Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children

About the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children
An annual award consisting of a commemorative gift and a 24k gold-framed citation presented to an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while having general management/supervisory/ administrative responsibility that has included public library service to children in its scope.

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2018 Winner(s)

Sara Jones

Director of County Library services, Marin County Free Library

Sara’s many distinguished management positions have given her the opportunity to be a fierce advocate for youth services.  Under Sara’s leadership at the Marin County Free Library over 9,000 library cards have been issued to students in the district while at the same time all fines for children’s and teen materials have been eliminated.  She has been on the forefront of bringing 21st Century learning and emerging technologies such as 3D printing, makerspaces, and virtual and augmented reality to the library’s 10 branches.  She created a campus in collaboration with the Novato Unified School District and Marin County Office of Education that includes one building for the library, media lab with virtual reality, video production and recording studios, and a large and active makerspace.  Sara sees the library as the great equalizer and as a result she has created many community partnerships with groups such as Marin Promise, Marin Housing Authority, and more to address inequities in the County and do focused work on grade-level reading.