Johnson County Library receives ASCLA Exceptional Service Award

Contact: Eileen Hardy

Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2006

Johnson County Library receives ASCLA Exceptional Service Award

CHICAGO — The Johnson County Library, Outreach Services Department (Kansas), is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Exceptional Service Award.

The ASCLA Exceptional Service Award is a citation to recognize exceptional service to patients and inmates; the homebound; medical, nursing and other professional staff in hospitals; and inmates, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity and significant research. The award is presented by ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

“The Johnson County Library’s Outreach Services Department not only brings library services to a wide array of people who cannot get to the library, it does so on the cutting edge of this type of library service,” said Ruth O’Donnell, ASCLA awards committee chair. “Each target group receives outstanding service that takes advantage of the latest technology and the strength that comes from partnerships with other service providers. It is truly an exceptional outreach service.”

The Outreach Services Department has been reaching out to populations needing unique services for many years both on their own and through partnerships with other organizations. Their focus is community members who cannot come to the library. Over the years an extensive program of services has been developed that includes an array of activities such as services to children in child care, teens and adults in the justice system, persons with disabilities, homebound adults, and seniors in retirement centers or who receive home care.

The award will be presented on June 24, 2006 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the ASCLA Awards Luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.