PLYMC Librarian Pamela Brockway Chosen by Ohio Library Council for Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award

COLUMBUS, OH (August 6, 2019 / For Immediate Release) — Pamela Brockway, Early Learning Team Leader at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), has been chosen to receive the Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award from the Ohio Library Council (OLC) in Columbus.

The OLC notes: “The Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award recognizes Ohio’s library leaders of tomorrow. This award was created as an acknowledgement of Diana’s enthusiasm, and active and creative contributions to the library profession.”
Criteria for the award includes: “Individual career demonstrates future leadership potential by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the profession, including advocacy in special areas such as intellectual freedom, library innovation, outreach, and/or expansion of library services.”

The award winners will be recognized during a special Ohio Library Council ceremony and luncheon on Wed., Sept. 25, during the 2019 Convention and Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

Mrs. Brockway was nominated by Erin Phemester, Library Programming and Youth Services Director, due to “Pam’s dedication to providing exemplary service to her fellow library staff and all library users in the areas of Early Literacy and Early Learning.”

Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC Executive Director, “Pam has had a great impact on Early Learning services in her first years at PLYMC. Her desire to keep growing as a librarian and to share her knowledge with the rest of us ensures that PLYMC is using the very latest strategies to provide families in our community with the very best on every visit. Her work on Kindergarten Readiness is benefitting not only Mahoning County, but will help the entire state.”

Mrs. Brockway secured a Kindergarten Readiness Grant in January of 2019. PLYMC received a grant of $16,500 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the State Library of Ohio which supports kindergarten readiness training for librarians and the purchase of Early Learning Backpacks for families to borrow.

Saroj Ghoting, recognized leader in Early Childhood Literacy, said, “Pam is one of the few people who is able to see the big picture, as well as attend to details. Even more importantly, she is able to articulate the big picture.” She continued, “She uses these traits to work tirelessly in the community to make sure the public library is ‘at the table’ and a valuable asset in supporting families and institutions for school readiness.” Saroj Ghoting is collaborating with Mrs. Brockway to provide training in best practices for Early Learning programming in libraries. These training sessions are provided to librarians from across the state of Ohio.

Mrs. Brockway has been at PLYMC for four years and has served as Early Learning Team Leader since April of 2018.  She resides in North Lima.

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