Pam Sandlian Smith

Disruptive Librarian

Pam Sandlian Smith creates libraries that help people fall in love with libraries and reading. She is the director of Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado, just north of Denver. Through her leadership, the public library system went from being the worst-funded system in the state of Colorado to one of the most-recognized library brands nationwide by creating an entirely new service model. Along with a $60 million capital improvement project, which included the building of five new libraries and three renovations, Anythink reinvented libraries focused on participatory learning, community engagement and shifting perceptions of the role of libraries themselves.

Pam was the 2010 Colorado Librarian of the Year and the recipient of the 2012 Charlie Robinson Award for innovation and risk taking. She has also been honored for her work in library technology innovation and early literacy projects. Through her speaking and writing, Sandlian Smith stimulates discussions on innovation, creativity and participation in libraries worldwide.

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