Linda G. Wright Award

lga_2015_Pat_AbbottPat Abbott is the recipient of the 2015 Linda G. Wright Award.* Pat was presented with the award at the annual Staff Development Day event held on February 25th.

As Branch Manager, she is responsible for planning and implementing all public service functions and overseeing daily operations of the library. In addition, she has been a great library advocate and leader in the Sissonville community.

Pat demonstrates the knowledge and leadership skill she has gained during her many years of service. The past year has been an especially difficult one for KCPL. The Sissonville Branch was an almost perfect microcosm of the effects of the funding crisis, and Pat is a great example of how staff rose to the occasion to provide excellent service and rally the community to support the Library at a crucial time in its history.

Pat supported KCPL and the Sissonville Branch in the best way possible – by keeping a focus on leading her team to provide outstanding service, demonstrating to the community what was at stake, and raising awareness at every opportunity. Pat continually seeks to improve the appearance of the branch by making better use of space: changing the new books, providing comfortable seating, and adjusting the Teen Zone areas to make them more visible and inviting for the public. The concept of the library as the “community’s living room” is wonderfully expressed at the Sissonville Branch.

In 2014 Pat turned tough times into the inspiration to provide great service, and that hasn’t stopped since the crisis has passed. These are all examples of what the award entails – excellent customer service, leadership, initiative and a willingness to share her skills with others in the organization. It is for these reasons that Pat Abbott is the 2015 recipient of the Linda G. Wright Award for Excellence in Library Service.

Originally from Logan County, WV, Pat has worked at numerous jobs in Chicago, Illinois and Dayton, Ohio. She and her family moved to Chapmanville, WV in 1980 where she worked at the Chapmanville Public Library for 9 years. In 1990, she moved to Sissonville, WV to serve as the Branch Manager of the Sissonville Branch Library. In 2000 Pat received her degree in Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Her hobbies include crocheting, genealogy work, bowling and family. Pat is the mother of five children, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild. She just celebrated her twenty-five years of service with KCPL.

*The Linda G. Wright Award for Excellence in Library Service is an individual achievement award which recognizes a Kanawha County Public Library staff member who has contributed to outstanding customer service as well as showing exceptional leadership, initiative, and willingness to share his/her skills with others in the organization during the past year. KCPL is dedicated to providing excellent public service in a community where learning and reading are revered and being well informed is valued.