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2019 Innovative Librarians Award

The Gwinnett County Public Library’s Innovative Librarians Award, which is co-sponsored by the School of Information at San José State University, is open to all students who are currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate degree in Library Science, or who have graduated with an MLS/MLIS within the past two years.

The Innovative Librarians Award recognizes those library science graduate students who put forward new ideas that improve libraries and library services. Whether large or small, these ideas have the ability to change the way people experience libraries. Nominations are judged by public librarians with years of frontline, managerial, and administrative experience.

Five finalists are selected from all properly submitted applications. Those five finalists have their proposals published on this website and may be selected to be interviewed via podcast or webconference.

One entrant is selected from the five finalists to receive a $1,000 cash prize.

CLICK HERE for GCPL Innovative Award Winner Press Release.

Gwinnett County Public Library and the San José State University School of Information have selected Stephanie Ann Rawlins, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis from a group of five finalists as the winner of the 2019 Innovative Librarians Award. The award recognizes library science graduate students who put forward new ideas that improve libraries and library services.

Rawlins, Library Director at Pike County Library in Indiana, will receive a $1,000 cash prize for her work on implementing Virtual Healthcare at local libraries. Virtual healthcare has the potential to create better health care awareness, minimize hospital admissions, and better monitor long-term and post-hospital patient care all while being held in a local library branch.

Nominations were blind-judged by public librarians and library and information science educators with years of frontline, managerial and administrative experience.

“We’re thrilled to offer this opportunity to library science students,” says Michael Casey, GCPL Director of Customer Experience. “This year’s innovations were amazing and we’re so happy that we can share them with libraries around the world.”

“The premise of this award was to celebrate our innovative librarians and recognize their ingenious ideas,” says Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the SJSU School of Information. “They may be early in their careers, but they are already reshaping public libraries! I couldn’t be more pleased with the response to the call for submissions and the creative thinking happening in our field.”