Elaine Patrick Retiring After 25 Years of Service

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Elaine Patrick began her career with the Duncanville Public Library in September of 1987 as the Adult Services Librarian. Since that time, she has served many generations of Duncanville residents.

“One of the things that gives me a chuckle is when patrons come in and say ‘Oh, you’re still here! You helped me so much with my reports when I was in school, and now I’m here with my children; maybe you can help them as you helped me,’” says Patrick.

Since Elaine started work, she has seen the implementation of technology such as the automation of the Library.

“That was a huge project; while we didn’t close the Library, we didn’t check out materials, and the entire staff spent a week planning barcodes on all library items,” Patrick said.

Then there was the five years planning the new Library. “We outgrew the old location (now the Duncanville ISD Technology Center) many years prior to the move to our current Library. The old Library was built to hold 28,000 volumes, we brought over 68,000 items,” said Patrick. “Plus in the old Library there were only two public use computers, now there are twenty-one computers for our patrons, plus we have a huge selection of talking books, some DVD’s, and ebooks in addition to books and videos.”

“Elaine’s last day is December 31, we hope you will visit her to tell her thank you and wish her well in her next chapter,” said Library Director Carla Bryan.