OAKDALE, MN (07/05/2017) Gary Kirk, President of Tech Logic a Minnesota-based manufacturer of automation systems, has been appointed to the board of United for Libraries, a Trustees and Friends advocacy group.
A division of the American Library Association, United for Libraries was the result of a 2009 merger between two advocacy groups: Friends of the Library USA and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates. The combination of these advocacy groups promotes the development of strong Trustee and Friends of the Library groups along with providing education and tools to help facilitate a stronger advocacy voice for libraries across the U.S. The combined strength of fiscal development expertise and governing expertise allows for those who advocate for libraries to have deeper insights towards strengthening libraries in their communities.
Gary’s presence on the team will provide a unique vendor-based viewpoint that will help libraries and their advocates understand how to better implement modern workflow improvement systems as well as the means to best choose and acquire the right solutions. Having informed, subject matter-based Friends and Trustee transparent implementations will lead to better patron experiences, and higher library use.
Asked about his appointment, Kirk said, “It is a honor to be associated with such a great organization and I hope I will be able to make a significant contribution to United for Libraries. I attended my first board meeting during ALA in Chicago last week. The board and organization is loaded with a fantastic group of people that love and care for libraries, just as I do.”
Gary Kirk’s company, Tech Logic, is a twenty-year-old, Minnesota-based, family-owned manufacturer of sorting systems, self-service solutions and RFID suites for libraries. Founded by a librarian in 1997, Tech Logic developed the very first sorting systems for libraries, and has been manufacturing those systems for two decades with libraries as their sole focus.
Positioned as thought leaders in the library field, Tech Logic, along with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, awarded the staff of Enoch Pratt Free Library and director Carla Hayden — now the Librarian of Congress — the People First Award for library excellence for their brave response during the Baltimore riots. During ALA in San Francisco, Tech Logic also presented the Expect More Speaker Series, featuring now-Director of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science, R. David Lankes. These experiences, and Gary Kirk’s 35-year passion for libraries, all point to his membership at United for Libraries as one rich with synergies for their membership.