Fort Collins: July 8, 2013 -- The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced Poudre River Public Library District as one of its 2013 Top Innovators during the ULC Annual Forum, June 27-28, in Chicago. A panel of expert judges selected the Library's entry on its leadership in response to the 2012 High Park Fire from more than 140 applications in the fourth annual ULC Innovations Initiative.
ULC's Innovations Initiative highlights members' programs, services and operating practices that demonstrate their ability to keep pace with change and expand opportunity for people of all ages. Poudre River Public Library District's Libraries as First Responders won in the new category honoring libraries for leadership in helping their communities respond to crisis.
The Poudre River Public Library District worked hand-in-hand with first responder agencies during the High Park Fire by providing up-to-date and reliable information throughout the crisis and establishing a presence at the evacuation center including a laptop lab and story times, books and programs for children of displaced families.
"The Library District is honored to be recognized for its services in response to the High Park Fire. Without delay, library employees and volunteers stepped up to assist our community in a time of crisis," commented Holly Carroll, Executive Director, who received the award for the Library District at a breakfast ceremony on June 28.
In announcing the 2013 Top Innovators, ULC President and CEO Susan Benton said these libraries and every library that submitted programs for the Innovations Awards this year demonstrate the amazing work that takes place in libraries every day. Other libraries receiving the prestigious Top Innovator award include Howard County Library system (MD), Los Angeles Public Library (CA), Nashville Public Library (TN), Calgary Public Library (AB), Saint Paul Public Library (MN), Pima County Public Library (AZ), New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries (NY), San Francisco Public Library (CA) Sacramento Public Library (CA), Johnson County Library (KS) and Queens Library (NY).
As a membership organization made up of America's premier public library systems and the organizations that serve them, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has spent more than 40 years enriching urban communities by strengthening their public libraries. While ULC members primarily represent urban and suburban libraries, lessons from their work are widely used by all libraries. ULC serves as a forum for thought leaders sharing best and next practices resulting from targeted research, education, and emerging trends. Its programs are recognized for creating new frameworks that invigorate public libraries and their communities.