Michelle A. McLagan, Director of the Hepburn Library of Lisbon, has been awarded the North County Library System’s Outstanding Library Advocate Award.
Michelle has been the director of the Hepburn Library of Lisbon since 2010 and has successfully worked to substantially increase library patronage, circulation, programs, services, and visibility in the Lisbon community. In her role as library director, she also serves as secretary of the North Country Library System (NCLS) Director’s Organization, is an active member of the Battle of the Books Committee, and participates in other committees pertaining to the NCLS library system.
Her library presence in St. Lawrence County also includes serving as secretary of the Ogdensburg Public Library Board of Trustees, and working part-time in the children’s room at the Canton Free Library. In addition, Michelle is the author of the weekly North Country Now “Check Us Out” column featuring articles and information about St. Lawrence County libraries.
According to Matthew Corey, NCLS Online Resources Consultant, “To be a library advocate means promoting public awareness of library services. It means taking advantage of and creating opportunities to be vocal about libraries. It means reaching out to make connections with individuals who are in a position to partner with or help the library. This is no easy task; it takes a voice, it takes being proactive, it takes effort. Michelle has a finger on the pulse of North Country libraries, in part because she is a proactive and hardworking director of a library. However, it is her efforts both inside and outside her library, advocating for all libraries, for which the North County Library System is compelled to recognize her with the award for Outstanding Library Advocate”.