Happy retirement to Irene Laube!

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The library staff want to thank Irene Laube for her 27 years of service to Durham Tech Libraries.  She began her career with the college as a part-time reference librarian in 1989, transitioned to Coordinator of Library Services, Director, and now retires, June 1, 2017 as Associate Dean. [caption id="attachment_3307" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Irene Laube, early 1990's Irene Laube, early 1990's staff photo[/caption] Irene has worked tirelessly throughout her career to build connections with faculty, staff, and students.  She is extremely caring, incredibly supportive, and an exceptional listener. Her compassion for students, library staff, and colleagues shines through in everything she does. [caption id="attachment_3308" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Irene, 1990's Irene working with staff, 1990's[/caption] Irene has fostered and facilitated technological and physical change in the library.  She secured an LSTA grant for additional computers and a library instruction classroom.  She led renovations to the Main Campus library in 2009 to develop a large learning commons group study area. The library was also painted and carpeted with a modern color palette, and new furniture was purchased. While Irene sets and accomplishes great goals, she also considers no task too mundane − she will quickly step up to discharge books, answer the phone, and assist at the photocopier. Anywhere she sees a need, great or small, she leaps to meet it. [caption id="attachment_3310" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Library and Media Services staff, mid-2000s. Library and Media Services staff, mid-2000s.[/caption] Irene has also become the college’s institutional memory.  She remembers names and dates, and so much of the college's history. Irene is an excellent mentor and creates a supportive environment for all library staff to learn and grow. Each day with Irene has offered opportunities to learn about our college, our library profession, and compassion for others.  She will be greatly missed and admired.  Congratulations and best wishes, Irene! [caption id="attachment_3309" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Irene with some library staff, May 2017 Irene with some library staff members, May 2017[/caption]