Washington, D.C. (KINY) – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today made the following statement after the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded Kuskokwim Consortium Library in Bethel, Alaska, the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service – the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries.
“I nominated the Kuskokwim Consortium Library for this prestigious award because I have been so impressed by the important resources and personalized services they provide—including access to internet connectivity, educational support, help for the homeless and food insecure, and cultural preservation—not only to the students at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus but to everyone in Bethel. Being awarded the National Medal is an impressive accomplishment and well-deserved recognition for all their hard work and dedication and I’m very proud of everyone involved,” said Senator Murkowski.
“UAF is proud of our rural campuses and the services they provide in Alaskan communities. The Kuskokwim Consortium Library is a shining example of UAF’s commitment to our communities, and I am grateful for the leadership of Kuskokwim Campus Director Carolyn Goolsby and Library Director Theresa Quiner in carrying out this mission. Thank you to the IMLS for recognizing the exceptional work and impact of the Kuskokwim Consortium Library, and to Senator Murkowski for her steadfast support of the Kuskokwim Consortium Library and all of UAF,” said Dan White, Chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Bethel is one of eight awardees of the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.