Kuskokwim Consortium Library named finalist for 2022 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today (April 7th, 2022) that the Kuskokwim Consortium Library is among 30 finalists for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The Kuskokwim Consortium Library is the only institution in Alaska to be selected as a finalist for this award.

“We are very honored to have been nominated by Senator Lisa Murkowski and selected as a finalist for this prestigious award. We are a small library in a remote region in Alaska, and we have worked hard to provide services for the diverse demographics in our community in spite of the limited funding and staffing available to us. To be recognized at the national level for the service we have provided to our local community is a huge honor” said Library Director Theresa Quiner.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities.

“So many museums, so many libraries have done such good work over the last two very difficult years. We are proud to present the 30 finalists for the IMLS National Medal,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “Their work is emblematic of the response of the library and museum worlds to simultaneously fulfilling their mission and serving their communities.”

To celebrate this honor, IMLS is encouraging Kuskokwim Consortium Library’s community members to share stories, memories, pictures, and videos on social media using the #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals hashtags, and engage with IMLS on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, please visit the IMLS website.

National Medal winners will be announced in early June. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions during a virtual National Medal Ceremony this summer.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.