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Library Managers Honored at Ohio Library Council

Geauga County Public Library Branch Managers Awarded with 2023 Library Innovation Award from Ohio Library Council

Geauga County – August 1st, 2023 – The Geauga County Public Library’s six branch managers — Dani Hollar, Judy Lasko, Rachael Hartman, Alicia Evans, Kevin Barton, & Eric Coulbourne — have been awarded by the Ohio Library Council (OLC) with the OLC 2023 Library Innovation Award for the library system’s “The Essentials” employee orientation program.

The Essentials program is a significant addition to the Geauga County Public Library’s staff orientation process. It brings together staff from each Geauga County Public Library branch during their first year as library employees and assists them in developing a deep understanding of the library as an institution and its need to provide excellent customer service to the Geauga community we serve. The completion of this program leads to a well-informed and compassionate staff who provide excellent library services to the Geauga community, helping maintain Geauga County Public Library’s critical role in the county.

Thank you, Dani Hollar, Judy Lasko, Rachael Hartman, Alicia Evans, Kevin Barton, & Eric Coulbourne, for your commitment to the Geauga County Public Library, its staff, and patrons through your innovative approach to staff orientation. Their efforts not only create a more well-informed staff, but one that is also unified in the goal to connect, engage, and inspire the Geauga community.

Geauga County Public Library branch managers will be recognized for their work during a special ceremony and luncheon at the annual OLC conference in Cincinnati on September 27th.

About Geauga County Public Library

The Geauga County Public Library, rated a 4-Star Library by Library Journal, includes five full-service Branches in Bainbridge, Chardon, Chesterland (Geauga West), Middlefield, and Thompson, a fleet of Mobile Services vehicles that serve rural areas and community centers, and an Administrative Center where technical services, computer services, facilities, and administrative functions reside, in addition to its public library space. GCPL has more than 900,000 books and eBooks. The collection also contains more than 100,000 audio/video items and 60 Research databases available through its website. Geauga County Public Library is a member of the CLEVNET consortium, giving patrons access to more than 12 million items. Learn more about the Geauga County Public Library at

August 1, 2023

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