Kuskokwim Consortium Library named finalist for national award

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today (March 28, 2023) that the Kuskokwim Consortium Library is among 30 finalists for the 2023 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.

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.

“The Kuskokwim Consortium Library is honored to be recognized as a finalist for the National Medal for the second year in a row for our dedication and service to the UAF Kuskokwim Campus and the city of Bethel, Alaska. We are in a very rural and underserved community, and we work hard to provide robust programming on a scale comparable to much larger library systems. We are humbled by the recognition and proud to be one of 30 finalists in the country” says Library Director Theresa Quiner.

“So many museums and libraries across the country are committed to providing programs that are vital to the health and growth of engaged communities. We are very proud to announce the 30 finalists for this year’s IMLS National Medal,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “These institutions represent the best of what museums and libraries do for their communities.”

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

National Medal winners will be announced in late May. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions during an in-person National Medals Ceremony this summer.

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