Employee of the Month - September 2021

September Employee of the Month

Congratulations to the September Employee of the Month!

Jenny understands local community needs but is also dedicated to the success of the OC Public Libraries’ system. She has demonstrated exceptional service to the public through her leadership and contributions on various committees, including the Job Seeker Series, Summer Reading Program, and Literary Orange. For the Job Seeker series, Jenny assisted with the implementation of the Workforce Partnership Initiative (WPI) grant. She was instrumental in coordinating staff meetings, scheduling workshops, and, most importantly, connecting relevant resources with job seekers visiting the mobile unit. As part of her efforts, she also assisted with assembling tote bags for the public, which included materials for individuals searching for employment. For some of the workshops, she volunteered to facilitate them after hours and took on additional sessions when coverage was needed. 

As the lead for the Summer Reading program, Jenny has worked with the committee to successfully plan a series of summer programs, collaborated with Community Relations for social media posts, and created reading lists for the Orange County Department of Education. To date, the Summer Reading program has welcomed nearly 3,700 participants. This year, the Literary Orange event was held virtually. Jenny assisted with the registration process and communicated with the attendees to make sure they had the information needed to successfully access the event. In her communication, she delivered excellent customer service and the attendees expressed their satisfaction with the event. Finally, through her work on Rita Recommends, anytime an organization requests a reading list, Jenny is always available to help and happily sends her recommendations.

In her role with various committees, Jenny displays exemplary collaboration with colleagues. She is a great leader who listens to the feedback of her peers. In her efforts to offer a robust, virtual summer reading program, she collaborated with other committees such as Kindergarten Readiness and Charlie Cart to create content promoting the summer reading program. For Literary Orange, she worked closely with OCIT to change and troubleshoot the registration page. She also worked with the Orange County Public Library Foundation for any ticket issues and book ordering.

Jenny has done a fantastic job, while maintaining a positive, can-do attitude. She has willingly led various projects to meet the needs of the community served. It is evident that she takes great pride in her work and is willing to step in and help when needed.