National Medals program recognizes outstanding libraries and museums
of all types and sizes that deeply impact their communities by:
- fostering a lifelong
passion for learning for all people, nourishing curiosity and
imagination from early childhood through adulthood, for people of all
abilities and needs;
- providing access to
information through advancing digital capacity, focusing on digital
inclusion and access to digital and informational resources,
including e-books and materials to help address workforce development
and public health;
- transforming the lives of
community members by being trusted community spaces for convening,
connection, and conversation; enlightenment and shared thoughts and
opinions; and preserving natural and cultural heritage and community
- continuing to engage their
communities during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic and
enhanced focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, through providing
information, programming, and services virtually, or taking
innovative and imaginative steps toward continuing services and
reopening their physical spaces.
respond to the following four sets of prompts from the point of view
of the nominated organization in 1800 to 2500 words (the equivalent
of about four pages).
Community and Community Needs
your community, including its demographics.
the community’s major needs and how you identified them.
what ways does your staff work with the community?
Academic and research libraries may interpret “community” as your
campus community and/or local community.
Programs and Services
to the community and its major needs you identified in Section C.1,
describe the specific programs and services that have been developed
to address one or more of those needs.
a brief description of your full portfolio of programs and services
as context for those described above.
have you constructed community partnerships to increase your ability
to connect with targeted population groups within your community?
how you serve community members of all abilities.
Organizations identified as Digital Libraries should address:
to your community including services to other organizations and
services to end users;
an understanding of audiences, either current or potential, has
driven the approach to providing access to your organization's
programs and resources;
and preservation plans for the digital library; and
for people with disabilities, including persons with print
the impact of your organization’s programs and services on the
identified community needs. Be specific, using qualitative,
quantitative, or both types of descriptors as appropriate.
does your organization track the cumulative impact of its programs
and services through time?
has your organization used these data to inform continuing and/or
new programs and services?
your organization’s three primary sources of revenue.
how your organization financially supports the programs and services
discussed above. Does your organization have a sustainable funding
model that will continue to enable these programs and services?
any private or non-profit groups that support your organization’s
mission and activities and describe the extent of their support.