In a unanimous vote, America’s Libraries in the 21st Century, a subcommittee of OITP, recognized the Contra Costa County Library as one of three United States institutions to receive the 2009 Cutting Edge Technology Service award. Cutting edge refers to tested and successful implementations of technological advancements used in library environments.
To meet the criteria for the award, libraries demonstrate that they are introducing a new innovative service that is flexible and reactive to community needs, enhancing a product for added value and providing a service that can be replicated by other libraries. The accomplishments of the honorees will be publicized via the OITP Web site, highlighted through ALA publications and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference in 2010.
The merit award from CSAC is for Contra Costa County Library’s efforts to improve the equity of service to communities on the outskirts of the county and for installing the first fully-automated, 24/7 library service in the country. The CSAC Challenge Awards recognize the innovative and creative spirit of California county governments as they find new and effective ways of providing programs and services to their citizens.
The Contra Costa County Library serves residents countywide with 25 locations, three Library-a-Go-Go book dispensers, and online library services available 24/7 at www.ccclib.org. Last year almost 4 million people visited the Contra Costa County community libraries and checked out more than 6 million items.