Lourdes “Luly” Castro


Lourdes “Luly” Castro, Cohort 1 ALFA Fellow from The University of Alabama, graduated from the program on December 15, 2012. Castro was promoted, retroactively to October 1, 2012, to the position of Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Library Network, the Multitype Library Cooperative serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, and Monroe counties. Castro also restored $125,000 of lost funding by the previous Executive Director for use in providing critical training to library staff in the Southwest Florida area; this training will include sensitivity and awareness training for individuals with disabilities and sensory deterioration due to age. Castro is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Castro is especially committed to building a greater awareness in serving the ever changing, multi-faceted needs of all library staff and patrons.

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