Commissioner Larry Weeks was honored recently for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). During that time, Weeks has narrated local and regional books for the Idaho Talking Book Service, recording 23 books--including a two-volume, 28-hour recording of the History of Idaho, which took over a year to record. He especially loves reading history books and he also records many of our local magazines. In addition to a certificate, Weeks was awarded an outdoor thermometer with a name plate; his current thermometer (a Volunteer Appreciation Week gift from about 15 years ago) had been broken, so he was given a new one in recognition of 25 years of service.
Weeks has also served on the ICfL Board of Library Commissioners for 19 years. Appointed in 1996 to finish out another Commissioner’s term, Weeks has served under two State Librarians, under both the Idaho State Library and Idaho Commission for Libraries, and while the Commission was under State Board of Education and then a Self-Governing Agency. Weeks was also instrumental in the change to our mission statement: to assist libraries to build the capacity to better serve their clientele.
Congratulations and heartfelt appreciation to Larry Weeks for his years of dedication to improving library services in Idaho.
If your public library demonstrates outstanding service to a population of 25,000 or less, Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation want to hear from you. Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America was founded 10 years ago to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of small libraries.
Prizes: The winning library will receive a $20,000 cash award; a feature story in the February 1, 2015 Library Journal; membership and conference costs for two library representatives to attend the Public Library Association Biannual Conference in 2016, and a gala reception at the conference. Two finalist libraries will be awarded a $10,000 cash award as well as membership and conference costs for two library representatives.
Process: Tell your story in two pages, share key statistics, and add two letters of support from other library professionals who know your library’s impact.
Judging: Nominations will be judged based on key factors, including:
• Creativity in developing services and programs that can be replicated by other libraries
• Innovation in introducing and supporting public access to computers and the Internet
• Success in educating patrons in computer use, and measuring the results of technology usage
• Use of technology to expand the reach of library services
• Demonstrated community support
• Sustained cooperation with other libraries
• Partnerships with other agencies and businesses
• Increase in library use, particularly by new users
• Evidence of library’s role as community center
Guidelines and eligibility requirements: Visit http://lj.libraryjournal.com/awards/best-small-library-in-america-award-nomination-guidelines/Postmark deadline: September 9, 2015