We would like you to meet…

…Iris Caplan, the library’s Volunteer Service Award recipient for 2012.

Iris CaplanOur heartfelt congratulations go out to the Oviatt’s own Iris Caplan who was honored along with recipients from colleges across the campus at the Volunteer Service Awards banquet on November 1 at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. The library is proud to introduce you to Iris Caplan who has been a faithful and committed member of the Friends of the Library board over the past few years, where she served as Hospitality Chair.

“I’ve always thought that being involved at a university with staff, students, and community maintained one’s contemporary awareness,” Iris shared when asked what prompted her to begin her volunteer work at the Library. “After retiring, I attended one of the Oviatt programs that Joyclyn (Dunham) was hosting. During a brief chat, Friends of the Library and volunteer opportunities were mentioned, and I was introduced to a few members. They seemed genuinely eager to have me visit the bookstore, and join them I did.” Iris credits Joyclyn, the Oviatt Library’s Projects and Programs coordinator, with introducing her to the wonderful resources and volunteer opportunities available through the Friends of the Library group.

Iris also assists in the Friends of the Library bookstore on a regular basis to help raise funds for the Oviatt Library. In addition to her other volunteer work, Iris has served on the Oviatt Library Student Scholarship Committee. Prior to her retirement, Iris worked for thirty-five years as a school teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is the proud mother of two sons, and a very proud grandmother of two.