ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open-Source library technology support, announced today that several Florida Partners were awarded 2022 Florida Library Association Awards. Congratulations to the following Libraries and Library Staff who have been recognized:
Library of the Year: Boynton Beach City Library
At the Boynton Beach City Library, service to their community is not restricted by location, language, or income level. They strive to meet their patrons where they are needed most; whether that meant working out of a temporary site while their new building was being constructed, providing virtual programming during the pandemic, or creating free resources to kickstart local entrepreneurs. They took a year of inevitable change and transformed it into a challenge to be the library their community needs. A brand-new library was opened with modern technologies, a Creative Edge Studio makerspace, increased support of small businesses and entrepreneurs, revamped marketing, and they opened a Friends Bookstore.
Leader of the Year: Eric Head, Citrus County Libraries
Eric Head is a superb and passionate leader who for the past 26 years has and continues to give his heart and time to FLA, libraries and the community. His passion for intellectual freedom and free access are what he advocates for on a daily basis. His involvement in early literacy in the community is commendable and is to be emulated. He encourages his staff to invest in themselves and the Florida Library Association by getting involved in committees and the library community. He is a true leader who always does what is right for the greater and not for himself.
Friends Website Award: Friends of the Citrus County Library System
In January of 2021, the Citrus Libraries Web Development team partnered with the Friends and began the research phase of what a rebranding and website update would look like. Through their efforts, an updated logo, additional secondary logo, and a set of brand guidelines were developed. With much input and encouragement from the Friends, the team then embarked on the updating process of the website, taking the current website down for about three weeks, to rebuild it in-house, from the ground up. The team worked closely together with the Friends to bring a professional and engaging format to the new website giving the Friends of the Citrus County Library System (FOCCLS) a platform to share their mission with all of Citrus County.
About Florida Library Association
The Florida Library Association is a statewide organization that promotes excellence in Florida libraries by advocating strongly for libraries and providing high quality professional and leadership development for a diverse community of library staff, volunteers, and supporters.
Read more at https://www.flalib.org/.
About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.
Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.