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Network Member Spotlight: Seattle Public Library named the Gale/ Library Journal Library of the Year

Posted by on June 5th, 2020 Posted in: News from Network Members, Public Libraries


Seattle Public Library logo, Library of the Year 2020The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has been named the Gale/ LJ Library of the Year. This well-deserved award recognizes SPL’s commitment to the community. Library Journal editors Meredith Schwartz and Lisa Peet write, “In recent years, SPL has turned its attention outward, actively listening to community needs and transforming its work to make equity a top priority, earning it the 2020 Gale/LJ Library of the Year award.” The award recognizes SPL’s use of Seattle.gov’s Racial Equity Toolkit for creating and reviewing policies, procedures, and services, and acknowledges this work is not simple. SPL responds to community needs, providing a wi-fi hotspot lending program, creating partnerships with community organizations and groups, eliminating overdue fines, and so much more.

Read more about SPL and the award in Library Journal and in Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner’s quarterly message.

Congratulations, SPL!

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Emily Hamstra is the Assistant Director of NNLM Region 5.

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