Your Library Staff
Reference Department assists patrons and life-long learners
find answers to their questions and research needs.
Judy Hilkemann is the current
Reference/Outreach Supervisor at the Norfolk Public Library. She
began working at the library in 1981 as the Madison County
Bookmobile librarian and later was the Interlibrary Loan Librarian
for both public and school libraries in a 13-county area. She has
enjoyed all three of the jobs that she has held but particularly
enjoyed working with the rural school students and teachers on the
Bookmobile. In her opinion, the single biggest change in library
services during the years has been the Internet and technology which
enables library services to be available to customers 24/7.
||Amy, Reference Assistant
Amy has worked at the Norfolk Public
Library since May of 2005. She works in the Reference Department
and enjoys reading biographies and non-fiction.
||Lisa, Reference Assistant
Lisa has been at the Norfolk Public Library since March of 2008, but
she has worked part-time in summer recreation since May of 2000.
Besides the Library, she has been the manager of the city's swimming
pools and the Recreation Leader for the City Recreation Baseball and
Softball programs. Lisa loves watching sports especially the
Huskers and the New York Yankees!!!
Lenaya has worked for the Library since April, 2009 but has been
with the City of Norfolk since the summer of 1991. During her
time with the City, Lenaya has worked as a police officer, a
secretary at the Fire Division, and in the Records Division for
the Police Division. In her continuing pursuit to see if she
can work at every division within the City, she currently is
coordinating the Outreach program for the Library, delivering
books to those that are homebound, and as a legal assistant at
the City Attorney's Office. In her free time, Lenaya enjoys
attending her kids' activities....which, with 4 kids, pretty
much consumes any free time she might ever have!
If you are interested in more information regarding the
Library's Outreach Program, please give Lenaya a call at
Youth Services Department offers
programs for children of all ages. Youth Services
librarians present programs throughout the year for young
adults, including the always popular Summer Reading Program and
the annual Norfolk Literature Festival.
||Karen, Librarian I & Youth Services Supervisor
Karen is an avid reader of history,
biography, historical fiction, and youth literature. Her special
interests, besides reading, include travel, family history, and
knitting. She loves bringing people and good books together.
||Marci, Library Technician & Youth Services
Marci began working at the Norfolk Public Library in 1983. She is
the Assistant Youth Services Librarian, the Interlibrary Loan
Librarian and also assists with circulation, reference, and adult
fiction collection development. Marci is an avid reader, she likes
people, and loves book groups, so she considers working at the
library her ideal career.
Circulation Department is responsible for all items checked
in and out of the Library.
Doug was born long ago in Norfolk, NE.
He graduated high school from Omaha Central and went on to earn an
AA degree in business management while living in San Diego, CA.
Doug has been working in the library for more than 20 years. He
says he likes working in the library for 3 reasons: #1 He likes to
work with the public; #2 He still (even at his old age) enjoys
ordering music for the library; and #3 He enjoys working with the
staff. Doug is responsible for ordering a
large portion of the music available at the library. You can E-mail
him with music suggestions at:
Jane, Library Assistant
Jane has been a Library Assistant in the Circulation Department for
over 25 years, starting out as a part time employee. Jane handles
much of the paperwork pertaining to the Circulation of library
materials in addition to managing the Travelpack and paperback book
collections. Her other responsibilities include the check in of
periodicals and maintenance of the current periodicals area of the
library. She also sorts all materials donated to the library and
distributes incoming mail.
Lois, Library Assistant
Norfolk native Lois Hall joined the staff
in 2011 after thirty eight years in education.
Her interests include reading, nature, landscaping,
decorating and antiques.
She enjoys children's books by Margie Palatini and
Humorous adult books are also among her favorites.
Working at the Norfolk Public Library is her ideal "second"
Tom, Security Monitor/Clerk
Tom grew up on a farm in western Iowa.
He graduated from high school in Whiting, Iowa, and earned a
teaching degree through Wayne State. His educational career
included teaching at Washington and Lincoln Schools in Norfolk for
12 years, followed by four years as elementary administrator in
Ainsworth. He then returned to Norfolk as administrator at Grant
School for 13 years. Tom and his wife, Lois, have been
married for 35 years. They have one daughter, Cat, who lives in Des
Moines with her husband, Scott.
Emily, Library Assistant
Emily joined the library staff in September 2016.
She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English and
a certificate in Library and Information Services. She
is an avid reader of sci-fi, historical and contemporary
Technical Services, books and materials are
cataloged, processed, and made ready for patrons to check out. Norfolk Public Library uses Dewey
Decimal Classification for its numbering scheme, and Library of
Congress subject headings for its vocabulary terms and cross
||Sally, Librarian I & Technical Services
Sally began working at the Norfolk Public Library
in the reference department in 1983.
In the fall of 1988, she became the supervisor of the
Technical Services department where she spends most of her time
cataloging and classifying books and materials.
This means trying to place an item in a so called “logical”
Dewey Decimal classification number with (hopefully) pertinent
Sally and her husband share four wonderful
children and have been blessed with ten beautiful grandchildren (so
||Nikki, Library Assistant
Nikki has worked for the Norfolk Public
Library for 10 years. She started as a library page, then became a
Library Assistant I. She enjoys reading Historical Christian
Fiction and Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant.
Janet, Library Assistant
Janet has been employed as a library assistant since 2004.
She works with acquisitions and cataloging, writes our
monthly newsletter and helps with
programming. Janet is a member of the Norfolk FreeLance
Writers Club and the Tuesday Night Book Discussion Group.
She enjoys reading and writing fiction for adults and
||Marge, Library Technician
Marge joined the Norfolk Public Library
staff in June of 1990 as a cataloger. She is originally from
Madison, Nebraska, but has lived in Norfolk since 1953. She is a
dog lover and the proud (most of the time!) owner of a Dandie
Dinmont Terrier. She loves to read and especially enjoys mysteries
and psychological thrillers.
Jessica has been at the Norfolk Public
Library since October of 2012. She started working in
libraries in 2002 and earned a master's degree
Science from Kent State University in 2005. She loves to read
all kinds of genres and spends a lot of time reading with her
children. When she's not working, reading, or having fun with
her family, she enjoys watching classic films and listening to indie
Lynn is the secretary for the Norfolk
Public Library, Library Board, and Library Foundation. She has been
employed at Norfolk Public Library for eight years. She graduated in May
of 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Library
Science from UNO.
||Mike, Technology Specialist
Mike has lived in Nebraska his entire life and in Norfolk for over 20 years. He joined the library staff in 2016 as the Library Technology Specialist. His passion is to help support digital learning at the library. In his free time you can propably find Mike watching or coaching sports, fishing and spending time with his family.