The PMLG Public Library Champion for 2019 is Jillian McFrederick, Branch Manager of Carrickfergus Library for Libraries Northern Ireland. Lorensbergs is privileged to sponsor this award, with netloan account manager James Mortimer presenting the award to Jillian at the PMLG Conference dinner earlier this month (see photo above).
The ways in which Jillian McFrederick and her team at Carrickfergus Library engage and serve their community are truly inspirational. Particularly noteworthy is the wide range of demographics that are supported through the many library programmes and activities.
Jillian is someone who’s gone the extra mile to develop programmes that make the big difference to people’s lives. She is widely known to be customer-focused, while being a terrific advocate for libraries.
Carrickfergus library’s well-being initiatives are so important at the moment to delivering shared national and local objectives in libraries, and Jillian has shown deep commitment, always keenly responsive to the local community in shaping how they are delivered. She leads on reading groups, develops strong links with local authors (see photo of author event below), and is always sharing her learning and introducing new initiatives to the library.
There are too many projects to name in the space of a short blog, but here are some of the ones that caught the attention of the award judges...