WARWICK — The Albert Wisner Public Library has been selected from among hundreds of nominations for final consideration for the prestigious and intensely competitive award as Best Small Library in America.
The award is conferred jointly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Library Journal magazine.
The winner will be announced in late January.
“Being named as a finalist is an incredible honor for both our library and our community,” said Library Director Rosemary Cooper. “This award has been the benchmark for how our peers measure the quality of the services we provide.”
The annual award for the Best Small Library in America, now in its twelfth year, was founded to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of small libraries.
The award honors the American public library that most profoundly demonstrates outstanding service to smaller populations than libraries in large cities.
The winning library will receive a $20,000 cash award, a feature story in the Feb. 1 edition of 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 to also attend the conference and the reception along with special mention in Library Journal.
Members of the magazine’s editorial board, librarians from around the country and a representative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will judge nominations based on key factors such as creativity, innovation, use of technology and the library’s role as a community center.
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