LEESBURG —The American Library Association (ALA) has named Mark Miller, chair of the Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees, as the 2017 recipient of the ALA Trustee Citation.
The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 Americans who serve on library boards.
“Mark Miller’s dedicated service and commitment to excellence in libraries has resulted in initiatives that benefit all Loudoun County residents,” noted Library Director Chang Liu. “During his time as chair, the Board has developed innovative solutions to serve the needs of our community.”
In 2013, the Gum Spring Library opened in Dulles South. Funded through an innovative public-private partnership, Gum Spring hosts the system’s first dedicated makerspace, as well as diverse collections and programs that serve a rapidly growing area. The library system has developed a similar partnership to build the 40,000-square-foot Brambleton Library, which will open in 2018.
To provide all residents with expanded access to legal resources, Miller guided the process of transferring responsibility for the county’s Law Library from the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk to LCPL in 2016. In April 2017, the Sterling Library will complete its relocation to an updated facility nearly three times the size of the previous branch.
Miller received the Virginia Library Association Trustee Library Award in 2016. He has served as a member of the Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees since 2011 and as its chair since 2013. He has also served on the Loudoun County Fiscal Impact Committee, the Loudoun County Housing Advisory Board and on the board of the Friends of Ashburn Library.
A Florida native, Miller graduated from the University of Florida and attended graduate school at the University of Maryland. He resides in Leesburg with his wife, Ellyn, and son, Jake. His daughter, Gabriella, passed away from brain cancer in 2013 at the age of 10. To defeat childhood cancer, the Millers established the Smashing Walnuts Foundation. In 2014, the Foundation’s work resulted in the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, authorizing a pediatric research initiative through the National Institutes of Health. Gabriella loved to read, and loved the Loudoun County Public Library: a key reason her father works so passionately on the Library’s behalf.
Miller will be honored with the ALA Trustee Citation at the Opening General Session of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago that runs June 22-27.