DATE: April 12, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
Skye Patrick has been named the new Director of Broward County Libraries Division. She will assume her new position on April 29, 2013, and brings with her a wealth of experience in library management. Most recently, Patrick served as Assistant Director at the Queens Public Library, where she managed 20 branch locations in that system.
In making the announcement, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry said, “Ms. Patrick brings with her a wide range of experience in many facets of library administration and management, including electronic services, programming, community outreach, staff training and budgeting. I look forward to working with her as a member of our management team.”
As director of Libraries Division, Patrick will be responsible for the overall management and implementation of library services, including staffing and the development and administration of the Division’s budget and long-range plan on behalf of the Libraries Division.
"I feel honored and very fortunate to have been chosen to serve the people of Broward County and lead its library division," says Patrick. "Broward County Library has a wonderful reputation for providing innovative and outstanding services to its customers. I am eager to not only continue that tradition but to also foster service improvements by addressing the ever-changing information, education and recreation needs of the public. It is with great enthusiasm that I join the Broward County team."
Ms. Patrick’s professional experience also includes working as a youth services librarian, a branch manager and a web services designer for San Francisco Public Library, as well as her work as Assistant Director of Queens Public Library. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.
Previous accomplishments include planning and overseeing library renovations, creating staff training for customer service, collection development and policy and procedure at Queens Public Library as well as creating a content management system for San Francisco Public Library. She has also volunteered with the Sandy Relief Action/Libraries Without Borders, handing out much-needed supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Ms. Patrick earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Northern Michigan University and her master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.