November 17, 2017

2006 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Salt Lake City Public Library – Where Democracy Happens

The building was the catalyst. “The affirmation of the bond issue vote was huge, with its 68 percent approval margin,” says Nancy Tessman, director of the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL). The vote was in November 1998, and the new building opened in February 2003, a magnificent creation of the team led by internationally […]

Gale/LJ Library of the Year 2006: Salt Lake City Public Library-Where Democracy Happens

Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year: Salt Lake City Public Library The building was the catalyst. “The affirmation of the bond issue vote was huge, with its 68 percent approval margin,” says Nancy Tessman, director of the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL). The vote was in November 1998, and the new building opened […]

2005 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Fayetteville Public Library, AR – Five Steps to Excellence

On Halloween Day, in a black cape and mask, Louise Schaper was introduced to the staff of Arkansas’s Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) as the new executive director. The incredible progress of FPL from that day on has won it the Gale/Library Journal 2005 Library of the Year Award. “It was a very poor library in […]

Gale/LJ Library of the Year 2005: Fayetteville Public Library, AR-Five Steps to Excellence

Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year: Fayetteville Public Library, AR On Halloween Day, in a black cape and mask, Louise Schaper was introduced to the staff of Arkansas’s Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) as the new executive director. The incredible progress of FPL from that day on has won it the Gale/Library Journal 2005 Library of […]

2004 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: San José Public Library & San José State University Library – The San José Model

It took six years to propose, plan, and execute what Jane Light, director of the San José Public Library (SJPL), calls “the marriage.” The idea came from brainstorming at a power breakfast of former mayor Susan Hammer and former San José State University (SJSU) president Robert Caret in 1997. They would collaborate to build what […]

Gale/LJ Library of the Year 2004: San José Public Library & San José State University Library-The San José Model

It took six years to propose, plan, and execute what Jane Light, director of the San José Public Library (SJPL), calls “the marriage.” The idea came from brainstorming at a power breakfast of former mayor Susan Hammer and former San José State University (SJSU) president Robert Caret in 1997. They would collaborate to build what […]

2003 Library of the Year: Las Vegas–Clark County Library District

They listened to the people, but the key to their success was in what they did about what they heard. It started back in 2000, when the Las Vegas – Clark County Library District (LVCCLD), NV, began the planning process and the massive improvements that have led to its being chosen the Gale/LJ Library of […]

2002 Library of the Year: Kalamazoo Public Library Kalamazoo, Michigan

“There’s a historic attitude here. If you want a quality library you have to pay for it. That obligation, first and foremost, belongs to the voters.” So says Saul Amdursky, director of the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL), MI. He was explaining just one of many reasons KPL was chosen as Gale/LJ Library of the Year […]

2001 Library of the Year: Richland County Public Library, Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina is not the state that springs to mind when one talks about stellar library service. Public expenditures are generally tight, meaning that libraries often aren’t a priority. The state is so conservative that the Attorney General has urged Internet filtering and pledged to defend any library sued for administering such a policy. The […]