Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Wins Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award


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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Wins Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award

Charlotte, NC – June 27, 2012 – The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been named a 2012 Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for its strategic approach to programming in response to the recommendations of the Future of the Library Task Force. The awards were announced at the ULC Annual Forum June 21-22 in Newport Beach, California. Click here for the booklet of winners.

In announcing the 10 Top Innovators, ULC President and CEO Susan Benton said the winning programs demonstrate the remarkable work that occurs in libraries every day. “These programs emphasize the foundations of 21st century library service and demonstrate how public libraries area building community and changing lives every day,” Benton said. "We congratulate the winners for their innovation, creativity, and commitment to meeting the changing needs of the communities they serve.”

The 10 innovative programs were selected from nearly 200 entries. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library won in the Organizational Change & Strategic Management category, for establishing a focused, responsive, cost-effective, and measurable program framework that emphasizes core services.

David Singleton, Director of Libraries for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, noted, “When the Library system was challenged by the Future of the Library Task Force to focus library programming, understand its full cost, and demonstrate its impact, we took the challenge and created an innovative approach to programming that is focused on community needs, with demonstrated outcomes for selected programs, at a truly extraordinary value of about $2. 29 per attendee."

Singleton will share the award with the Library Board of Trustees at their regular meeting today, and with staff at upcoming meetings.

"The credit goes to the library staff who create library programs that have significant impact on literacy, educational success, and workforce development in the community. We are particularly honored to receive this award from the Urban Libraries Council, which recognized our work as having great impact on our community while serving as a model for other library systems around the country."

ULC, a membership organization made up of North America's leading public library system, launched the Innovations Initiative in 2010 to capture and showcase creative programs that demonstrate the vital role public libraries play today in community life.

About the Urban Libraries Council
As a membership organization made up of America’s premier public library systems and the organizations that serve them, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has spent more than 40 years enriching urban communities by strengthening their public libraries. While ULC members primarily represent urban and suburban libraries, lessons from their work are widely used by all libraries. ULC serves as a forum for thought leaders sharing best and next practices resulting from targeted research, education, and emerging trends. Its programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
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