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Aimé Lohmeyer, Amy Wander, Shukrani Gray, Robin Goldblum, and Christine McCourtney make up the Library's new Strategic Programming team.

Introducing The Strategic Programming Team

As outlined in a 10-year strategic plan, the Library is working towards creating a Library Lifestyle for all New Orleanians by focusing on three pillars –– S.M.A.R.T. Kids, A Ready Workforce, and Open Doors. The Library Board approved the plan in May 2021. When voters chose to renew the Library’s primary millage in December, NOPL hit the ground running by forming an all new strategic programming team to address multiple points of the plan.

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Charles Delong, who worked in the duplications department for over 32 years.
Impact Stories

Charles Delong Retires from Library After 32-Year Printing Career

Whenever you pick up a paper handout from the New Orleans Public Library, there’s a good chance you’re holding Charles Delong’s work. Since 1989, Delong has been behind the Library scenes, printing every bookmark, every poster, every brochure, flyer, business card ––you name it, he printed it. Now, after 32 years of hard work, Delong has retired, leaving behind him a time capsule to the days long before the inkjet printer.

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Interlibrary Loan librarian Jan Barnes poses with one of the dubloons she sends back to other libraries when returning their materials.
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Interlibrary Loan Spreads Joy, New Orleans Culture Across Country With Every Returned Item

If you’ve ever exchanged materials through the New Orleans Public Library’s Interlibrary Loan service, you may have found a special trinket tucked into your items when they’ve come back – a doubloon. Those little slices of New Orleans are put there by librarian Jan Barnes, a 31-year NOPL veteran who has been at the helm of the Library’s ILL program for the past decade.

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