Howard County Library System named 2013 Library of the Year

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.