October 24, 2014

Edmonton Public Library Celebrates Library of the Year Honors

Edmonton Library staffers celebrate the LOTY honor with foam fingers and party favors.

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.

What Academic Libraries Can Learn From Howard County Public | From the Bell Tower

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.

ALA Annual Conference Day Three: First Time Authors, Top Tech Trends, Library of the Year | ALA 2013

Auditorium Speaker Temple Grandin

Photo gallery of events from the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL

Photo Gallery: A Look at the ALA Annual Conference, Day 3 | ALA Annual 2012

LJ Editor-in-Chief Francine Fialkoff, San Diego County Library Director Jose Aponte, and San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts. Photo: Dave Feiling Photography

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.

2012 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: San Diego County Library, Empowering the Public

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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.

ALA Annual 2011: King County Library System Receives Gale/LJ Library of the Year Award

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 […]

2009 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Queens Library, The Politics of Excellence

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 […]