2016 Joey Rodger Leadership Award Winner

Lynn WilliamsonThe Urban Libraries Council (ULC) is pleased to present Lynn Williamson, Chief of the Neighborhood Library Services Division for the Free Library of Philadelphia, with the 2016 ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award.

Lynn Williamson has worked for the Free Library for 21 years in neighborhood libraries, as a subject department head, and as an administrator in Materials Management. As the lead library administrator for 52 neighborhood libraries, Lynn’s primary focus is community engagement with all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. She has recently taken on the challenge of moving the Free Library's neighborhood library services deep into the 21st Century with new models of community connectedness and collaboration. Through a newly formed Cluster system, the Free Library is developing Community Councils throughout the city to improve operational efficiency, inspire civic involvement among community members, and engage leaders across the social service, nonprofit, and civic spheres. This design is intended to build the economic vitality, educational encouragement and health of communities, particularly in areas of economic distress.

"I am privileged to be the winner of this year’s Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the Urban Libraries Council," said Williamson. "With the support of this award, I anticipate attending a course at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania which will help me learn how to foster collaboration between neighborhood stakeholders and implement best practices of community organizing in Philadelphia within a larger nationwide context.