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.


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.


Alaska Library Association Alaska Native Issues Roundtable Chair 2013-15, Advocacy Committe 2014-15, Public Libraries Roundtable Chair 2016

American Indian Library Association Member at Large 2013-15

Museums Alaska Advocacy Committee 2014-15

American Library Association 2015 Emerging Leader

Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program 2014 Fellow

San Jose State University SLIS 2014 Outstanding Student Convocation Speaker

Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Trainer

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


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