It’s National Library Week – time to show off our services and resources to our customers, patrons and clients. Whatever you call them, their information and research needs are what we’re here to serve. This week is a perfect opportunity to invite your colleagues in to the library and show your stuff!
This year’s ALA NLW theme is “Communities Matter”. In transportation, we serve communities of practice and ever-widening metropolitan and rural communities accessed by our infrastructure. We also have been growing our community of transportation libraries for several years and have made amazing progress. The more connected and sustainable our library communities are, the better we can serve our patrons. Head over to our Members Only page to access the pooled fund NLW poster files and the ALA web files we purchased.
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MnDOT Library learned this week that we have won an ALA 2012 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award!!
From the ALA website:
“One of the most prestigious awards given by the American Library Association (ALA) is the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, honoring outstanding library public relations, which is provided by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA, a division of the American Library Association), in conjunction with the H.W. Wilson Foundation and EBSCO Publishing.” The award is open to all types and sizes of libraries.
And from the official announcement:
“The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) created the “moving knowledge” campaign to convey updated space and resources and improve outreach efforts. The space redesign transformed the library from a “bland government” look to a warm and inviting environment. The eye-catching marketing campaign succeeded in bringing in new MnDOT users from throughout the state. The Grand Reopening Event drew 65 percent more attendees than the last Open House, and daily visits to the library increased 1000 percent.”
Congratulations to Sheila Hatchell and her amazing staff: Jim Byerly - Electronic Resources Librarian; Qin Tang - Technical Services Librarian; Karen Neinstadt – Reference and Outreach Librarian; Pam Gonzalez – Library Technician; Christie Schultz - Library Intern; and former Project Librarian – Anne Shelley.
We are so proud of you guys!