Richmond Public Library awarded Gale Group Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

Contact: Eileen Hardy


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For Immediate Release


March 5, 2003

Richmond Public Library awarded Gale Group Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

The Richmond (British Columbia) Public Library is the 2003 recipient of The Gale Group Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) annually presents the $3,000 award and a citation donated by The Gale Group to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique library resource to meet patrons' reference needs.

"Richmond Public Library has created a collection of unique online interactive resources aimed at helping adult citizens, prospective citizens and children within their community and beyond to locate specific, practical information or to provide practice to reach specific goals," stated Betty A. Gard, chair of the award committee. "The following three interactive resources help the library meet patrons' needs in pragmatic, relevant ways: 'Canadian Citizen Practice Test;' 'BC (British Columbia) Practice Driving Test;' and 'Speak, Read, Succeed Interactive Checklist.' All three resources are accessible online from home or office at any time, or online at the library."

The award will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony June 23, 2003, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.