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Kent District Library wins award for creative and inventive approach to staffing

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KENT COUNTY, MI ----  Kent District Library is pleased to be one of 20 public libraries recognized by Urban Libraries Council (ULC) as Top Innovators for programs, services and operating practices that have made a significant impact on those they serve and their communities. KDL received an honorable mention in the "Cultural Management through Efficient Staffing" category for the use of sub-pools to fill staffing needs.

“The award recognizes our efforts at streamlining our staffing process, while also promoting a positive organizational culture,” said Brian Mortimore, Director of Human Resources at Kent District Library. “Other libraries throughout Michigan have adopted our procedures, which were developed with the help of our managers in 2006, and now the Urban Libraries Council has put us in the national spotlight. We’re very proud and happy to help others who might be interested to learn more.”

The 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions were presented during a special Innovations Celebration on October 6. The event was part of ULC's 2016 Annual Forum. Award winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges who considered nearly 270 submissions in 10 categories that supported U.S. and Canadian public library programs focused on education, digital inclusion, healthy communities and library operations.

"The breadth of the 2016 innovations is remarkable, confirming that creativity and inventive approaches continue to thrive in public libraries," said Susan Benton, Urban Libraries Council (ULC) President and CEO. "ULC is proud to highlight programs that provide lifelong learning opportunities, meet the unique needs of diverse audiences, leverage technology to connect people with each other and vital resources and address community issues. These are the initiatives of the 21st century public library."

Since 2010, the ULC has been collecting, sharing and promoting public library programs through its Innovations Initiative. To date, the ULC website features more than 1,200 leading practices that reflect library missions, strategies, achievements and community contributions through the initiative.
To view the 2016 ULC Innovations submissions in detail, please visit UrbanLibraries.org.

About Urban Libraries Council
Urban Libraries Council (ULC), founded in 1971, is the voice for public libraries and the force that inspires them to evolve. ULC creates the tools, techniques and ideas to make ongoing improvements and upgrades in services and technology. ULC also speaks loudly and clearly about the value public libraries bring to communities, and secures funding for research that results in the development of new programs and services. And by serving as a forum for library leadership, ULC produces innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact.

Kent District Library is a public library system operating 18 branch libraries. KDL serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County, Michigan. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations.
 

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