After more than 30 years at Flagler College, the Proctor Library’s very own Peggy Dyess has retired. She wrote the following letter to be shared with the College community:
I will miss this place that has been my home away from home for so many years.
As most of you know I started my career here at Flagler in 1988 when the Library was housed on three floors of Kenan Hall. In 1996 the construction of the first free-standing Library at Flagler College was completed. The move to the new Proctor Library was quite an accomplishment as thousands of books and a very excited staff settled into a new home.
We were elated with the luxury of the palatial building. There was an air of anticipation and enthusiasm among us all. I will never forget how blessed I felt to have the opportunity to work in such beautiful surroundings. I have never lost that perspective.
Going upstairs now into the stacks is like a sentimental journey as I am reminded of the many summers I spent on the second floor, shifting and shelving and running inventory. It occurred to me that I have touched so many of the books in the collection and cleaned and dusted all of the shelving at one time or another. I appreciated getting away from my desk and the computer screen and getting to know the collection. Interlibrary Loan is my real passion and I will miss the daily chase to hunt down resources for faculty, staff and the student body.
I have no regrets about the decision to retire but after 30 years I have a very emotional attachment to this place and all the people that I have worked with and met here who will have a lasting impact on my life. It has been a pleasure to work with you all and all of those that have left before me. I leave with best wishes for all of you who have made me so proud as you work together for the continued success of Proctor Library.
There is a special place in my heart and remembrance for the three Directors of Proctor Library who have enriched my work ethic and put up with me over the years. Margaret, Mike and Brian who could ask for better leaders?
I consider my time here a privilege and I take some real good memories away as I go.
God Bless You All
Peggy D. aka Library Mom”