September 22, 2017

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

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 […]

2011 Library of the Year: King County Library System, WA | The People’s Library

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 […]

2010 Library of the Year: Columbus Metropolitan Library

(A preview from LJ‘s June 15, 2010 issue.) “We have $40 million on the line. Our levy is on the ballot in November,” says Patrick Losinksi, executive director of Ohio’s Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), winner of the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award 2010. Over the entrance to the 103-year-old Carnegie building that is […]

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 […]

2008 Library of the Year: Laramie County Library System, WY – The Impact Library

Impact! It is not just strong, effective publicity or the fine new building or even a staff built around its ability to connect with the people, although all of those things add to the impact of Wyoming’s Laramie County Library System (LCLS) on the city (Cheyenne) and county it serves. It isn’t just the latest […]

Library of the Year 2008: Laramie County Library System, WY-The Impact Library

Laramie County Library System, WY Impact! It is not just strong, effective publicity or the fine new building or even a staff built around its ability to connect with the people, although all of those things add to the impact of Wyoming’s Laramie County Library System (LCLS) on the city (Cheyenne) and county it serves. […]

Library of the Year 2008: Laramie County Library System, WY-The Impact Library

By John N. Berry III Laramie County Library System, WY  Impact! It is not just strong, effective publicity or the fine new building or even a staff built around its ability to connect with the people, although all of those things add to the impact of Wyoming’s Laramie County Library System (LCLS) on the city […]

2007 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Worthington Libraries, OH

Worthington, OH, has deep library roots. A library has been part of its history since the planning by settlers before the city’s birth in 1803. Among the treasures brought by James Kilbourne and the Scioto Company from Connecticut to the new, planned community they built was a collection of books for their new subscription library. […]

Gale/LJ Library of the Year 2007: Worthington Libraries, OH

Library of the Year 2007 Special Mention Many of this year’s submissions attest to the creativity and excellence in libraries nationwide. Several of the libraries feature the service philosophy and dedication to community that signify a Library of the Year: Austin Public Library, TX Brenda Branch, Director Loudoun County Public Library, Leesburg, VA Douglas A. […]