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Karen Derzic of Brighton Heights. She won the 2012 Community Advocate Award from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She is the newsmaker for March 27, 2013. Slug: ptr-pnews-032713

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By Bill Zlatos
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Noteworthy: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh named Derzic its 2012 Community Advocate of the Year. The award honors outstanding community members who demonstrate a commitment to further the mission and vision of the Carnegie Library.

Age: 41

Residence: Brighton Heights

Family: Husband, Jwan Allen

Occupation: Research coordinator at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Education: Bachelor's degree in human sexuality and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh

Background: Derzic is president of the Friends of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Woods Run and secretary of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Friends Council. With her help, the Friends raised nearly $6,000 annually for library programming in 2011 and 2012. As a member of the Friends Council, she led efforts to update its bylaws and is working on a Friends' annual report to share fundraising ideas and best practices across the system.

Quote: “Libraries are ever-changing and growing. I'd like to see that continue. You couldn't borrow a laptop years ago, and now you borrow a laptop and sit in the library and have your private space. Just to see how the library is evolving, keeping up with what's happening out there is awesome.”

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