The San José State University School of Information has joined Gwinnett County Public Library to co-sponsor the Innovative Librarians Award that recognizes library science graduate students who put forward new ideas that improve libraries and library services.
“We are delighted to partner with Gwinnett County Public Library on this wonderful opportunity for MLIS students and recent graduates to showcase their talents and get recognized for their ingenuity so early in their careers,” said Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the SJSU School of Information. “This award celebrates new thinking and fresh perspectives that will positively impact our communities.”
Established by GCPL, the Innovative Librarians Award is a great way “to discover new and innovative ideas” and give “students and recently graduated librarians an opportunity to make a name for themselves in the greater profession,” said Michael Casey, GCPL director of Customer Experience. “When hiring professional librarians, we're always looking for those who are willing to put forth their innovative ideas and be agents of change.”
Students who are currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate degree in Library Science, or who have graduated with an MLS or MLIS within the past two years, can apply for the award. Five finalists will be selected by public librarians with years of frontline, managerial, and administrative experience. One entrant will be selected from the five finalists to receive a $1,000 cash prize. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2018. For more information about the award and to submit an application, visit innovativelibrarians.com.
About Gwinnett County Public Library
The award-winning Gwinnett County Public Library system was formed in 1996 after the dissolution of the Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library. For more than 20 years, GCPL has provided resources and services that enrich and inspire our community. The Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. In 2016, more than 5 million items were checked out at GCPL, more than any other library system in Georgia. In 2017, GCPL was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. For more information about Gwinnett County Public Library programs and services, visit gwinnettpl.org.
About SJSU School of Information
Based in California's world-renowned Silicon Valley, the San José State University School of Information is a recognized leader in online education and offers entirely online master’s degree and certificate programs. Graduates work worldwide in diverse career environments, such as user experience design, digital asset management, information architecture, electronic records management, information governance, digital preservation, and librarianship.