Valarie Kingsland

The Director of the Seward Community Library & Museum, a unique integrated public library, historical museum, archive and community center in Alaska. Together, with outstanding staff, the City of Seward, the Seward Community Library Association, and the Resurrection Bay Historical Society, the Library Museum strives to provide all community members with the opportunity for lifelong learning, community enrichment, and the preservation of Seward’s heritage.

INTERESTS

Include multiple literacies, participatory services, indigenous information institutions, and the integration of archives, libraries and museums. She believes in the transformative power of libraries, their contribution to community development through engagement, and the opportunity new technologies offer to sustain culture and provide access to cultural information and knowledge.

CONTRIBUTION

Alaska Library Association Alaska Native Issues Roundtable Chair 2013-15, Advocacy Committe 2014-15

American Indian Library Association Member at Large 2013-15

American Library Association 2015 Emerging Leader

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Trainer

Museums Alaska Advocacy Committee 2014-15

The Closet children's clothing donation center, 2005-14

PHILOSOPHY

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.