(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Rebecca (Becca) Bommersbach and Susannah Connor recently received the 2016 Sharon G. Womack Outstanding Library Technician and Outstanding Library Service Awards, respectively, from the Arizona State Library Association (AzLA).
In her current role as Library Technical Assistant at the Martha Cooper Library, Bommersbach assists customers of all ages with their technological needs. As a member of the Children’s Services Team, she was a driving force behind the implementation of the Library’s snack program, a vital service in an area where food insecurity rates are high.
Bommersbach has also helped transform the Library’s Teen Lounge into a more inclusive Game Lounge Program designed for children ages 8 and older. Colleagues describe her as articulate, dynamic, considerate, and forward-thinking and praise her enthusiastic love of innovation and ability to create an ease of understanding in a fast-paced environment.
Bommersbach says, “It brings me great satisfaction to be doing the work I do for this community, and to be so highly-regarded by my colleagues and the AzLA is an incredible honor.”
A Librarian at the Dusenberry-River Library, Connor coordinates adult programs and serves on the Health and Seed Library Teams. She represented the Library in the Healthy Pima Initiative and was instrumental in gathering data on the health needs of customers to help inform Library and county-wide outreach. She has also fostered numerous relationships with organizations like the Sarver Health Center, resulting in expanded Library health programs, including Heart Health and Tai Chi classes.
A tireless member of the Seed Library Team, Connor helped bring the first-ever International Seed Library Forum to Tucson, which attracted attendees from seven countries and played a role in Tucson being named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
“The Library supports innovative services that bring people together to build a healthy, collaborative community," says Connor. "It’s wonderful to be part of a library having such a positive impact. I’m both inspired by and grateful to my colleagues who show me how to learn and connect in creative, new ways.”
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