Librarian receives Distinguished Career Award

Contact: Rachel Cook

Media Advisory – Sept. 13, 2021

Gainesville, Fla. – Gainesville librarian Linda Cue received the annual Distinguished Career Award from the Northeast Florida Library Information Network (NEFLIN) on Sept. 10 for her work empowering vulnerable community members with information and resources.

The Alachua County Library District also earned the 2021 Making the Most of NEFLIN Continuing Education Award for dedication to training and continuing education. NEFLIN is a nonprofit training and research organization that serves 550 libraries in 24 counties throughout northeast Florida.

“Linda Cue leads by example through her commitment to patrons and community partnerships,” said Library Director Shaney T. Livingston. “She has helped make our libraries more inclusive by pioneering innovative programs and services.”

Over 20 years at the Library District, Linda Cue has focused on supporting and serving patrons, particularly those impacted by the criminal justice system and people struggling to find employment. She worked in the Library District’s Jail Library, a partnership with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and now serves as an Adult Services librarian at the

Librarian Linda Cue holds her award.
Headquarters Library.

Cue started the Re-Entry Partnership program in 2016 to provide tools and education for job seekers with criminal backgrounds and other barriers to employment. The undertaking has grown to a four-day conference and a job fair in collaboration with child welfare services and community resource provider Partnership for Strong Families. Cue has also developed many programs highlighting African American artists’ works and lives, including Juneteenth performances and author events.

“I am honored to receive this award and to have the opportunity to serve our community as a librarian,” Cue said. “I hope to continue to help people access whatever resources they need to improve their lives.”

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909 or

By Rachel on September 13, 2021