Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award Applications Due June 14, 2013
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Paula Paolucci, New York State Library
Phone: (518) 474-5930
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 14, 2013. The 2013 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 Library.
In 2012, the Award was presented to the Greece Public Library for their expansion of programming space. In recent years, community programs had become so popular at the Greece Public Library that staffers frequently had to turn away interested parties. Bernadette Foster, Director of the Greece Public Library, said, “We needed to expand our program space, but we couldn’t afford to expand the library.” By taking advantage of tools from the Monroe County library system that keep track of which books and materials patrons are actually using, Greece library staff were able to scale down their collection of books and open up enough space to triple the size of the program room. “We were able to identify what people in this community wanted from their library collection and were able to delete a lot of things that were just sitting there not being used and we were able to buy things that people really want,” said Foster.
Projects nominated for the Award should document measurable progress in identifying user needs, taking steps to meet those needs, and evaluating the results. 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:
Regents Advisory Council on Libraries
Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award
c/o Paula Paolucci
New York State Library
10C34 Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
Phone: (518) 474-5930
Applications must be received by June 14, 2013.