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October 30, 2007
CONTACT: Media and Communications

Librarian earns Award of Excellence

The California Library Association (CLA) has presented its Award for Excellence as a Public Librarian to Rebecca “Becky” Guillan, principal librarian of the Moreno Valley Public Library. Guillan received the award at the association’s conference in Long Beach on Friday, October 26, 2007.

The award is given to a professional librarian who has demonstrated an extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and a distinguished ability to share that knowledge; a record of outstanding programming for children or adults (or both); a record of extensive community outreach; and recent implementation of new and creative service to the public.

“Becky has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment to the Moreno Valley Public Library and this community,” said Cynthia Pirtle, Director of Library Services. “During the months after water intrusion caused a mold problem in various areas of the library building, we had to move out of the facility, into temporary quarters and back to a refurbished building. In those very trying 18 months, Becky showed amazing leadership and vision as she assessed several key issues, assumed the task of interior space planning, and was very much involved in the planning and renovation of the vacated library. She managed to maintain her wonderful sense of humor, which kept staff morale high,” Pirtle said.

“I’m delighted to receive this honor. I truly enjoy being a librarian and serving the community,” Guillan said.

Guillan has worked at the Moreno Valley Public Library since 1998.