CAPE ELIZABETH — As he prepares for the future of Thomas Memorial Library, library director Jay Scherma earned high honors for his past contributions.

Scherma was named Maine’s Outstanding Librarian by the Maine Library Association at its annual conference in Orono on May 20.

Scherma’s work developing the state inter-library lending program and his advocacy for using technology in libraries was praised, and Town Manager Michael McGovern said Scherma has also hired a skilled staff that has had a long tenure.

“Jay has led our library through challenging times,” McGovern said. “He has found ways to extend the life of a crowded library building by constantly finding new areas to display books.”

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