Pierce County Library System has been recognized by Urban Libraries Council with an Innovative Initiatives Award, citing the Library System as “an innovative leader in building communities.”

At ULC’s Annual Forum Oct. 11, in St. Paul, Minn., the national organization awarded Pierce County Library with honorable mention as a “top-performing 21st century library” for being a community leader and pioneer for positive change. Judges selected Pierce County Library from a pool of more than 250 submissions.

 “It is an incredible honor to be recognized by a national organization and to be in the company of some of the best libraries throughout the nation,” said the Library System’s Executive Director Georgia Lomax. “We are proud of the progressive and innovative work we are doing, and getting recognized as standing out among libraries across the country is a fabulous acknowledgment of our team.”

Pierce County Library’s “innovation” was the establishment of competencies which require all leaders in the organization to exhibit skills and behaviors such as building trustworthy relationships and communicating effectively to achieving results and facilitating change and innovation with staff and library services. To that end, a leadership academy was established to train the library’s staff.

“Now, more than ever, libraries must act as leaders in their community to provide resources that many have taken for granted,” said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. “During times of economic and social difficulties, these libraries have stepped up to the challenge of inspiring change while helping their communities thrive.”