January 19, 2022

ALA Statement: Library Community Grieves Tragic Loss of Amber Clark of Sacramento Public Library


From the American Library Association (Full Text of Statement):


Amber Clark (Photo via ALA)

Amber Clark, Sacramento Public Library’s North Natomas branch supervisor, was fatally wounded by a gunman in the library’s parking lot as she sat in her vehicle on the evening of Dec. 11. Since the time of this tragic event, the American Library Association (ALA) has contacted colleagues in Sacramento, California to offer resources and support.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo released the following statement regarding ALA resources available to ALA members and how the library community can lend additional support.

“ALA and members of the library community are shocked and saddened by the devastating loss of ALA member Amber Clark.” said Garcia-Febo. “I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Clark’s family, friends and colleagues.

“I ask that the library community keep Amber in their thoughts and prayers and celebrate her selfless commitment to building a better Sacramento through education and lifelong learning.

“Amber’s life was an example of courage and dedication. She exemplified the values of ALA and librarianship in her work and, prior to that, as a youth services librarian. She was known as a passionate champion for accessibility and inclusion, and her invaluable contributions to those she served will greatly be missed.

“As we work to make sense of this tragic act of violence, ALA has contacted Sacramento Public Library to offer support and will continue to work with local library leaders as needed.

“In times of duress we look to one another for support and courage. I ask that ALA members work to provide comfort to Clark’s family and share their condolences in care of Sacramento Public Library, C/O Rivkah Sass, Library Director, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814.

“You may wish to honor Amber and her family by supporting the work she felt so passionately about. Amber was a fierce advocate for people with disabilities and helped Sacramento Public Library develop dynamic programs that made libraries more welcoming and inclusive. Your support at https://www.saclibrary.org/amber will help the library carry forward Amber’s legacy.

“Also, our hearts go out to library staff who are most likely working through a variety of emotions as they cope with the loss of their colleague. Those in need of emotional support are welcome to visit ALA- APA’s workplace wellness resources at http://bit.ly/ALAGriefResources .”

Direct to Amber Clark Memorial Web Page

Additional Media Coverage

Suspect in California Librarian’s Murder Had Frightened Library Workers in St. Louis Area, Police Say (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch) (December 19)

Alleged Killer of Natomas Librarian Had History of Threats Toward Librarians (via Sacramento Bee) (December 17)

Natomas Librarian’s Alleged Ambush Killer Appears In Court (via Sacramento Bee) (December 17)

Sacramento Librarian Slain; Suspect Had Been Banned From Library(via Sacramento Bee) (December 14)

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