AVENEL — For the second year in a row the NJ Librarian of the Year award has gone to a librarian who sits on the executive board of LMxAC, the library consortium that has served libraries in central New Jersey for 25 years. These two libraries could not be more different yet their award winning directors have created libraries that are vital to each community and in their own distinctive style have enhanced the image of libraries and librarians throughout our state.
Joe Da Rold, director of the Plainfield Public Library, was named NJLA Librarian of the Year in 2010. Earlier this month Irene Goldberg, director of the Monroe Township Public Library was “crowned” Librarian of the Year for 2011. While their home libraries have every reason to be proud of their directors, LMxAC is equally honored to have these two experienced and talented professionals as members of its executive board.
“We are so pleased to have both Joe and Irene as Board members,” said Eileen M. Palmer, Executive Director of LMxAC. “Both have unique and valuable perspectives and represent communities that have distinctive needs and requirements. As library leaders their vision has helped to shape LMxAC into a highly successful cooperative that allows each library to build on its local strengths while enhancing services and saving money.”
Both Goldberg and Da Rold have been librarians for over 40 years and bring to their home libraries and the consortium that they help to administer, strength of character and a willingness to tackle the hard jobs. They have made it their mission to make their libraries accessible and advance community relations. Both individuals have donated their time and energies to promote libraries by assuming leadership roles in the New Jersey Library Association.
Joe Da Rold has pioneered literacy and local history programs in Plainfield that have become role models for other libraries. In addition to administering the library, Da Rold has made time for a remarkable record of community involvement participating in city commissions, task forces and organizations. A colleague once described him as “a visionary who makes things happen”. His involvement in these community groups has earned him and Plainfield multiple honors from historical and cultural arts associations.
Goldberg arrived in Monroe when the library was still only a dream for the township. From a folding table and chair in the basement of the municipal building, she built one of the busiest municipal libraries in New Jersey – 70 percent of Monroe residents are library cardholders. You can often find her chatting with customers in the library or visiting one of the many retirement communities to let seniors know all about the many services their local library provides.
LMxAC currently consists of libraries in Carteret, Dunellen, Edison, Jamesburg, Kenilworth, Long Branch, Manville, Matawan-Aberdeen, Metuchen, Middlesex, Middlesex County College, Milltown, Monroe, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Plainfield, Plainsboro, Red Bank, Roselle, Roselle Park, Sayreville, South Brunswick, South River and Spotswood.
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