The Gale Group Financial Development award recipient named

Contact: Cheryl Malden


ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

May 2001

The Gale Group Financial Development award recipient named

The Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, N.Y., is the 2001 recipient of the Gale Group Financial Development Award presented by the American Library Association (ALA).

The award, $2,500 and a citation donated by the Gale Group, is presented to a library organization that exhibited meritorious achievement in carrying out a financial development project to secure new funding resources for a public or academic library.

The Tompkins County Public Library had a fundraising goal of $1 million in order to provide revenue to purchase print, digital and media resources, additional technology and furniture for extensive programming in their new facility. The campaign began in July 1999, and closed in November 2000, raising $1.7 million. The campaign's success was a result of committed volunteers, professional consultants, a supportive and involved media and a community that values libraries.

"Tompkins County's 'Campaign for the new library' serves as a model for similar fundraising endeavors," Award Chair Carol Anderson said. "Their successful campaign was well-planned and garnered extensive and broad-based community support."

The Gale Award will be presented Tuesday, June 19, at the ALA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.