Worthington News

Library Lines

By Lindsey Smith
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Volunteering can become a full-time job; just ask those who committed more than 100 hours to Worthington Libraries in 2012. Without their help, it would be much more difficult to keep the library's three busy locations running smoothly.

Bob Hollinger, a former engineer and vice president of operations, started volunteering for the library in 2005, and until recently, could be found tracking down books for interlibrary loan. He has since "retired," but not before racking up 2,200 hours, including 324 hours in 2012 alone.

Jae Bull has a full-time job, and yet still finds time to help at the library. She resurfaces CDs and DVDs so they can continue to circulate, and has indexed two years' worth of newspapers for the Worthington News Index, to the tune of over 770 hours since 2009.

The Worthington Memory project has been Ron Koncal's focus since 2009. He spends four hours a week scanning a variety of documents -- from photos to newsletters to phone directories -- and uploads them to the Web.

Vikram Periasamy has been using his degree in computer networking systems to help with catalog maintenance. He spent 170 hours last year working to update the records of our holdings for OCLC's WorldCat.

The library's circulation departments also have their fair share of high-yield volunteers. For more than six years, Jeffrey Strasser has spent at least three hours a week shelving board books and magazines at the Northwest Library, and retiree Bill Lee has been doing the same at Worthington Park Library since 2011.

Natalee Sperry spends just about every Thursday morning at Worthington Park Library, accumulating almost 200 hours in 2012. She can shelve several carts, pull books requested for reserve and greet Thursday morning storytime patrons all in the course of a few hours.

Darby Williamson's hard work earned her a volunteer award from HandsOn Central Ohio in 2011, and last year she gave over 200 hours to the library. She can usually be found assisting at children's programs, but also helps by collecting petition signatures for Northwest Library's summer concert series.

Lindsey Smith is outreach services/volunteer coordinator for Worthington Libraries.

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