This weekend libraries in Washington State are meeting for #WLA2023 and we wanted to take a second to spotlight the fact that our Library Director Erica Brown has won a Washington Library Association Outstanding Service Award!
The WLA Merit Awards recognize outstanding work in Washington’s libraries and award winners are nominated by their peers throughout the state! Award winners get a free year of WLA membership and are celebrated at the annual conference, this year being held in Wenatchee on April 1st! The Outstanding Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual or group involved in improvement to library services, advances in the profession, advocacy for libraries, service to colleagues, or other outstanding work on behalf of libraries.
Erica was nominated for their outstanding service to our community and outstanding service to colleagues following all of the hard work done in their first year in Concrete as they brought new services to the community that are either fully-hosted or jointly-hosted at the library, their dedication to increasing the quality of library services offered in Concrete, and their dedication to fellow staff members – working to give them the resources they needed to perform their duties, increase their educational opportunities and grow their skills, and their constant work to make sure staff actually take their breaks and take days off, which if you knew the amount of effort that takes behind the scenes to make staff do those things would be worthy of an award all by itself!
The next time you see Erica, congratulate them on winning and thank them for all they’ve done for our library and community!