Illinois Library Association Recognizes Award-Winning Staff Members

Jen Fredericks - TBS, Inc. Technical Service Award

Ever wonder who makes sure all of those books get onto the shelves and into your hands? Look no further than Technical Services Manager Jen Fredericks. Jen has made substantial contributions to the library with her leadership skills and perseverance. No problem is too big for Jen and her technical services team to tackle—particularly when its solution will benefit DGPL users.

Since December 2013, Jen has been hard at work streamlining workflows and cross-training staff. She led staff and patrons through the complete catalog and My Account migration in 2015 and has created a variety of procedural enhancements, saving staff multiple hours of work and providing patrons with significantly better service.

Colleagues describe Jen as a “hard-working problem solver who enjoys a challenge,” which explains her active participation on the SWAN Cataloging Advisory and SWAN OCLC Cataloging Libraries groups. She assists staff at DGPL and beyond and is committed to technical services excellence.



Lynette Pitrak - Young Adult Librarian of the Year
Teen Librarian Lynette Pitrak is recognized for implementing services that promote a love of literature and positive feelings about libraries. She has written (and won!) grants for teen programs, been a strong advocate for teens throughout the community, and shared her passion for her work at state and national conferences.

Of programs such as View from the Director’s Chair, DGPL Adult & Teen Services Manager Nicole Wilhelms shared, “Lynette has dramatically improved our teen services through innovative use of new resources, generous partnerships with local collaborators, and a deep personal commitment to the needs of young adults.” Katie Richert, former DGPL staff member, referred to the Blind Book Dating program, “This event was so popular at one middle school that they had to take registrations! All these happy teenagers because of Lynette’s hard work!”

Award winners will be presented their awards on October 10 during the 2017 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. Congratulations Jen and Lynette—DGPL is lucky to have you!