January 12, 2018

Meet a Trustee: Deb Caplan

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The love of libraries must run through my veins – I am one of 4 librarians in my family. My focus was libraries with “special collections”. My first job was librarian for The Bostonian Society, the historical society of the City of Boston. They operate a museum in Boston’s Old State House and house a collection of materials, historical artifacts and glass-plate negatives of old Boston. This role offered the perfect intersection of libraries and art – my other life-long interest. It was not until many years later, when I moved to Peterborough that I would find this perfect intersection again.

I came to town to work at SDE in human resources and had the good fortune to meet the late Jim Grant. Jim introduced me to the Peterborough Library and my first role was to help the trustees conduct a search for a new Library Director. This resulted in our finding the multi-talented Corinne Chronopoulos. I have since joined the Library Board as an Alternate Trustee. I serve on the Capital Campaign Committee of the 1833 Society and on the Education Committee of the New Hampshire State Library Trustees Association (NHLTA).

The past year has been busy. I started a job-search coaching and consulting business. I have also launched an art business LineArt which offers print drawings of the familiar and unique buildings and scenes in and around Peterborough. My life has truly come full circle. My art work and my love for libraries have found a place together again in Peterborough. I am especially proud to be part of the evolution of Peterborough Town Library during this significant period. To help shepherd the first ever tax-supported library in the world from an outdated, inaccessible structure into a library of the future with up-to-date facilities and access to all, is a privilege.

Deb is a human-resources professional. Through her consulting practice, she works with people who have lost their jobs helping them to organize and conduct their own job search. Deb conducts seminars on job-search related topics. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College.

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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