DPL Receives Awards from Colorado Association of Libraries

Green Valley Ranch Branch named Colorado Library of the Year and the Central Library Renovation named Colorado Project of the Year!

On October 14, 2011 the Denver Public Library accepted two top awards from the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) at the statewide association’s annual conference.

Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, which opened in March 2011, was honored for being among the best in the state, and will be named CAL’s "Library of the Year," which honors exceptional accomplishments by a Colorado academic, special, public, or school library during the past year. The Green Valley Ranch Branch Library is the first new branch library constructed by the City and County of Denver in nearly ten years. These improvements are part of the Better Denver Bond infrastructure package approved by voters in November 2007.

The new branch is family-friendly and truly serves the unique needs of its community. Community support and use of the Branch in the first seven months since opening in March 2011 has been extraordinary. During that time period, 4,231 new library cards were issued, 391,395 items were checked out, 9,142 children and adults attended programs and 2,775 children and teens participated in the Summer Reading Program. The Green Valley Ranch community was highly involved even during the conception stage.

The Central Library Renovation Project Team of the Denver Public Library was also honored by CAL for being among the best in the state, and was named "Project of the Year," which recognizes a creative and innovative project which furthers library service within the state of Colorado. The focus of Central renovation project, also referred to as “CR3” (Central Library Redesigned, Renewed, Reaffirmed), was to transform services and the physical facility to serve customers’ 21st Century library needs. The CR3 Team is composed of Susan Kotarba, Director or Public Services; Michael Murphy, Facilities Manager; Kateri Abeyta, Network Services Manager; Michelle Jeske, Director of Access & Technology; Jennifer Hoffman, Manager of Books & Borrowing; and Elaine Langeberg, Library Administration.

The CR3 project improved customers’ ability to connect with library staff, technology, and collections including the addition of automated handling systems and new self-check units. The new Community Technology Center on Level Four features a large training room and over 100 Internet PCs with access to Office Suite and technical assistance from staff and volunteers. The project involved the rearrangement of many Central Library collections, on 4 different floors, and it took eight months to move two million government documents and over 520,000 circulating materials into their new locations.

Please visit the Denver Public Library's Better Denver Bond pages for more information on these and other projects.

Written by james on October 14, 2011

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