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Gary Strong (1944-    )

Gary Strong’s far-reaching career as a librarian includes innumerable professional contributions on state, national and international levels. While California State Librarian (1980-94), he not only helped libraries persevere through the difficult post-Proposition 13 era, he also established the California Literacy Campaign, the Partnerships for Change program, and Infopeople—all of which have had a profound impact on California library services. As director of the Queens Borough Public Library (1994-2003), he served the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. Currently he is University Librarian at UCLA.

Strong has won the Twenty-First Century Librarian Award from Syracuse University, Charlie Robinson Award from the Public Library Association, and Humphrey Award from the American Library Association's International Relations Round Table. In 2001, he served as the International Federation of Library Associations representative to the United Nations. He received the Exceptional Achievement Award (1992) from the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies and Librarian of the Year (1994) from the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners.

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Photo credit: Scott Quintard, UCLA Photography