"This librarian has a history of innovation and indeed a reputation as a little bit of a maverick. I know (the Georgetown library) to be laser-focused on customer service," said Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels Public Library director, who presented the award to Lashley.
She added that Lashley has worked to create a library that generates change within the Georgetown community.
Lashley took over as director in 2000 and has since elevated the library to national recognition. In May 2018, the library was one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, awarded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Read more about Eric Lashley here.