Sno-Isle Libraries garners ‘Top Innovator’ award for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries

Sno-Isle Libraries has been recognized by a leading library organization for its inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event, held in November 2015.

Library district executive director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory accepted the Top Innovator award from the Urban Libraries Council on Oct. 6, at the council’s annual forum in Kansas City, Missouri.

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“We launched TEDxSnoIsleLibraries as an opportunity to bring people together, to share ideas and transform our communities in that process,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We’re humbled to receive this award and energized to know that our work is not only meeting the needs of our communities, but seen as valuable by our peers, the best and biggest libraries in North America.”

Woolf-Ivory also noted that the award is timely.

“On Monday (Oct. 10), registration opens for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016, which is scheduled for Nov. 18,” Woolf-Ivory said. “The 2015 event was a powerful day and I’m sure this year’s lineup of speakers and experiences will be just as transformational.”

The Urban Libraries Council serves as a forum for library leadership to produce innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact. Member libraries are based in the United States and Canada, and include the largest systems, such as those in New York and Los Angeles.

“Today’s public libraries are thought leaders, educational institutions and technology centers that play a critical role in building and strengthening the fabric of their communities,” said Susan Benton, Urban Libraries Council president and CEO.

Sno-Isle Libraries was one of 10 libraries honored for their innovative work in specific areas. The Sno-Isle Libraries award is in the “Positioning the Library” category. Other top award winners include:

  • Race and Social Equity – St. Paul (Minnesota) Public Library
  • Civic and Community Engagement – King County (Washington) Library System
  • Health, Safety and Sustainability – San Francisco (California) Public Library
  • Organizational Change and Strategic Management – Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Libraries
  • Learning: Birth through Teens – San Mateo (California) County Libraries
  • Learning: Adults – Queens (New York) Library
  • Collections – Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (Ohio)
  • Customer Experience – Wichita (Kansas) Public Library
  • Workforce and Economic Development – Rochester (New York) Public Library

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