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AI- 7048   4. B. 5.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 02/03/2016  
LibraryAware Community Awards
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Ratify the submission of an application to the Library Journal for the LibraryAware Community Award.
BACKGROUND
The LibraryAware Community Award emphasizes the library’s engagement with the community and will recognize a library or library system that has demonstrated its ability to make its community “aware” of what the library can do for it—and has delivered on that promise. The award will be given by Library Journal.
The LibraryAware Award will go to a library whose community is aware of and recognizes the library’s role:
• In areas that are documented priorities in the community served by the library, such as digital access, adoption, and/or literacy; economic and workforce development; education; health care; public safety and emergency services; civic engagement
• As a place of transformation and change
• As an organization whose activities ensure outcomes that are essential to the vitality of the community
DISCUSSION
The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library during National Library Week. If awarded, the County will receive a plaque identifying it as a “LibraryAware” community. The winning library will receive $10,000. Second place is $7,500 and third place is $5,000. The winning library also will be featured in an article in Library Journal in the spring of 2016.

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