BPL selects employee of the year

Terri Spiegel selected as 2010 Ruth Connell Award recipient

At a brief ceremony during Staff Appreciation Day Thursday May 27, Director of the Library Marilyn Laubacher announced Terri Spiegel was the winner of the annual Ruth Connell Award.

The award is named for Baldwinsville Public Library's first librarian, and recognizes employees of the library for exemplary service. The recipient is considered the Employee of the Year, receives a $100 stipend and is listed on a plaque, which is on permanent display in the library.

Each year, the director keeps the recipient a secret until the presentation ceremony. All staff members are eligible for the award, but must be nominated by coworkers. A committee consisting of two board members and the library director consider all nominations and select the recipient in May of each year.

This year the recipient of the Ruth Connell Award is Library Page Terri Spiegel, who was nominated by two separate coworkers. Neither coworker knew the other was nominating Spiegel, but Director Laubacher noted in her award speech how similar the two nomination letters were. Both mentioned Spiegel's smiles, her readiness to "take on any assignment without complaint," her professional attitude and her exemplary service to library patrons, which in turn "motivates other staff members."

Laubacher noted that in addition to keeping both public and staff areas of the library clean and attractive, Spiegel volunteers to help her fellow staff or take extra desk time whenever needed, and does it all cheerfully and with a smile. She brings books to the residents at St. Mary's Apartments, and rather than just dropping off the books, she spends time chatting with the readers. She is also an important member of the staff's Sunshine Committee, organizing cards and flowers for the sick or bereaved and food deliveries for sick or injured staff who are stuck at home. Spiegel has also driven staff members to the store when needed and even to the emergency room.

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