Liang Receives Carol J. Parris Mentoring Award
McCracken County Public Library Director Marie Liang has received the Carol J. Parris Mentoring Award during the annual Kentucky Library Association (KLA) conference held this week in Louisville, KY. She was nominated by the library’s department managers team of Libby Childers, Adult Services Manager; Iris Garrott, Youth Services Manager; Kim Hunt, Business Manager; and Patti Sallee, Technical Services Manager.
Her letter of nomination was created in honor of her guidance and friendship. Their words follow:
Marie has encouraged each and every member of the library team to continue their education. She has supported us emotionally and has successfully encouraged the Board of Trustees to provide funding for continuing education. The 2008-09 budget provides over $31,000 for staff education. This includes tuition support for approximately 16 employees.
When Marie began working at the McCracken County Public Library in 1992 there were only a few employees with KDLA certification. Presently all but one of our librarians has their Paraprofessional certification. The one exception should complete her certification within a year. There are others that are working toward higher degrees of certification.
Marie doesn’t limit her encouragement to just a few, it is across the board from full-time to part-time. She believes that any education provided to employees just makes them better employees. Under her guidance the following have received degrees: Libby Childers, Masters Degree in Library Science; Bobbie Wrinkle, Bachelors Degree from Murray State University, and Kim Hunt, Associate of Arts from West Kentucky Community Technical College.
Not only has she supported us with continuing education at the college level she has encouraged us to be involved in the local community. The library participates as a member of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. We have employees that are active members of the Business and Professional Women’s Association, Rotary Club, and the Lions Club. Three of us have been through the Leadership Paducah program. We have employees that volunteer for Kiwanis Club’s McCracken County Fair, serve on the Market House Museum board and work as Precinct Officers for local, state and national elections. All are paid on library time for their service to our community.
Marie has taught us as managers that communication is the key to management. Document, document, document and email in triplicate is her mentoring motto to prove that more heads are better than just one when it comes to decision making.
One employee attributes Marie to helping her grow up since she has worked with her from her teenage years. Marie has helped many of us through marriage, child rearing, divorce, and loss of loved ones. She has always encouraged us to keep on keeping on. She has truly counseled, guided and advised us to help shape our personal lives as well as our professional capabilities.
We are so proud to have Marie as our leader and our friend and happy that KLA has recognized her exceptional guidance with this award!