L.A. County Library Director Skye Patrick has been named 2019 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal, officials announced Monday.

Patrick was recognized for her role in breaking down barriers, increasing access, and embracing technology and marketing.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by Library Journal, one of the industry’s most reputable publications,” she said. “This is not only a recognition for me but also a recognition for the entire L.A. County Library team. They work so hard and are committed to providing the best service to our customers; without the support of our staff, I would not be able to achieve what I have set out to do.”

Library officials say that since joining them in February 2016, Patrick expanded service by more than 15,000 hours across 75 library locations without incurring additional costs. Under her leadership, the Library also introduced award-winning programs such as The Great Read Away, Turns the Tables DJ workshops, and MakMo maker mobiles. Patrick also established a Marketing team — which was awarded 2018 Marketer of the Year by Library Journal — to improve the Library’s promotional efforts and create awareness of the myriad of services it offers.

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