DATE: May 13, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Laura Connors was recently named the assistant director of Broward County Libraries Division. She has worked for Broward County Libraries for over 23 years, most recently as the associate director for public services, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels of management.
“Laura Connors’ proven track record in library management, her excellent interpersonal skills and her ability to take a strategic vision and make it happen will strengthen Broward County Library,” says Broward County Library Director Skye Patrick. “Her leadership skills and commitment to library innovation make her a natural fit for the 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 Library and the now-closed West Atlantic Library.
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. In her most recent position as associate director for public service, Connors successfully managed 37 library branches and, among other responsibilities, participated in numerous professional conferences and workshops to promote Broward County Libraries.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the largest library system in Florida by square footage 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. Broward County Libraries Division 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, movies 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.