Pam Sandlian Smith 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 itself as a library focused on participatory learning, community engagement and shifting perceptions of the role of libraries.
Anythink was awarded the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the 2011 John Cotton Dana Award for Outstanding Public Relations, 2011 Library Journal Landmark Libraries award and is a grantee of the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation learning labs project. Sandlian Smith 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.
Prior to her role at Anythink, Sandlian Smith was the Director of the West Palm Beach Public Library and held a variety of leadership roles at the Denver Public Library. She serves on the board of directors for the Public Library Association.