Gale and Library Journal Name Columbus Metropolitan Library 2010 Library of the Year

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Library Journal magazine will present Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) with $10,000 for winning the 2010 Library of the Year award, an annual award recognizing the library that best demonstrates commitment to library services and programs that can be emulated by others. In addition to the monetary award, which will be presented at a reception during the American Library Association Annual Conference, Columbus Metropolitan Library was featured on the cover of the June 15, 2010 issue of Library Journal.

With 21 branches and one operations center, Columbus Metropolitan Library has been serving central Ohio for more than 135 years. Through extensive customer research, CML has gained a keen understanding of customer behavior. This knowledge is the basis of a well-developed strategic plan which has guided the library system through good and bad economic times.

What sets Columbus Metropolitan Library apart is its innovative programming. Children, parents and caregivers benefit from the work of the Ready to Read Corps which organizes on-the-spot mini-workshops within the community to introduce pre-reading skills, circulate books and issue library cards. Homework Help Centers are set up in 18 Columbus branches, serving nearly 40,000 students in 2009, and plans are underway to open centers in the three remaining branches by mid-2011. The CML Job Centers help with skill development, job research and intensive one-on-one guidance. Through these programs and many others, Columbus Metropolitan Library provides tools to enrich the lives of those within its community.

“At Gale, we make it part of our daily worklife to support libraries. The Library of the Year program is a natural extension of that commitment,” said Patrick C. Sommers, president of Gale. “Each year we are impressed by the important work libraries are doing in their communities, and this year is no exception, as we recognize Columbus Metropolitan Library as the Library of the Year recipient. The progressive planning, the commitment of its staff and administration, and the important community outreach efforts are all to be applauded. We are proud to recognize Columbus Metropolitan Library for its hard work, innovation and ability to explore new and exciting ways to serve the Columbus community.”

“As far as Columbus Metropolitan Library is concerned, three is a charm,” said Francine Fialkoff, Library Journal editor in chief. “We recognized CML twice before in the finalist’s circle, and this accolade is more than well deserved. With a levy on the ballot this coming November, we hope this award will remind Columbus citizens about all the rich resources and programs the library delivers regularly to its community.”

“This is one of the highest honors a public library can receive,” said Patrick Losinski, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s executive director. “We strive to provide the most valuable and relevant services for our customers, and they truly support us and the work that we do. Our goal is to serve as a solution to the challenges our society is facing as a whole and we feel this award acknowledges that we are really making a difference.”

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About Cengage Learning and Gale

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs—from homework help to health questions to business profiles—in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.com.

About Library Journal

Library Journal is the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field. Considered to be the “bible” of the library world, Library Journal is read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. It is the single-most comprehensive publication for librarians, with groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, web sites, and systems that libraries buy. For more information, visit www.libraryjournal.com. Library Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, Horn Book, and Junior Library Guild.