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On Saturday, September 18, the UCLA ALA Student Chapter visited the Los Angeles Public Library for a VIP tour led by Sylva Manoogian, a former LAPL employee of over twenty years. The day began with a potluck, and the two hour tour focused on an insider's perspective and advocacy for the LAPL system, currently struggling with budget cuts, staff shortages, and reduced hours.
Ms. Manoogian worked within and was director of the International Languages division of LAPL, and described her work within this department, the 1986 fire and the community's efforts to restore the stacks, and why LAPL is so integral to the culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse city of Los Angeles.
Thanks to Cory Hartford for the beautiful photos! See our Flickr stream above for more.