Library Receives 2005 Human Dignity Award

Posted By:  Chantal Strobel
Date Posted:  6/16/2004

The Deschutes Public Library received the biannual “Dignity Award” presented from the Central Oregon Chapter of the Human Dignity Coalition. The award recognized the Library for respecting the confidentiality and privacy of each library user, and for the diversity of both library programming and the library collection. In accepting the award, Library Director Michael Gaston praised library staff for empowering and assisting all library users by guiding individuals to information that would help them achieve their self-directed goals.

"Library staff guides patrons to the information they are seeking and do so confidentially and without judgement." stated Gaston.

The Library's Community Relations department was recognized for the thought-provoking series of adult programs the Library sponsored this past year. Gaston credited Children's Services Manager Heather McNeil for her personal leadership in the area of intellectual freedom. Heather explained the importance of a diverse collection in a free democracy.

McNeil exclaimed, “If you can’t find something in the Library to which you object, you should complain!”

Gaston also recognized all Library staff for creating a welcoming environment, respecting the confidentiality of each patron, and creating a collection which encompasses all points of view.

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