HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 6, 2006 - SirsiDynix, the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries, announced today that the Building Better Communities Awards committee has narrowed a list of approximately 130 nominated libraries down to 15 finalists seeking recognition for innovative uses of new technology to improve their user communities.
The committee, consisting of independent library leaders from throughout Canada and the United States, will select five North American libraries to receive US$10,000 each for their creativity and accomplishments. Through the Building Better Communities Awards, SirsiDynix seeks to recognize library organizations that create better places to live, work and learn, while encouraging libraries everywhere to follow the examples of these outstanding institutions.
Award recipients will be announced at the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2006, in the Oak Alley Room of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras St.
The finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library, Atlanta; Calgary Public Library, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Delaware County Community College Library, Media, Pa.; Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Hancock County Library System, Bay St. Louis, Miss.; INFOhio, Columbus, Ohio; Kenton County Public Library, Covington, Ky.; Lansing (Ill.) Public Library; Memphis (Tenn.) Public Library & Information Center; North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, N.C.; New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, N.M.; Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, N.C.; Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, Va.; Vick Knight Community Library, Elsinore, Calif.; Wichita (Kan.) Public Library.
"It's been delightful to have a chance to review the nominations and to see the myriad ways in which libraries of all kinds - public, academic, state and special, large and small, rural and urban - are making extraordinary contributions to their communities," said Clifford A. Lynch, executive director of the Coalition of Networked Information and an adviser to the awards panel. "I really welcome the Building Better Communities Awards as a way of both showcasing and honoring these contributions."
To learn more about the Building Better Communities finalists and the work in their communities, visit www.sirsidynix.com/awards.
SirsiDynix is the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries - vital institutions whose primary mission is to make sense of the vast world of information for people and communities. This is an exciting role as libraries assist people in discovering and using knowledge, resources an d other valuable content for their educations, jobs and entertainment. In concert with key industry partners, SirsiDynix supports this strategic role for libraries by offering a comprehensive integrated suite of technology solutions for improving the internal productivity of libraries and enhancing their capabilities for meeting the needs of people and communities. SirsiDynix has approximately 4,000 library and consortia clients, serving more than 300 million people through more than 20,000 library outlets in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please see www.sirsidynix.com.