Ellen M. Dolan is one of 10 librarians nationwide to receive the 2010 I Love My Librarian Award. A veteran of over 35 years of working in libraries, the director of the Shrewsbury (MA) Public Library won praise from town officials and patrons for her energy, creativity and dedication.
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In an unfriendly economic environment, Dolan has dealt with budget cuts by forging creative partnerships, including a “Sunday Sponsorship” program to keep the library open on Sundays. The partnership involved local businesses, individuals, community groups and such municipal groups as the Shrewsbury Firefighters’ Association. Approximately 35 Sundays are now funded entirely by donations from these partners each year.
The I Love My Librarian Awards are made by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Times and the American Library Association. Each recipient receives $5,000, and Ms. Dolan and other recipients were honored at a ceremony in New York City.