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L.A. County Library Director Skye Patrick was selected by the Durfee Foundation as one of six Los Angeles-based residents who received a Stanton Fellowship, awarding her $100,000 over a 2-year period to explore responses to some of L.A.’s most pressing challenges, including segregation based on race and ethnicity, national origin, income, educational level and occupational category.
Patrick, who was appointed L.A. County Library Director in 2016, was previously Broward County Library’s director and held leadership roles at Queens Public Library in New York and San Francisco Public Library. Her experience allowed her to connect with different communities, leaders and libraries, affording her the opportunity to approach challenges with a unique perspective.
Patrick implemented the iCount equity initiative at L.A. County Library, which ensures the library makes a conscious effort in designing services and programs that address the needs of the diverse community it serves. This includes customers of a different age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status, physical ability, nationality, legal status and more.
The library garnered national recognition with three Library Journal awards for its innovative and thought-provoking strategies – 2018 Marketer of the Year, 2019 Librarian of the Year and 2019 Library of the Year. Library leaders from across the world reached out to Patrick to learn how she was leading L.A. County Library as a model for transforming 21st-century libraries into institutions that address the social, educational, creative and cultural needs of its residents.
“I am honored by this opportunity that the Durfee Foundation has granted me, along with five other worthy fellows, to discover new ways to make life better for the people of Los Angeles, Patrick said. “I will work alongside the Stanton Fellowship recipients to delve deep and work collectively for a brighter future.”
“We look for the most highly networked, deeply knowledgeable, inquisitive leaders, those who are best positioned to make change happen,” said Claire Peeps, executive director of the Durfee Foundation.
For information, visit lacountylibrary.org.
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