The award is administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and is given to a library or library system for development of an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. “Seeds of Change” contains more than 7,500 images taken from 1949 to 1967 and digitized from the photographic negatives of The Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C.’s daily newspaper. These photos document the trends and developments that influenced the eastern region of North Carolina during this period of major change in the United States. The collection’s website also contains supplemental multimedia resources which offer historical context for the images, including a streaming video and full transcript of an interview with The Daily Reflector's former editor and photographer; an essay written by ECU history faculty member Christopher Oakley on the history of Pitt County and Greenville during this period; and an illustrated timeline identifying the national and international events that shaped the era. The resource also contains tools for browsing the images by subject, facilitating users’ entry into the collection. READ MORE
One of two rare-book rooms in the Smithsonian Libraries’ Special Collections Department, the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History is a brand new facility in the National Museum of Natural History. It allows the Libraries to merge 12 separate rare-book collections in a space convenient to researchers and appropriate for the security and preservation of the books.Opened in 2003, the library is named in honor of Joseph F. Cullman 3rd, formerly of New York City. A long-term supporter of the Smithsonian, he and his wife Joan established two endowments for the natural history rare-book collections before their deaths in 2004: one for the operations of the Cullman Library (such as acquisitions, cataloging, and staff travel and training), and another for book preservation and conservation. READ MORE
When most people think of an aquarium, they think of fish, coral, stingrays and exploring the world’s waterways.  Visitors would rarely think that a library was so close by, especially surrounded by all that water.  Nestled behind the scenes near the dolphin habitat, the library at the John G. Shedd Aquarium provides key services to aquarium personnel.  READ MORE
The Library of Innerpeffray is Scotland’s first free public lending Library, founded by David 3rd Lord Madertie in 1680. Today, Innerpeffray is off the beaten track, but at the time it was very accessible on a direct route between from the market towns of Crieff and Auchterarder, serving all the farms and estates of Strathearn and Strathallan in central Scotland.  READ MORE
Fran worked as a Chicago Public Schools School Psychologist for 11 years (1994-2005), serving as a “citywide” bilingual assessor during the last six of those eleven years, traveling widely among many schools to conduct psychological evaluations of students with Spanish language backgrounds. READ MORE
The Eugenio María de Hostos Community College Library, one of three winners of the 2007 Association of College and Research Libraries' Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, is a visible and critical partner in the college's teaching and learning mission. READ MORE
Located in suburban Minneapolis, the 26 branch Hennepin County (Minnesota) Library System consistently appears on lists of top American libraries, with a use rate of almost double the national average. In addition to providing first-rate traditional library services such as book, DVD, newspaper, magazine, and CD borrowing, they offer services ranging from deposit collections at nursing homes and correctional facilities, to computer classes taught in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong, a Southeast Asian language.  In addition to this, they provide a successful Children’s Readmobile service, bringing books, magazines, and other library materials directly to underserved communities.  READ MORE
The Heart of America Foundation® (HOA), a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., uniquely promotes volunteer service and literacy. The organization inspires acts of service and a love of reading by building community and providing children in need with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, HOA engages volunteers through putting books into the hands of children who need them the most. Through the Books From The Heart® and READesign® programs, HOA revitalizes school libraries and reading spaces in under-resourced communities into vital and vibrant centers of learning that become the heart of a school. Since 1997, HOA has provided children living in poverty with over 2,300,000 library and take-home books. And, the organization has engaged volunteers in more than one million hours of service to communities nationwide. READ MORE
As the economy and holiday season tighten budgets, library customers can reduce their library fees while helping friends and neighbors that struggle to afford food. Marion County Libraries will hold their “Food for Fines” campaign from Nov. 17 to Dec.15 to benefit local food banks during the holiday season. READ MORE
When Harriet Beecher Stowe researched the experience of slavery while writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin, she wrote to Frederick Douglas and asked him to recount his personal memories of life as a slave. Her letter to Douglas and many other manuscripts of special interest to researchers in 19th century history are available for study in the Stowe Center Library.The collection includes more than 12,000 books, 4,000 pamphlets, 180,000 manuscript items, and 12,000 photographs, prints, and other images. It focuses on 19th century women’s history, the Stowe and Beecher families, 19th century African-American history, and Victorian architecture and decorative arts. READ MORE