Seymour Library director Lisa Carr is this year's recipient of the 2014 Outreach Award from the Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council. She received the award at the annual meeting of the Finger Lakes Library System earlier this month. The award recognizes outstanding service to underserved groups and people with special needs. Lisa was selected from nominees throughout the library system, which has 33 libraries in five counties including Cayuga County.
If you're a frequent patron of the library, you've seen the result of many of Lisa's efforts in reaching people with visual and physical disabilities and those who might not ordinarily use the library. Her achievements include acquiring adaptive technology for visually impaired individuals to use at the library, relocating the large type collection and biographies for better access, developing computer classes for adults 55 and older, and instituting field trips for third-graders in the Auburn Enlarged City School District.
Lisa also is active in many community organizations, including ABC Cayuga, Literacy Volunteers, Auburn Education Foundation, Rotary and Kiwanis.
"Lisa Carr was hired two and a half years ago and has developed a 21st century transformation of culture change at Seymour Library,” says Patricia Messina, president of the Seymour Public Library District Board of Trustees. As a result of her work, Messina said, circulation is up 20 percent in the past year.
Lisa has been on the library staff since 2003 and was named director in March 2012.