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Library named finalist for national award


March 18, 2021

The Haines Borough Public Library is a finalist for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest recognition for such institutions’ contributions to their communities, for the second time in five years. The Haines library is one of 15 nationwide selected for the honor, and the only one in Alaska.

Last fall, Sen. Lisa Murkowski nominated the library for the honor because of its strong community partnerships and ability to pivot quickly in response to COVID-19, according to her staff.

Library director Carolyn Goolsby said she thinks finalists were selected from a pool of roughly 150 museums and libraries. The selection process for finalists involved review by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) staff. Their recommendations went to the IMLS board, which in turn, made a recommendation to the organization’s director. Goolsby said IMLS will go through a similar process to winnow down the 15 libraries and 15 museums to three winners in each category. Winners will be announced in May.

“We’re just thrilled,” Goolsby said. “We are grateful to be recognized for our library’s positive impact in our community. It’s the second time we’ve finaled. The last time was in 2017. We were also nominated in 2007.”


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