Retirement: Norma Pountney

After spending 18 years working for a communications company, Norma Pountney viewed her future as an opportunity to help people through her work. She volunteered for a variety of organizations, including the Library, and found that she really enjoyed working with and helping people, and the Library suited her well. She decided to attend library school to acquire her master’s degree.
Pountney had come from a family of educators, with both of her parents being teachers. She never thought that she would also work for an educational organization, as she studied business in college and had previously worked on computer system development. OPL hired Pountney in 1995 as a part-time specialist working at the Washington and Florence branches. Within a year, she transferred to the History & Social Science department, working specifically on the Trans-Mississippi Expo collection. Next, she worked in the Business, Science & Technology department before being promoted to work as a librarian at Millard and Washington branches. From there, she went on to manage South Omaha Library and served in this role for 10 years before accepting a position as the senior branch manager, and in the past year, helped OPL as the interim library director.
With 20 years of accomplishments at OPL, Pountney decided it was time to retire in February. In retirement, she would like to spend more time on her quilting and some new crafts, as well as traveling, working in her garden, and spending time with her grandchildren.
On behalf of her colleagues at OPL and the many people she has helped serve over the years, we thank her for her service and wish her all the best in retirement.

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