Beaufort County Library Director Receives Award

25 Apr Beaufort County Library Director Receives Award



April 19, 2022


Beaufort County Library Director Receives Award


The Beaufort County Library System is pleased to announce that Library Director Ray McBride is the recipient of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries (FOSCL) Outstanding Individual Award for 2016.


The Friends of South Carolina Libraries (FOSCL), a statewide organization, was created in the late 1980’s to help foster, create, and support local Friends of the Library groups, and to provide networking opportunities for these groups to work together for the support of library services throughout the State of South Carolina.


Mr. McBride was nominated by the Friends of the Bluffton Branch Library. According to Barbara Murphy, President of the Bluffton Friends, “We believe that Ray qualifies for this award based on FOSCL’s criteria and as exhibited by his personal qualities and activities as well as his exemplary leadership as Director of Beaufort County Libraries.”


Last spring, the Beaufort County Library Board of Trustees hired McBride as Director based in part on his success as Director of the Florence County Library System; his established record of significant achievements since beginning his career in the Darlington County Library System in 2000; and his knowledge of the challenges faced by Beaufort County Libraries as well as his vision for meeting those challenges.


The award was presented at the FOSCL’s Annual Meeting held on April 19 at the Lexington County Public Library.


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