DEWEY-EYED: Lucy Kinsley and Pam Crummy have worked together at Lismore Library for more than 20 years.
DEWEY-EYED: Lucy Kinsley and Pam Crummy have worked together at Lismore Library for more than 20 years. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Two women on long-term loan

LISMORE Library employees Lucy Kinsley and Pam Crummy prove working one job for more than 20 years creates friendships that last for life.

Collectively, the pair have spent the past 55 years working at the library; Ms Kinsley being a librarian at the Lismore Library for 35 years and Ms Crummy a library branch technician at Goonellabah and Lismore libraries for 20 years.

After two decades working together they can rely on each other.

"Knowing you can ask a colleague to do something and being assured it will get done is something really nice that builds up over time," Ms Kins- ley said.

"We've built a rapport where I know, if something goes wrong, I have Lucy's support," Ms Crummy said.

Over the past 30 years the library has evolved from a paper loan system where the women handwrote overdue notices to an online system where they now lend more than 400,000 books and other items a year.

However, what has remained is the employees' pride in educating the community.

"The library is a central part of the Lismore community," Ms Kinsley said.

"The job isn't just about loaning books; it's about educating future generations and providing services for older people, too.

"I hope in the future we can develop new services and be at the front of the library world as the demand for our service grows," Ms Crummy said.

Lismore Library's longest- serving employees are an exception to the current trend in Australia's work force.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday showed very few people stayed in one job for more than 10 years.

The ABS Labour Mobility Survey conducted in February this year surveyed 27,642 people over 15 and employed.

It found only 8.1% of employees had worked with their current employer for 20 years or more.



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