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Skye Patrick, Director of LA County Library, Winner of Community Impact Award

Skye Patrick, Director of LA County Library, Winner of Community Impact Award

Though we love books, the LA County Library is more than a repository of our favorite classics. Under the leadership of its Director, Skye Patrick, the Library has become a civic and cultural center, hub for public information and services, and an institution of literacy, innovation, and lifelong learning! Join us for this year’s Executive Leadership Awards event to learn about the Library’s innovate offerings during COVID-19 as well as Skye’s remarkable story as Director of one of the country’s largest library systems.

Skye Patrick was appointed LA County Library Director on February 1, 2016. She has held leadership roles at Broward County, Queens Public Library, and San Francisco Public Library. Patrick manages the Library’s $201 million annual budget and is responsible for the operation of the Library’s 86 locations and a 18-vehicle mobile fleet, serving 3.4 million residents in a 3,000-mile area.

Patrick is committed to breaking down barriers and increasing access for all. She introduced the iCount equity initiative, which ensures that library services and programs address the needs of the diverse communities served throughout Los Angeles County. As the Library Director, Patrick continues to reinforce the Library’s role in the community as a civic and cultural center, a hub for public information and services, and an institution of literacy, innovation, and lifelong learning.

Patrick was appointed to the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) in July 2017. In January 2019, Patrick was named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal, one of the most established industry publications. Under her leadership, the Library has also won the Library Journal 2018 Marketer of the Year award and 2019 Library of the Year award, in addition to being named a finalist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal in 2018 and 2019.

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