State leadership positions for Sno-Isle Libraries staff; honors for Sen. Liias

Two Sno-Isle Libraries employees are taking leadership positions with the Washington Library Association and a strong community and legislative supporter is receiving a lifetime achievement award from the association. 

Jannah Minnix was chosen as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Public Library DivisionMinnix is a librarian at the Granite Falls and Lake Stevens community libraries. 

Jannah’s candidate statement said, “I would love to facilitate more connection between members. Especially now with libraries on a limited opening basis, I feel like we could really use some more support from each other.” 

Rickey Barnett will serve as Secretary/Communications of the Public Library DivisionBarnett is a librarian at the Edmonds Community Library. 

Rickey’s candidate statement said, “It is my utmost goal for both WLA and the Public Library Division to be leaders in Social Justice, as well as the breadth of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts in our libraries and communities. 

Minnix, Barnett and the rest of WLA’s incoming leaders will be announced at the 2020 WLA Conference, which starts Oct. 5 online. Their terms will begin on Jan. 1, 2021. 

Also at the conference, WLA will honor State Senator Marko Liias (representing the 21st legislative district which includes portions of Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, and Edmonds) with a Merit Award. This award is for outstanding leadership in the State Legislature in support of public libraries, including library capital facility areas and sponsorship of the Mariner Community Campus and Library project.  

Sen. Liias was nominated by the WLA Legislative Committee (including Sno-Isle Libraries staff) and will receive the Honorary Lifetime Membership award. 

“Sen. Liias is an enthusiastic advocate for public libraries,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson said. We echo WLA’s recognition of Senator Liias’s leadership in the Mariner Communitychampioning a permanent library and much needed public services in thcommunity.” 

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