AURORA, CO, June 3, 2008 — Justine Shaffner has joined the staff at BCR. Shaffner is filling a new position in BCR’s Marketing & Outreach department, reflecting BCR’s renewed commitment to helping public libraries perform at their very best. The new position reflects an organization-wide move by BCR to develop programs and add focus to specific library types in an effort to help devise solutions for the unique challenges within each individual library market.
As public library market coordinator, Shaffner hopes to help libraries create innovative solutions for their most challenging problems. Of her new position, Shaffner says, "BCR has solutions for many issues public libraries encounter. My goal is to talk to public libraries about their biggest concerns and together we can craft solutions that really work. I am excited to help BCR begin to hone its broad base of library knowledge and expertise into a clear understanding and awareness of the needs of specific library types." As public library market coordinator, Shaffner will be convening public library working groups to help inform BCR’s future products and services offerings.
In addition to her duties as public library market coordinator, Shaffner will also be acting as project coordinator for PLINKIT, the multistate cooperative that aims to help public libraries implement the open-source software, Plone, to develop customized websites for their individual libraries.
Before joining BCR, Shaffner spent more than 10 years at the Douglas County libraries in Colorado, first as reference librarian and then head of Adult Services for the Philip S. Miller Library. Previous to that, Shaffner held the library director position for the Sandown Public Library in Sandown, New Hampshire. In addition, she was chair of the statewide AskColorado Steering Committee for six years which won the AskCO Project of the Year award in 2004. She has a wealth of public library experience, and BCR is excited to have such a strong advocate for public libraries on the team.
BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach new customers, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit www.BCR.org or email info@BCR.org.