DATE: July 30, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
Laura Connors has been named the associate director for public services for Broward County Libraries Division. She has worked for Broward County Libraries for over 22 years, most recently as the assistant regional library manager for Northwest Regional Library and Southwest Regional Library.
“We are very excited to welcome Laura Connors as our new associate director for public services,” says Broward County Libraries Division Director Skye Patrick. “Her broad range of experience with Broward County Libraries at all levels of management, commitment to innovation and excellent customer service make her the ideal person for this position.”
Connors earned a bachelor's degree in history as well as a master's degree in library science from the University of Missouri. She started her career with Broward County Libraries Division in 1991 as a part-time librarian. After several years, she began working full-time at Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where she became the first Adult Reference Service Trainer for Broward County Libraries Division. She has served as a branch library manager at both Deerfield Beach Percy White and West Atlantic branch libraries.
Additionally, Connors has trained many staff members in various Libraries Division sections and has conducted classes and workshops for Broward County. For several years, she conducted the orientation session to introduce the Library to 100 youths as part of the Workforce One Summer program.
“I look forward to working with Broward County administration, the community and Broward County Library staff members to provide excellent public service to all," says Connors.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission.