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L.A. County chooses new librarian

Skye Patrick to serve as librarian for branches in Castaic, Stevenson Ranch and Acton-Agua Dulce

Posted: January 5, 2016 4:57 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2016 4:57 p.m.
Skye Patrick comes to Los Angeles County after serving as director of the Broward County Libraries Division in Florida. Skye Patrick comes to Los Angeles County after serving as director of the Broward County Libraries Division in Florida.
Skye Patrick comes to Los Angeles County after serving as director of the Broward County Libraries Division in Florida.
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Los Angeles County’s library system will be under new management starting next month after supervisors voted Tuesday to name a new county librarian.

Supervisors appointed Skye Patrick to serve as librarian for the sprawling county library system, which includes branches in Castaic, Stevenson Ranch and Acton-Agua Dulce.

“We welcome our new librarian Skye Patrick to Los Angeles County,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday. “She is a breath of fresh air with new ideas and leadership to enhance the library experience for all of our county residents.“

Patrick’s appointment is effective Feb. 1, according to county documents, and her salary is set at $225,000 a year.

She will also be entitled to reimbursement for relocation expenses and temporary housing costs.

For almost three years Patrick has been director of the Broward County Libraries Division in Florida, “where she has received multiple state and national awards for leading information projects that exhibit excellence in communications,” according to county documents.

Patrick earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Northern Michigan University and a master’s in library and information sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.

She is also a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.

The county of Los Angeles Public Library system was established in 1912 and provides services to more than 3.5 million residents, according to its website.

The county used to manage library branches in Canyon Country, Newhall and Valencia, but the Santa Clarita City Council opted in 2010 to withdraw from the county system in favor of forming its own Santa Clarita Public Library.

Library branches in Acton-Agua Dulce, Castaic and Stevenson Ranch still fall under the county’s umbrella. County library officials opened new locations for both the Castaic and Stevenson Ranch libraries early last year.

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