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Are You the “Best Small Library in America”?

libraryjournal.jpgIf your Friends of the Library organization submitted an entry to the 2013 Evy Nordley Award contest, it’s clear that you are pleased with the work your group is doing for your library. In turn, are you equally pleased with the work your library is doing in and for the community? If the answer is a resounding YES, and you are represent a community of under 25,000 residents, consider nominating your branch or system for “Best Small Library in America”!

The annual ‘Best Small Library’ distinction is bestowed annually by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As the name suggests, its intent is to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of modestly-sized libraries. The winner will receive $20,000, a feature story in Library Journal, and a number of other perks.

Judging is based on a number of factors, including: creativity in developing and implementing replicable programming, availability of computers/Internet and tech support, sustained cooperation with other libraries, and evidence of the library’s long-standing value as a community center.

Entry is free, and anyone – staff or volunteer, Friend or patron – is encouraged to submit a nomination. For more information, including eligibility requirements, comprehensive judging criteria, and step-by-step nomination instructions, visit Library Journal online. All materials must be postmarked by October 14, 2013.