…but the world will only know it if you share its story!
Library Journal is once again soliciting nominations for the Best Small Library in America. For more than a decade now, they’ve been profiling one library each year that is a living showcase of the innovation and passion with which small town libraries serve the needs of their communities.
In order to qualify, a library must have a service population of 25,000 or less and be extraordinary. These are the key factors by which nominations shall be judged:
- Creativity in developing services and programs that can be replicated by other libraries, including outreach to special populations
- Innovation in introducing and supporting public access to computers and the Internet
- Success in educating patrons in computer use, and measuring the results of technology usage
- Use of technology to expand the reach of library services
- Demonstrated community support
- Sustained cooperation with other libraries
- Partnerships with other agencies and businesses
- Increase in library use, particularly by new users
- Evidence of library’s role as community center
I know there are plenty of libraries in North Dakota doing all of these things with aplomb and I very much hope they apply!
Nominations must be postmarked by September 10, 2014. Click the following to read the full Nomination Guidelines. The winning library will receive $20,000 and two finalist libraries will receive $10,000 each. Here are the most recent winners:
- 2011: Naturita Community Library (CO)
- 2012: Independence Public Library (KS)
- 2013: Southern Area Public Library (WV)
- 2014: Pine River Library (CO)
- 2015: Your library?