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2013-01-16 / Local News

Director maintains library’s presence

SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW
by ERIKA CARLSON


Mooney Mooney As director of the Clarence Public Library, Monica Mooney doesn’t just manage books.

She handles the staffing and programming and makes sure the library is up-to-date with current technology.

“I direct the library to make sure it fulfills its mission in providing quality library services to the people of Clarence and also, in a broader respect, of Erie County,” Mooney said.

Mooney has worked with the library system since 1997 and has been director of the Clarence Public Library since August 2009.

A love of libraries as a child prompted Mooney to study information and library science at the University at Buffalo.

“As a child, I used the public library on a weekly basis,” she said. “I’m always interested in finding information, and I like public service as well.”

Keeping up with the technological trends is an important way to keep libraries current, Mooney said.

Despite the ease the Internet provides in finding information, Mooney said people still need assistance.

“It can be daunting for some people trying to find what they’re looking for, whether it be a popular novel or specific information on what they’re researching,” Mooney said. “I feel that the profession of being a librarian is still so important to help people find the information they’re looking for.”

Mooney said she ensures that her library keeps up with new trends in technology and resources by attending conferences, webinars, classes and meetings.

Besides assisting people, Mooney said she also enjoys meeting Clarence residents and working with the community.

“The Clarence community in particular is really great. I developed a lot of positive relationships with various community members,” she said. “I like talking to people and helping people. It’s such a joy to see people leave happy that they found something.”

When Mooney’s not helping others at the library, she said she enjoys watching movies, taking walks and spending time with her three children.

“I am a mom so I’m very busy,” Mooney said. “We like to spend a lot of time together as a family.”

(Story ideas for this feature can be sent to The Clarence Bee, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221-5410 or call 204-4921.)

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