January 25, 2022

Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Announces Recipients of 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions Awards at Annual Forum

From ULC:

2016-10-07_10-57-52The 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions were presented during a special Innovations Celebration on October 6.

The event was part of ULC’s 2016 Annual Forum. Award winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges who considered nearly 270 submissions in 10 categories that supported U.S. and Canadian public library programs focused on education, digital inclusion, healthy communities and library operations.

“The breadth of the 2016 innovations is remarkable, confirming that creativity and inventive approaches continue to thrive in public libraries,” said [UrbanLibraries Council (ULC) President and CEO Susan] Benton. “ULC is proud to highlight programs that provide lifelong learning opportunities, meet the unique needs of diverse audiences, leverage technology to connect people with each other and vital resources and address community issues. These are the initiatives of the 21st century public library.”

The Award-Winning Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions include:

Workforce and Economic Development
Top Innovator: Rochester Public Library “Reimagining Business Reference in a Mid-Sized City”
Honorable Mention: Scottsdale Public Library “Eureka Loft Scottsdale”

Race and Social Equity
Top Innovator: St. Paul Public Library “Saint Paul Public Library Racial Equity Initiative”
Honorable Mention: Brooklyn Public Library “TeleStory: Library-to-Jail Video Storytime”

Civic and Community Engagement
Top Innovator: King County Library System “Inspire, Engage, Connect”
Honorable Mention: Fort Vancouver Regional Library District “Forum @ the Library

Health, Safety and Sustainability
Top Innovator: San Francisco Public Library “Biblio Bistro”
Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Public Library “Los Angeles Public Library‘s The Source”

Organizational Change and Strategic Management
Top Innovator: Montgomery County Public Libraries “The ‘Library Refresh Program:’ In-Time Solutions”
Honorable Mention: Kent District Library “Cultural Management through Efficient Staffing”

Learning: Birth through Teens
Top Innovator: San Mateo County Libraries “Talk Read Sing”
Honorable Mention: Free Library of Philadelphia “Back to School Jumpstart Camp”

Learning: Adults
Top Innovator: Queens Library “Helping Adults Finally Achieve that High School Diploma”
Honorable Mention: Dayton Metro Library “Expanding Connectivity”

Top Innovator: Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County “We Have the Hots for You”
Honorable Mention: Multnomah County LibraryLibrary‘s Writers Project”

Customer Experience
Top Innovator: Wichita Public Library “Wichita Public Library Creates Raving Fans”
Honorable Mention: Palm Beach County Library System “Enriching the Visually Impaired Community”

Positioning the Library
Top Innovator: Sno-Isle Libraries “TEDxSnoIsle Libraries 2015″
Honorable Mention: Pierce County Library System “Open Lab @ RP/6: Success in Civilian Life”

Learn More About Each 2016 “Top Innovator” in this Brochure (26 pages; PDF) or Web Page

See Also: Learn More About Previous Recipients

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