Georgetown Public Library a finalist for National Medal, highest honor given to libraries, museums


The Georgetown Public Library has been named a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced Monday that the Georgetown Public Library was named one of 29 finalists, according to a city press release. The institutions are judged on their innovative approaches to provide public service for their communities. The only Texas library to ever win the award was the San Antonio Public Library in 2006.

“Being named a finalist for the IMLS National Medal is truly an honor and community achievement,” Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley said. “It is exciting for our staff, volunteers and community partners to be recognized at the national level for our efforts to engage, enlighten and empower members of our community.”

Lashley and his staff have added services over the past year and are working on an update to the library’s strategic plan. These measures have helped the library see a 45 percent increase in total visitors in fiscal year 2016-17 compared to the prior fiscal year, according to library data.

National Medal winners will be announced later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will be honored at a Washington, D.C. medal ceremony in late May. The award is typically presented to the winner by the First Lady of the United States.

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  1. Congratulations to Carlie and the Georgetown Public Library…you deserve the award. I cross the county line from Travis to use the library. I have an interlibrary card that I utilize to check out books I love by Beverly Lewis…what a writer…if the library doesn’t have a particular title, it finds me a copy and emails me that it has arrived. It’s well worth the ride. I also enjoy the art exhibits and other activities. Georgetown Library is a special place and the staff/ volunteers are exceptional, they are helpful and make you feel at home 😘!

    Thank you,
    Danna Lowe

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Carlie Porterfield
A San Marcos native and third-generation journalist, Carlie Porterfield joined Community Impact as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating from Texas State University with a journalism degree. After covering political, business and school district news in Buda and Kyle for over a year, she made the transition to the Georgetown editorial team, where she is responsible for Williamson County coverage. Before her time with Community Impact, Porterfield had bylines in the Austin American-Statesman, the San Marcos Record and Texas State's student paper, the University Star.
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