Retirement: Teresa Shane

With more than one million new books published each year, collection development specialist Teresa Shane considered her job of helping to build OPL’s adult fiction collection as an art rather than a science. For the past six years, Shane has combined her love of reading with her knowledge of what OPL readers enjoy to help purchase a robust collection of adult fiction works for the library system.
Shane decided, however, that it was time to let someone else take on this incredibly challenging task, and announced her retirement effective February 11.
Shane served at Omaha Public Library for 21 years, starting in 1995 as a part-time library specialist working at South Omaha Library and Willa Cather Branch. She transferred to Millard Branch in 1998 and worked to help patrons with reference questions and various other inquiries. She was, perhaps, most commonly sought by customers for her vast knowledge of the collection. No matter the topic or genre of book, it appeared that Shane was always prepared to make a suggestion to readers – a skill that translated nicely into collection development.
Shane will continue to nurture her love for reading as an OPL patron, and, citing South Omaha Library as her new “home branch,” promised that they would certainly see their circulation numbers increase. She plans to travel and spend time with her family in retirement. Also, vowing to continue learning new skills, Shane said that she will finally have time to learn how to parallel park!
OPL appreciates Shane’s service, and will miss her many insightful perspectives on literature. Her artistry will live on for many years at OPL in the adult fiction collection.
Thank you, Teresa!

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