director of the Westchester Public Library, will receive the Indiana Library
Federation’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 18 at the Marriott East
Hotel in Indianapolis. This award was developed to recognize someone who has
rendered lengthy, outstanding service to Indiana libraries and to his or her
local community while impacting others regionally or statewide.
director of the library in 1978 after receiving his master’s degree in
library science from Indiana University. Over the following years, he
developed a dynamic vision for the library, one that he shared with the
board of trustees, employees, and the community. As libraries and
technologies evolved over time, he continually looked at ways to offer
excellent library service and to hire the right people to support the
A gifted problem
solver, Phil reconfigured the physical space of the library and aligned
resources to achieve excellence for a growing community. During financially
challenging times, such as when Bethlehem Steel filed for bankruptcy, Phil
literally “rebuilt the library one program and one employee at a time,”
according to one nomination letter.
His acumen for
technology has allowed him to encourage and help numerous organizations and
businesses with their automation efforts. He has also conducted library
budgeting and accountant workshops for area library trustees and staff. Over
the years Phil has raised awareness in others about issues during the
General Assembly that would affect Indiana libraries.
When Phil retires,
he will leave a lasting legacy. He worked with the library board to create a
new home for the Chesterton Adult Learning Center in a former bank building;
he worked with others to create the Westchester Township History Museum,
operated by WPL, and he negotiated a lease agreement for the rental of a
school corporation-owned historic building to house the museum.
Throughout his long
career, Phil has served as a role model to others in developing
inter-organizational partnerships and in serving the Westchester Township
community with dedication, integrity and innovation.