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Yolo County Manager of Operations & Strategy
(Public Information Officer)

Beth Gabor
625 Court Street, Room 202
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-8042
FAX: (530) 669-4029

Difference Maker - Chris Crist

Recognized by: Yolo County Library Policy Team

Post Date:11/06/2017 5:09 PM

Please join us in recognizing Chris Crist, Interim County Library Administrator, as a Yolo County Difference Maker. Chris has worked at Yolo County for nearly four decades and she has been filling in as the department head since February. Chris is aptly described by colleagues as a person who is knowledgeable, kind, and approachable.

Chris is a difference maker because she promotes and implements positive changes for the community and Yolo County Library.

Chris wrote a Rural Innovations grant for the Yolo County Library to provide Hotspots (high speed internet connection) and Chromebooks to the public. The program has been a huge success—the library cannot keep them on the shelves! A couple in the Capay Valley used the Hotspot to keep their business running when their regular internet service was having problems. Another couple wrote that the Hotspot gave them access to the Internet, that they otherwise would not have, so they are able to correspond with their editor, colleagues, and doctors.

Under Chris’ leadership, the Books by Mail program, which provides library materials to people who are unable to visit the library, served its first young patron—a child diagnosed with a disability that hampers his ability to visit a Yolo County Library in person. When Chris became aware that library fines were preventing homebound patrons from borrowing library materials, she worked earnestly and diligently with County staff to help patrons overcome these financial barriers.

Chris continues to make a difference everyday by working with partner organizations to deliver new services and roll out long term projects such as the Student Success Initiative, which aims to provide every child enrolled in school with a library card.

Chris’s depth and breadth of knowledge makes her an invaluable resource for all staff. When staff have a problem that needs resolving and they do not know where to start, they turn to Chris. She navigates them through the process effortlessly and with graciousness and infinite patience. Her positivity and can-do attitude helps build bridges between the library and different departments, paving the way for partnerships such as the One-Stop Career Center at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library.

“There is no one out there who knows the ins and outs of the library like Chris and she is always open to looking at library services differently,” says Scott Love, Library Regional Manager. “Chris’ confidence in the abilities of others gives them the confidence to stretch themselves.”

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