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Retirement of District Librarian Joy Tutty


 Former Masterton District Librarian Joy Tutty

2009 saw the retirement of long-serving Masterton District Librarian Joy Tutty.

Joy Tutty began work as the District Librarian at Masterton Library in 1980, and her first priority was the construction of the new library building. During the planning stage for the new library Joy demonstrated her vision for library services by insisting that provision be made for computer cabling. At the time this was virtually unheard of in public libraries and Joy's foresight has enabled Masterton Library to be at the forefront of technological advances in libraries. Masterton went on to become one of the first community libraries to switch to fully-computerised cataloguing.

This same vision and desire for innovation marked the next 30 years that Joy worked as District Librarian. Among the projects she worked on or encouraged were the Eastern and Central Summer Reading Programme, the Glistening Waters Storytellers festival, the Yarns In Barns festival, and the establishment of the Wairarapa Archive. She was also a member of the steering group that created the Association of Public Library Managers, and was a member of the consultation group for the Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa.

Joy's stewardship gave Masterton Library a reputation for improvement and innovation beyond its size and situation. Her efforts have not just benefited Masterton library users however, and her involvement in nationwide initiatives aimed at improving library services have given her a high regard within the library profession. In 1986 Joy's contribution to the library profession was recognised when she was made an Associate of the Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa, and again in 2001 when she received the association's Fellowship award.

Joy's last day of work at Masterton Library was September 25, 2009. Her time as District Librarian at Masterton was one part of a long and illustrious career in libraries which also included driving for the Mobile Book Bus service. Retirement will allow Joy more time to devote to her garden, her many other community involvements, and a chance to reflect on a career that has markedly improved library services for the people of Masterton, and made a contribution to the library profession nationwide.

Joy Tutty

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