April 18, 2024 1:03 pm

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Secretary Hobbs receives Washington Library Association Merit award

OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Steve Hobbs has received the Washington Library Association’s Honorary Membership Award for his advocacy of libraries across the state.

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Secretary of State Steve Hobbs speaking at a meeting of the Washington Library Association. SOURCE: (20+) Facebook

The Washington Library Association’s Merit Awards offer the opportunity to recognize and highlight the outstanding work ongoing in Washington libraries. The Honorary Membership Award, presented to Secretary Hobbs at a 9:30 a.m. meeting Feb. 14, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate consistent and prolonged support of library service in Washington, promote legislative action, or participate in statewide committee work and other library activities.

“I want to thank the Washington Library Association for leading, advocating, and educating in communities across the state,” Secretary Hobbs said. “Because of the resources they provide, our fellow Washingtonians have places of learning and community enrichment.”

Other Washington Library Association Merit Award winners are:

Candace Morgan Intellectual Freedom Award: Neighbors United for Progress
Nominated by Sara Jones

President’s Award: Alki Editorial Committe, 2023
Nominated by Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman

Emeritus Award: Betha Gutsche
Nominated by Steph Harmon on behalf of the WebJunction team at OCLC

Outstanding Service Award: Loly Gomez
Nominated by Haley McNealey

Outstanding Service Award: Anna Trammell
Nominated by Amita Lonial

Outstanding Service Award: Amanda Six
Nominated by Jessica Varang

Outstanding Service Award: Millissa Macomber
Nominated by Anne Booker

Outstanding Service Award: Jessica McClinton Lopez
Nominated by Nancy Henkel

Elementary Teacher-Librarian of the Year: Sarah Logan
Nominated by Cathy Sork & Lisa B. Webb

Elementary Teacher-Librarian of the Year: Jennifer Vega
Nominated by Ryan Grant

Excellence in School Leadership: Michael Christianson
Nominated by Carolyn Olsen

Excellence in School Leadership: Emily Jensen
Nominated by Alicia Rogers

CAYAS Award for Visionary Library Services to Youth: Erin Smith and Mikayla Kittilstved
Nominated by Georgette Rogers

 Winners will be celebrated on Saturday, March 2 at the WLA Conference Awards Lunch in Spokane.

The Washington Library Association is a dynamic, inclusive, and diverse community that provides advocacy, professional development, and leadership opportunities while promoting intellectual freedom and innovation.  Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State oversees areas within state government including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal.

The office also operates the State Archives and the State Library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, and administers the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees and the Productivity Board state employee suggestion program to provide incentives for efficiency improvements. The Secretary of State also oversees the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.


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