Lorain Public Library System Announces Two New Managers

Released On: 4/9/2019

Lorain Public Library System Announces South Lorain Branch Manager

Lorain Public Library System (LPLS) announces Allyson Morgan as Manager of the South Branch.

“As a former South Lorain Branch Manager, this library is near and dear to my heart,” says LPLS Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Grizzell. “I am excited to welcome Ally to the community and for the passion and energy she will bring to her role as the local face of the library.”

Morgan joined LPLS as a Youth Services Librarian at the North Ridgeville Branch Library in 2016, presenting story times, brainstorming innovative programs for both children and teens and building a robust children's literature collection. “Every day that I spent at the North Ridgeville Branch, I witnessed the positive impact that libraries have on their communities,” says Morgan. “I am excited to use this experience to become part of the community in South Lorain and continue to provide a space that encourages engagement and life-long learning.”

Morgan’s passion for libraries began in 2011, when she worked as a student page and a circulation desk assistant at the William T. Jerome Library at Bowling Green State University. As an undergraduate student, she studied popular culture and art history and received her Bachelor of Arts from BGSU in 2014. While studying for her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University, which she received in 2016, she worked at the Westlake Porter Public Library gaining experience in the adult services department. She also volunteered at noted institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Eleanor Squire Library of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and Case Western Reserve University's Dittrick Museum of Medical History.

Millie Torres, Lorain Public Library System Board of Trustee says: “with the activities and services being offered at South Lorain, it has become a special place for my grandchildren and I. We can’t wait to see what other activities are coming under Allyson Morgan’s leadership!”

Morgan grew up in Lorain County. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the local metro parks with her dog. She also enjoys baking, crafting, and boxing classes.

The South Branch of the Lorain Public Library System is located at 2121 Homewood Drive in Lorain. For more information about this and all the branches of the system, visit www.lorainpubliclibrary.org.

Lorain Public Library System Announces Columbia Branch Manager

Lorain Public Library System announces the addition of John Guscott as Manager of the Columbia Branch.

John Guscott has worked in public libraries since 1993, including serving as the Manager of Adult and Electronic Services at Lakewood Public Library, and most recently as the IT Manager at the Westlake Porter Public Library.

"I'm thrilled that the Columbia Branch will be in such great hands,” says former Columbia Branch Manager Susan Spivey, now Manager of the Main Branch in Lorain; “That community means so much to me and I'm excited to see the amazing things that John will do there.”

Guscott was also the editor and publisher of Library Futures Quarterly, a newsletter for library directors and trustees that focused on business, technology and social trends affecting public libraries, and advice on how libraries can adapt to these changes.

Board of Trustee and member of the Friends of the Columbia Library Ethel Schiemann said "We welcome John Guscott to the Columbia Branch Library. As a Friends member I treasure our library as I am sure he will too, and become a great asset to it."

He currently serves as the Assistant Coordinator & Nominations Chair for the Information Technology Division of the Ohio Library Council, and is a member of the Cleveland Archival Roundtable and Society of Ohio Archivists. He lives in Lakewood with his wife, three children, and two cats.

The Columbia Branch of the Lorain Public Library System is located at 13824 W. River Road in Columbia Station. For more information about this and all the branches of the system, visit www.lorainpubliclibrary.org