ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

About the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award
An award to honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

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2021 Winner(s)

Plano Public Library

Plano ,TX

Plano Public Library (PPL) was selected for its innovative use of technology to provide one-on-one tech training to seniors, Brain Injury Network of Dallas club members, and ESL students. PPL serves a diverse community of 285,000 through five libraries and proactive outreach, which takes staff into the community, raising awareness of the many free library resources. PPL embraces its role in helping to bridge the digital divide in their community. PPL took tech training to underserved adults through outreach classes utilizing library devices, library staff and corporate volunteers. Library staff provided innovative training serving partners including the Chase Oaks Family Center, the Brain Injury Network of Dallas (BIND), and local senior living facilities.