Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award Applications Due June 30, 2014

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Paula Paolucci, New York State Library
Phone: (518) 474-5930
E-mail: ppaolucc@mail.nysed.gov

JOSEPH F. SHUBERT LIBRARY EXCELLENCE AWARD APPLICATIONS DUE June 14, 2013

John Hammond, Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, announced today that applications are being accepted for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award and will be due on June 30, 2014.  The 2014 Award Committee members are Mary Muller (Chair), Sharon Orienter, and Steven Manning.

The Award will recognize a New York State library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users.  This year, the award of $1,000 is sponsored again through the generosity of the Friends of the New York State Libraryexternal link icon.

In 2013, the Award was presented to Southworth Library Learning Commons at SUNY Canton for their transitioning to a learning commons model from a traditional academic library.  The Library was able to expand its hours as well as stay open 24/7 during exam periods.  The Library department combined with the Tutoring department to become one, library-based learning center for all students on campus.  The collections expanded to include a range of technology to use within the library as well as an extensive collection of textbooks.  Because their entire approach is progressive, they continue to search for ways to introduce new media and meet more patron needs, with an eye on staying ahead of the ever-changing demand for resources and services.

Projects nominated for the Award should document measurable progress in identifying user needs, taking steps to meet those needs, and evaluating the results.  All library types are eligible to apply:  Public, School, Special Libraries as well as Academic.  Previous applicants are encouraged to apply, and previous winners of the Award may apply after 3 years.

For more information about the Shubert Award, please contact Paula Paolucci in the State Librarian's Office at (518) 474-5930 or via e-mail: ppaolucc@mail.nysed.gov

Applications must be received by June 30, 2014.

Last Updated: March 28, 2014