Long-time Loudoun County Public Library employee Linda Holtslander is closing out her career on a high note.
As she prepares to retire from county government at the end of this week, it was announced she has been awarded the first Friends of Fulbright Finland Alumni Enrichment Award.
Holtslander is the programming division manager for Loudoun County Public Library.
In 2008, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to Finland. She was stationed in Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, where she conducted extensive research on the Helsinki City Library and its services to youth. Holtslander’s research focused on how that age group was perceived and served by the library through its virtual/interactive technology, collections and programming. She also researched long-term planning for future Helsinki Library services, which will culminate in the opening of the new central library in 2018.
Holtslander was asked to return as the keynote speaker in the Helsinki City Library’s “Building Bridges over Tomorrow—Focus on Teen Users” conference, a three-day international symposium that brought together representatives from other Nordic libraries who worked to develop customer-oriented thinking and innovative solutions to serve youth in the libraries.
Holtslander has kept up her relationship with the Helsinki City Library. She wrote the award-winning American Library Association’s Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects, which was awarded to the Helsinki City Library’s Urban Office. Staff members from Helsinki attended the national ALA conference in 2011.
Holtstlander has lectured at state and national conferences on her Fulbright experience and continues to maintain active professional friendships with her colleagues at the Helsinki City Library.