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AFSCME New Jersey Library Worker Honored

January 23, 2008

January 23, 2008

William J. Dane, supervising librarian at the New Jersey Public Library was honored for 60 years of dedicated service.

HONORED FOR SERVICE – William J. Dane (right), supervising librarian at the New Jersey Public Library – and a member of Local 2298 (Council 52) was honored for 60 years of dedicated service. Presenting him with a “special recognition award” are Library Director Wilma Grey (center) and author and educator Steve Adubato.

Photo Credit: Newark Public Library

William J. Dane, supervising librarian of the Newark Public Library and founding member of Local 2298 (AFSCME Council 52), has been recognized for his six decades of service.

Dane, 84, is the official guardian of the library’s special collections. He was recently featured in The New York Times, which observed:

“Even as Newark suffers through yet another budget crunch, Mr. Dane has leveraged a wispy budget to beef up the library’s collection, which includes 23,000 prints, 5,000 posters and 1,000 autographs ….”

“It’s a world-class collection,” Dane says.

Library Director Wilma Grey presented Dane last month with a “special recognition award for individual service.” Dane’s work, she said, “has ensured that the collections established by the library’s second director, John Cotton Dana, flowered despite periods in the city’s history when there was little capital to maintain them, let alone to nurture and expand them.”

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