Dec. 13, 2012 — Dana Eure vividly remembers watching the Concord library’s bookmobile travel down the bumpy dirt road on which she lived as a child. She smiles as she reminisces about the summer programs that helped her cultivate a love for reading. Now, Eure works from an office on the second floor of the Concord library as director of the Cabarrus County Public Library System.
On December 6, the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association named Eure Library Director of the Year at their state meeting. In a little more than three years, Eure’s earned the respect of library directors across the state for building community capital, overseeing an award-winning branch renovation and focusing her staff on what matters most—customer service.
Under Eure’s leadership, the Cabarrus library system reinvented itself with innovative offerings, including a community read that engaged readers across Cabarrus, Union, Rowan and Stanly counties. She brought in new technologies and expanded electronic offerings to meet library patrons where they need services most, at work and home. To help meet the evolving needs of the four libraries in the system, Eure cultivated Friends of the Library groups and when funding cuts threatened the existence of the Cabarrus Literacy Council, she gave it a home at the Concord library.
“Dana has accomplished some truly amazing things in Cabarrus County,” said North Carolina State Librarian Cal Shepard. “I hold her up as a role model for her work with the Friends of the Library. We can all learn a lot by observing Dana.”
Eure was amazed to learn of the recognition.
“I’m honored and proud to receive the award,” Eure said. “It brings notice and credibility to the work of our dedicated staff members and our supportive community. Together, we built a library system that has something for everyone in Cabarrus County.”
Eure attributes the success of her team to their focus on the basics.
“It’s always a challenge to balance the needs and wants of the public with the mission of the library and our available resources,” Eure said. “It comes down to books, computers and programming.”
Eure welcomes the digital age and integrates technology into library activities and resources whenever possible. Rather than shush visitors, Eure and her staff are creating opportunities to interact with them and inspire idea exchanges.
“We’re doing things every day to help move the library forward and create a gathering place for our community,” she said. “We want to open their eyes to all that the library has to offer, one great experience at a time.”