Library Journal and Gale are pleased to announce the inaugural Libraries Defying the Odds award, created to help address the needs of public libraries in a continuously changing landscape.
As libraries confront obstacles that range from natural disasters to inadequate infrastructure to intellectual freedom challenges, many have used creative problem-solving, activated community support, forged strong partnerships, and otherwise found new ways to overcome these barriers and meet the needs of the people they serve. The 2023 Libraries Defying the Odds award will provide $10,000 to a U.S. public library that is stepping up for its community and staff in the face of adversity—and to celebrate library workers providing services, programming, and collections for those who need them most. The award will be based on need and the nature of the work done.
One winning library will receive $10,000 in grant money from Library Journal and Gale and will be profiled in the July issue of Library Journal and online. Honorable mentions may also be named and briefly profiled in the same issue.
Don’t wait! Tell us about your nominee now! Deadline to submit: May 13, 2023