(Lakewood, Colo. - February 14, 2013) Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) announced today that it has been selected as a 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalist by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The National Medal is the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
"Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Jefferson County Public Library as finalist for the 2013 National Medal,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve."
"We are honored to have been chosen for this recognition," said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. "Unbeknownst to us, we were nominated by Congressman Ed Perlmutter back in August. We followed up with some supporting information, and we are now in the running to receive this very prestigious award.
"Winners will be announced in April, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed," Nissler added. "Win or lose, it’s a significant achievement to have come this far."
Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, and finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. More than 100 public libraries and 100 museums were nominated for the award; JCPL is one of 16 library finalists.
JCPL will be featured on the IMLS Facebook on March 5. Jefferson County residents who have benefitted from library service are invited to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story, please visit facebook.com/USIMLS . To learn more about the 2013 National Medal finalists, visit imls.gov/medals .
About Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is the third largest public library in the state of Colorado. Our mission is to meet the changing needs of our communities by providing information and environments that promote personal growth and community transformation. A JCPL library card is the smartest card in your wallet, giving you access to an online library that operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week, a network of 10 libraries, a Bookmobile, a Traveling Children's Library and offsite computer and Internet classes provided throughout the County, as well as books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, audio and eBooks, and computer and Internet resources. For more information contact your local library or visit jeffcolibrary.org .
About The Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov  and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter .