Gale and Library Journal magazine today announced that Howard County Library System in Columbia, Maryland is the 2013 Library of the Year.
Each year this recognition goes to a public library that most profoundly demonstrates service to community, creativity, leadership and innovation in developing community programs, particularly programs that can be emulated by others. In addition to a cash award of $10,000, the Howard County Library System (HCLS) will be featured as the cover story for the June 15 issue of Library Journal.
HCLS serves a population of more than 280,000 residents, of which a whopping 90% have – and use – their library card. But what sets HCLS apart is its standing as an educational institution.The HCLS curriculum is built on three pillars:
Self-Directed Education – using one million print and digital resources, HCLS empowers residents in many different facets of live – from genealogy research and foreign language studies to health education and homework help.
Research Assistance and Instruction - offers personalized research assistance, in person, online and via phone, as well as classes and events taught by HCLS instructors
Instructive & Enlightening Experiences - offers cultural and community center concepts, signature events, and partnerships, such as A+ Partners in Education and Choose Civility.
The 2013 Library of the Year Award will be presented formally at a gala reception at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on June 30, 2013.