When the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) in Alberta, Canada was named the Gale/Library Journal 2014 Library of the Year, the staff knew they’d made history, becoming the first library outside of the United States to take home that honor. Turns out, Edmontonians know how to party, and they sent us some images from the celebration, which featured party favors, foam fingers, and of course, story time for the kids. Because no matter how big the honor you have to accept, nothing gets in the way of story time.
For 101 years, Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) has galvanized its ever-growing city. From its beginnings above a meat and liquor store in 1913 to its current configuration as a massive, team-driven enterprise, EPL has served as a pioneering gathering place, connecting people and expanding minds. In the process, it changed the parameters of what it means to be a public library and transformed itself. Having the spirit and creativity to do that meant taking risks, innovating, and embracing change. It made EPL a model for all public libraries and the winner of the 2014 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.
There’s a reason that the Howard County Library System, MD (HCLS) is the Gale/LJ 2013 Library of the Year—an incredible focus on user experience and staff development that enables each worker to invest in the success of the library. It’s a case study for academic librarians who want to take things to the next level of service and community engagement.
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“We deliver high-quality education for all ages,” says the simple, direct mission statement of the library system. Its position as an integral member of the county education system was coupled with the effort by CEO and president Valerie Gross to use “words that work” to describe the jobs of HCLS staffers, the services they provide, and the vision and mandate of the library. They all combine to provide a brand that has made HCLS a crucial county asset and a new model for libraries everywhere. This championing of community alignment, as well as many other impressive endeavors, makes HCLS the 2013 Gale/LJ Library of the Year—a well-supported, sustainable 21st-century library system from which others can and do take inspiration.
After some fabulous sessions, exhibits, and author signings (and a fire alarm at the convention center), the day concluded with the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year award reception in honor of San Diego County Library. See below for some of the highlights, and and stay tuned for more live reports from #ala12.
As the dimensions of the housing crisis became clear to the management team of the San Diego County Library (SDCL), under the direction of Jose Aponte, they moved the library, knowing it was a trusted organization, into the breach. The libraries actions in that area and many others have won many awards and also serves as a prime example of why SDCL is the Gale/LJ 2012 Library of the Year.
UPBEAT AND ALWAYS INNOVATING An enthusiastic group of staffers from King County (top) gathered at the House of Blues to accept accolades; (clockwise from middle l.) KCLS’s Jed Moffitt also had a chance to jam with the band; San Francisco’s Marcia Schneider talked with with Edmonton’s 2011 Mover & Shaker Tina Thomas and NISO’s Todd […]
By John N. Berry III, June 7, 2011 The words “Open to all” permeate this library’s strategic plan INTEGRATED INTO THE FABRIC OF COMMUNITY Top row, l.-r.: The jaunty Sammamish Library, one of LJ‘s New Landmark Libraries, anchors a new city center; the Snoqualmie branch bustles. Second row, l.-r.: KCLS’s robust building program has produced many […]
Queens Library, NY “Let there be no mistake. Public library service is a critical service that must be preserved. People need us, and we must continue to be there for them. We will fight every day to save the Queens Library this year, so that when this economy turns around we will be well positioned […]