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Urban Library Council Appoints L.A. County Library Director Skye Patrick to Executive Board
By Staff and Wire Report 
Published July 20, 2017

Skye Patrick (file photo)

“I’m deeply honored to be elected to this role and to be part of the Executive Board,” said Skye Patrick who was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council.

“I look forward to working with this dynamic team of leaders, and supporting ULC’s mission to inspire libraries to evolve and grow.”

Patrick began her stint with the Los Angeles County Library in February 2016, when she became the entity’s first African-American Library Director. Before then, she served at the library for Broward County in Florida. She had also been assistant director of the Queens Public Library, where she managed 20 branch locations in that system.

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“The ULC Executive Board provides thought leadership and guidance during a critical time for libraries and our democracy,” said ULC Board Chair Michael Sherrod. “Skye Patrick comes to the board as a proven public servant ready to lead. She brings new and positive energy to an already strong board.”

Since joining L.A. County Library, Patrick has focused on removing barriers and increasing access to information and services for all Los Angeles residents, while simultaneously bringing one of the largest library systems in the United States into the digital age. Patrick’s appointment to the ULC board puts her at the forefront of industry innovations and best practices, which benefits L.A. County Library, according to a County Library spokesperson.

Patrick has been recognized for introducing innovative programming, expanding library hours with no increase of budget, and reinforcing the library system’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.

The County of Los Angeles Public Library is the 6th largest public library system in the United States which serves residents living in 49 of the 80 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County, California.

The library system, headquartered in Downey, California, is overseen by the Library Commission of 20 appointed members who report on administration, operation, and service to the County Board of Supervisors who operate County Library as a special fund department.

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