Rockridge Librarian Pat Lichter Retires

Saturday, May 9, 2015

After 12 years as esteemed manager of the Rockridge Branch Library, and a total of 21 years of service to the Oakland Public Library system, Pat Lichter is retiring this month.

Just before taking the position of Head Librarian at the Rockridge Branch, Pat's proudest accomplishment was turning around the under-performing children's services program for the entire library system by focusing on outreach and creating an after-school homework assistance program.

While at the Rockridge Branch, she over-saw the development and construction of the new TeenZone. She also coordinated all the resources needed to fund and establish the DVD Project.

In her management overall, she calmly and skillfully coped with the challenges of budget cuts, new technologies and changing procedures. She has been thorough and detailed when managing the materials budget and employee schedules, and has been a patient and flexible supervisor of staff and volunteers.

Since Rockridge patrons (like most library users) have high expectations for service and access to materials, the branch manager has a lively and vital position. Pat embraced her role here the day she arrived, and rose to the challenge of guiding staff to provide excellent service, even during a recession that reduced hours of service.

Beloved by her staff at the branch, she is seen as a model of collaborative leadership who has kept the mission of the library as her highest priority, even under stress: to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community as a resource for information, knowledge, and artistic and literary expression.

We invite all members of the public to drop by the library before May 7, Pat's official last day, to jot down a personal message to put into our comments box.

Thank you, Pat, for your service and support over the years.