This evening we will be celebrating the retirement of PVLD Adult Services Manager Lanny Swallow after 35 years at PVLD - starting as a page and ending as a key member of the Leadership Team.
Lanny was at PVLD through a period of profound and sometimes turbulent change for both our libraries and the profession. His career spanned the first computerization of the library catalog, the advent of public access computing and the Internet, the wave upon wave of new technologies from Beta to Blu-Ray. He was at PVLD through good financial times and bad, through the challenges of the expansion of the Peninsula Center Library and the subsequent remediation project. He saw colleagues, Library Directors, Board members, and volunteers come and go. He battled health problems and watched as colleagues faced health issues and personal challenges of their own. He developed long-standing relationships with library customers who will miss their daily and weekly visits with Lanny at the Reference Desk, his book and movie suggestions, and his ability to come up with answers to even the most obscure questions.
Through it all Lanny maintained his commitment to offering the best possible library services to the residents of the Peninsula and his commitment to the highest principles and standards of our profession. He also managed to keep his sense of humor - an accomplishment in its own right given some of the challenges at PVLD.
This weekend our local paper, the Palos Verdes Peninsula News, ran this tribute to Lanny. It reflects something that I think is quite remarkable in this day and age - that you don't need to move from job to job or chase after someone else's vision of career success to have an impact...sometimes just making a commitment to one organization and doing your best over a long career is enough.
We're going to miss Lanny....but we know you and Robin are going to have a wonderful time as you travel and enjoy some well-earned quality time with each other and with your family.