> Woodland Library Services Director Paul Miller will be receiving a state award Sunday for his outstanding work with the board of trustees.
The California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners, or CALTAC
, award will be presented to Miller
during the California Library Association Conference in Long Beach. Miller, who took on the job of library director in August 2004, was nominated for the recognition by George Goding, president of the Woodland Public Library Board of Trustees.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving than Paul
," Goding said.
...Additionally, "the citizens even rave about Director Miller as a budding star in the annual Friends of the Library Mystery Dinner," a community-participation fundraiser where public figures enact suspenseful plot lines. Miller
approach was fairly simple - he
started out by listening to the Board of Trustees, Friends
of the Library and the library staff to find out what changes they wanted, and then he
took on a few of the suggestions as projects.
"They all just seemed to have years of pent up desires for the library," Miller
Those desires included making the library feel less claustrophobic, updating the book collection and buying more books, Miller
"The main thing an administrator needs to do is have one big success for the staff," Miller
said, "and it will make them happy."
Making the front lobby of the library feel more spacious, for example, led to compliments from patrons and a boost in staff morale that led to even more creative ideas for improvement, Miller
When those types of positive "loops" form, he
said, more success will follow.
In the near future, Miller
expects to be able to expand the library.About 11,000-square-feet will be added to the west side of the building that could be used for a variety of things, he
said, including a teen area or more space for children's story time.
As for the being recognized with the CALTAC award, Miller
is happy about it but he
doesn't work for the fame.
"What I'm most happy about (is) the local confirmation that I'm doing something right," Miller