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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 31, 2012 at 2:43 am Leave a comment

Ginnie Cooper, D.C.’s Chief Librarian,Wins Architecture Award for Work on New Libraries

D.C. Librarian Wins Architecture Award for Work on New Libraries


Ginnie Cooper, D.C.’s chief librarian, has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. According to the institute, Cooper was given the award based on her initiative to renovate and rebuild public libraries across the city:

In July 2006, Cooper joined the District of Columbia Public Library as chief librarian and executive director. She was charged with transforming the public library at a time when its building stock was “in ruins, and scheduled replacements were uninspired,” according to the nomination letter by Jonathan Penndorf, AIA, president of AIA D.C. After 14 library renovations, and with three more projects in the pipeline, Cooper has the local architecture and design press wondering if she’s “the hottest thing in D.C. architecture,” according to Washington City Paper real estate and architecture reporter Lydia DePillis. “In only five years, Cooper forcibly injected not just the libraries, but the entire city, with the biggest shot of popular Modernism it’s ever seen, and likely ever will,” DePillis wrote.

December 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Cumberland County Public Library wins IMLS Medal for Serving Patrons During Economic Downturn

RALEIGH — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Cumberland County Public Library the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for community service. The Cumberland County Public Library is one of 10 libraries being recognized for its numerous programs to serve patrons in an economic downturn. Of those services being recognized, one includes the Job Search Toolkit developed by the State Library of North Carolina in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

“Hundreds of individuals have taken advantage of our monthly classes,” explained Cumberland County Library Director Jody Risacher. “We also found that our one-on-one service, Book A Librarian, meets the needs of individuals who learn better in this environment rather than a classroom.”

The Cumberland County Public Library held job fairs in March and August that attracted approximately 800 patrons each. Risacher says people are being hired after the events in the areas of insurance, project management, hotel support, government services, and more.  The library also is providing information and connections to help citizens start their own businesses.

December 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment



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