LJ Announces New Guidelines for 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, Opens for Entries

The Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership between the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal, was created in 2019 to recognize the public library as a vital community asset. When libraries, civic entities, organizations, and the people they serve become close partners, their communities thrive. One winning library will receive $250,000 in unfettered monies from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation, and will be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online.

The Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership between the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal, was created in 2019 to recognize the public library as a vital community asset. When libraries, civic entities, organizations, and the people they serve become close partners, their communities thrive. One winning library will receive $250,000 in unfettered monies from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation, and will be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online.

Winning libraries are identified based on how they impact their communities in the areas of engagement, recognition, inclusion, leadership development, environmental sustainability, and inventiveness. All U.S. public libraries are eligible, whether a single branch in a small town or a multi-branch system serving an entire region or urban area. This year’s guidelines have been fine tuned to dig even deeper into entering library’s work on community and civic engagement; sustainability; and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Sacramento Public Library, which won the Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize in 2019, was celebrated for its deep integration into the communities it serves: “Like many strong library systems across the United States, it is aligning its mission with broader community goals and helping set them: embedding staff in other institutions; collaborating with other civic entities; and co-creating with individual members and subgroups of the service population.” The library, and director Rivkah Sass, will be honored on February 27 at the Public Library Association conference in Nashville.

Does your library demonstrate significance to its community every day? Is it embedded in a range of partnerships and services that make a true difference? Are these resources future-ready? It may be a Community Impact Prize winner!

The full guidelines and nomination information can be found here. The deadline for entry for the 2020 Community Impact Prize is July 15.

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