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Ed Lupico: New Keystone Advisor

Ed Lupiico
Ed Lupico

 

Greetings!

My name is Edward Lupico and I recently joined the Bureau of Library Development in the Office of Commonwealth Libraries in Harrisburg as a Library Development Advisor. But you can call me Ed. I will oversee the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund for Public Libraries. For those unfamiliar with the Keystone program: it is a competitive grant for qualifying state-aided public libraries to assist in making needed improvements to their physical facilities.

I come to this position following two years behind bars in the PA state prison system—serving as a Corrections Librarian. Before my bid in the joint, I was a Reference Librarian in the Information Services department of the Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre (Luzerne County Library System).

In the past few years, I participated in the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS) and ILEAD PA’s inaugural cohort, and I enjoyed presenting at PaLA’s annual conference. With an undergraduate degree in English Literature, I made my career official by receiving my MLIS from Drexel University.

Ed Lupico in front of State LibraryAs I prepare to take on a job that touches all 67 counties in the Commonwealth, I thought of 5 cool places I have visited in our fine state:

  1. Presque Isle State Park on the shore of Lake Erie
  2. Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
  3. Horseshoe Curve, Altoona
  4. Boulder Field, Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County
  5. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Of course, this list doesn’t include the many libraries I have used or visited. I look forward to meeting all of you and seeing more of Pennsylvania as I spread the word about Keystone to libraries and municipalities across the state.

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