On Friday, May 10, Michigan’s Canton Township and the Canton Public Library were presented with the LibraryAware Community Award, given by Library Journal and funded by LibraryAware, a product of EBSCO Publishing’s NoveList Division.
According to the guidelines, the award “emphasizes the library’s engagement with the community and will recognize a library or library system that has demonstrated its ability to make its community ‘aware’ of what the library can do for it—and has delivered on that promise.”
From our April 1 cover story on the town and the library:
There’s a good reason that Canton Charter Township in Michigan is so aware of the activities of the Canton Public Library (CPL): in addition to circulating about 1.8 million items per year and holding about 1,086 programs attended by some 35,000 residents, the library has worked with 72 different businesses, agencies, and organizations, according to Laurie Golden, the department head of community relations.
The library’s work in enhancing services for its service population of 90,173 and forging strong local partnerships stem from a three-year strategic plan that was completed in 2011, Golden says. “The Canton Public Library connects your community” became the library’s new mission. The strategic plan encouraged library staff to tap into the local expertise and further tailor collections, programming, and services to community needs with user profiles and feedback from focus groups and comment cards. All of this, of course, supported by a per capita budget of $56.69.