2014 National Medal Finalist
March 03, 2014
We all enjoy awards season, and we have had our share of pageantry over the past several weeks. Between the Olympics and the Academy Awards, we have seen quite a few accolades awarded. Although the Olympics have concluded, Mid-Continent Public Library may not be finished with the pageantry of a medal ceremony. Mid-Continent Public Library is one of thirty finalists for The National Medal for Museum and Library Service for 2014.
The National Medal, the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, is celebrating its twentieth year of saluting institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.
This is the first time that our library has been nominated or has been a finalist for the National Medal. Over the two decades that the National Medal has been awarded, three other Missouri institutions have been recognized as winners. Only once has a Missouri library been recognized (Kansas City Public Library in 2008). Like so many first time nominees, I have to say that it is a pretty big honor just to be nominated and to be a finalist.
Established in 1965, Mid-Continent Public Library is the youngest of the metro libraries. I think most of us that use our library appreciate how special it has become. If you’d like to share some of your stories about MCPL with the IMLS or learn more about the National Medal.
We find out later this spring if MCPL will be a medal winner. Today we should celebrate our great library and remember all those that worked so hard over the years to develop our excellent institution. I have to say that it really is very humbling and exciting to know that others outside our community, people that really understand what excellence in library service means, agree with us.
Library Director and CEO