by the staff and board of the Jesup, and by the tremendous support our community has given to the work we do. Thank you for working with us to make the Jesup an outstanding library.”

Previously, she was director of the Troy Public Library in Troy, N.Y, director of the Camas Public Library in Camas, Wash., a branch librarian for the Spokane Public Library, assistant branch librarian at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Middleburgh Heights, Ohio, librarian at the Fairview Park Regional Library in Fairview Park, Ohio, and coordinator of services to institutions for the Burlington County Public Library in Mount Holly, N.J.

The award will be presented at the Maine Library Association’s Annual Conference on Nov. 14 at the Sunday River Resort in Newry.

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