LAWRENCEVILLE,? ?GA,? ?October? ?10,? ?2017? ?—? G?winnett County Public Library and the San José State
University School of Information will co-sponsor the Innovative Librarians Award to recognize library
science graduate students who put forward new ideas that improve libraries and library services.
Nominations will be judged by public librarians with years of frontline, managerial, and administrative

“When hiring professional librarians, we’re always looking for those who are willing to put forth their
innovative ideas and be agents of change,” says Michael Casey, GCPL Director of Customer
Experience. “What better way to discover new and innovative ideas while at the same time giving
students and recently graduated librarians an opportunity to make a name for themselves in the greater

“We are delighted to partner with Gwinnett County Public Library on this wonderful opportunity for MLIS
students and recent graduates to showcase their talents and get recognized for their ingenuity so early
in their careers,” says Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at the SJSU School of Information. “This
award celebrates new thinking and fresh perspectives that will positively impact our communities.”
The award is open to all students who are currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate degree in Library
Science, or who have graduated with an MLS or MLIS within the past two years.

Five finalists will be selected from all properly submitted applications. One entrant will be selected from
the five finalists to receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Applications will be accepted through 1/31/18. For more information, visit