Georgia’s Public Library Champion of the Year is presented to an outstanding advocate who is not employed by a public library, but whose support significantly raised the profile of libraries and improved services during the year. This year, Georgia Public Library Service is recognizing Dan Aldridge, current president of Friends of Georgia Libraries.
“Dan Aldridge exemplifies the traits of champion for libraries and Friends groups,” said Julie Walker. “His high level of service and dedication has inspired many to excellent service in their own communities.”
In this volunteer role, Aldridge has tirelessly traversed throughout Georgia to not only advocate for public libraries, but also to assist numerous local friends of library groups in organization by sharing ways to strengthen their advocacy efforts.
He also helped organize the Friends of Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), including spearheading a fund-raising campaign to cover the legal costs so the group could become a 501c3 organization.
“One of the best ways to support a library in the essential role it plays in each community is through local volunteers who work together as a friends of the library group,” said Dan Aldridge. “As president of Friends of Georgia Libraries, that work is my passion.”
In his spare time, Aldridge authored the book “To Lasso the Clouds,” which documents the first aviation attempts in Georgia. In 2017, Aldridge was a Georgia Author of the Year Award Finalist in the History Category. In 2016, he won the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History and the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Award, which he used to attend National Legislative Day in Washington, DC, to advocate for Georgia libraries.