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Instructor Safi Safiullah Named Librarian of the Year by Utah Library Association


Safi S. M. Safiullah, a native of Bangladesh and Manager of the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Marmalade Branch, was recognized for his career in community engagement and lifelong support of libraries and education around the world. 

Safiullah, who received his PhD from the History Department in 2003, teaches courses for History and Middle East Studies on campus.  In his time with the Salt Lake City Public Library, he has spearheaded community partnerships and a wide array of cultural programming.  He founded a school in Bangladesh with a circle of childhood friends, and he is now converting his former home in Bangladesh into a library.  

"Soon after joining The City Library staff in 2002, Safiullah began creating partnerships with schools, grassroots organizations, and diverse communities across Utah to initiate cultural programming at the Library. His efforts have sparked dialogues on a wide array of topics—including religious pluralism, redistricting Utah, race and gender issues, police violence, and Islamophobia—in order to enlighten Utahns on topics of current importance. Most recently, in partnership with KRCL and Utah Humanities, he organized an event about “fake news,” bringing together journalists and experts including Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Page Editor George Pyle, Salt Lake City Weekly Editor Enrique Limón, Deseret News Senior Project Editor Allison Pond, and Associate Professor of Journalism at BYU Joel Campbell.

Born in rural Bangladesh to a father who served as a District Juror Board member and a homemaker mother with a kind heart, Safiullah had a love for community engagement deeply ingrained in him from a very young age. He joined the University of Benghazi in Libya on a cultural exchange scholarship and received an undergraduate degree in History. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba in Canada before earning his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Utah, where he now teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Safiullah also serves on various committees in the Utah Library Association, American Library Association, and Asian Pacific American Librarians Association."

Congratulations to Safi for his outstanding achievements! Read more about his extraordinary life and work at The City Library page.


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