Dawn Cline honored by Iowa Library Association
Dawn Cline, community outreach services coordinator for the Marion Public Library, was recently honored by the Iowa Library Association (ILA) with the inaugural Distinguished Career Award. Cline was honored during the ILA awards luncheon held as part of the annual conference on Thursday, October 4th.The award recognizes an ILA member with significant accomplishments and more than 15 years of experience in the library community.
Cline’s career with the Marion Public Library began in 1993, when she was hired as a part-time library page. She was promoted to a full-time library assistant in 2000 and again in 2016 to outreach services coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include: designing and facilitating outreach, serving as a member of the library’s leadership team, staffing the Information Services desk and processing materials.
In his nomination letter, former Library Director Elsworth Carman wrote, “Dawn is hyper-focused on finding new and better ways to connect community members with library services. She blends kindness, efficiency and resource awareness in a masterful way.”
Examples of her accomplishments include: partnering with the Friends of the Library to provide books to home bound patrons; implementing offsite mobile library card sign-up at senior centers, schools and clinics; working with home school administrators and parents to bring awareness to library services and resources; getting library cards added to school supply lists; and collaborating with City leaders, the Heritage Agency on Aging and the Marion Parks and Recreation Department to develop Encore Café, a catered lunch option for area seniors which meets at the library two days each week.
Criteria for the Distinguished Career Award include: at least 15 years of experience in library work, library betterment through innovation, broadened scope and/or quality of service, contribution to any area of service benefiting library users, leadership in education and in-service training for library personnel or trustees, improvement in library techniques or management and development of innovative or exceptional library facilities.
Cline (center) is pictured with Library Board President Susan Kling (left) and Library Director Hollie Trenary (right).