Howard County Library System: Library of the Year!
For the fifth consecutive year, a ULC member library has been named Library of the Year through a competition sponsored by Library Journal and Gale Cengage Learning.
Congratulations to Howard County Library System President & CEO Valerie Gross and her wonderful team for receiving this prestigious honor. As the guidelines for this program state, "All libraries are good, some are great."
Howard County's outstanding characteristics are creativity, leadership and innovation. In a true sign of the times, the library was selected among many worthy candidates for its primacy as an educational institution, evidenced by its mission statement: We deliver high-quality education for all ages.
Education infuses all aspects of Howard County's work. Its programs and services are known as its curriculum (organized in a three-pillar framework: Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, and Instructive & Enlightening Experiences), and its workforce is described as a team of educators and support staff.
In recent years, its achievements include tripled library visits (1M to 3M) and attendance at classes and events (73K to 250K/yr.); and the doubling of materials borrowed (3M to 7.1M), and research assistance interactions (800K to 1.8M/yr.) - all this in a county with 282,000 residents.
Watch a snippet from the celebration.
Congratulations as well to Rivkah Sass and her great team at Sacramento Public Library, a finalist for 2013 Library of the Year, singled out for its customer-focused service philosophy and dedication to community. In 2012, Sacramento Public Library received a ULC Top Innovators Award for its I Street Café, a writing, publishing and literary center that serves the entire community.