For the fourth consecutive year, Shaker Library has been designated as a five-star library by Library Journal.
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In 2011, Shaker Library received a $3,500 grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, National Archives and Records Administration. Funds will be used for a collaborative project between the Library and the City to preserve and digitize the City`s Building Index Cards. This project will be overseen by Local History librarian and archivist, Meghan Hays.
Shaker Library received two Best of Show awards and one Honorable Mention from the American Library Association for its PR material. View the list of categories and winning libraries.
Shaker Library has received a $37,653 LSTA grant from the State Library of Ohio to establish a Community Entrepreneurial Office (CEO). Under the grant, home-based business operators wil have a neutral space, away from home, where they can meet clients and conduct business. The equipment funded by the grant will allow the library to help customers with printing services and volume copying. The grant project will be overseen by Margaret Simon.
Adult Services librarian Ed Rossman received the 2010 Public Librarian Support Award, a conference travel award administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for public librarians who provide business reference services. He was honored in Washington, D.C. in June 2010.
Library Journal’s new national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2009, identified Shaker Heights Public Library as a 5-star library. The Index rated 7,115 public libraries according to four output measures that indicate public service—circulation, library visits, program attendance and public Internet use on a per capita basis. Rankings were based on 2006 data collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Top libraries in each category were organized by ranges of operating budgets and assigned three, four or five stars.
The library attributes its commitment to community as one of its greatest hallmarks. The library is community based and community responsive, and this attribute is its most effective technique for building loyalty as evidenced by high voter approval ratings and library circulation that is well over one million. Shaker Heights residents love and use their library! A dedicated Board of Trustees, an enterprising Friends of the Library, an excellent staff, community partnerships and a willingness to work and play well with others are other hallmarks for the library’s success.
Shaker Library Receives Picturing America Award
Shaker Library has been selected to receive a Picturing America Award. An exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Picturing America brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide.