First published in the April 9 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
Glendale Library, Arts and Culture is among 30 finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, according to an announcement from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
GLAC is one of three institutions in California to be selected as a finalist for the award. The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California are also finalists.
The national medal is the country’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impacts in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has recognized institutions that demonstrate excellence in service.
“Our library, arts and culture department provides exceptional customer services by supporting our youth during ‘remote learning,’ supporting our local Armenian community during the war and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Artsakh, developing regional programming on inclusion, diversity, equity and anti-racism to be shared with libraries throughout Southern California, and providing exciting online and in-person arts and culture programs, along with exhibits that promote Glendale as an arts and culture destination,” said Mayor Ardy Kassakhian.
To celebrate the honor, IMLS is encouraging residents who have enjoyed services by Glendale Library, Arts and Culture to share stories, memories, pictures and videos on social media using the #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals hashtags, and engage with IMLS on Facebook (facebook.com/USIMLS) and Twitter (twitter.com/us_imls).
National medal winners will be announced in early June. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their contributions during a virtual national medal ceremony this summer.
“So many museums, so many libraries have done such good work over the last two very difficult years,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “We are proud to present the 30 finalists for the IMLS National Medal. Their work is emblematic of the response of the library and museum worlds, simultaneously fulfilling their mission and serving their communities.”
To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the national medal, visit the IMLS website at imls.gov/our-work/national-medal-museum-and-library-service.