Scottsdale Public Library receives national innovation distinction


The Civic Center Library is located 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. (file photo)

The Urban Libraries Council recently announced city of Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library as one of “10 Top Innovators” during the 2016 ULC Annual Forum Awards Ceremony on Oct. 6 in Kansas City.

A panel of expert judges selected Scottsdale’s Public Library Eureka Loft from nearly 300 submissions in 10 categories that demonstrate the value and impact of public library service.

The library won the award  in the category of the Workforce and Economic Development, according to a press release.

“Today’s public libraries are thought leaders, educational institutions and technology centers that play a critical role in building and strengthening the fabric of their communities,” said Urban Libraries Council President and CEO Susan Benton, in the release. “I commend Scottsdale Public Library for illustrating a sustained commitment to creativity and innovation that truly transforms their community.”

The Eureka Loft Scottsdale is a free collaborative work/learn environment in Civic Center Library where job hunters and entrepreneurs can get information, go to classes and design their own digital media marketing materials.

Katie O’Connor, coordinator of adult services at the library credits the staff and patrons of the Eureka Loft for making it “a dynamic and innovative space for those who wish to share their expertise, whether it is simply reviewing a job resume or building new entrepreneurial companies,” the release stated.

The Eureka Loft was formed as a partnership with the library, city of Scottsdale’s Economic Development Department and Arizona State University in 2013.  Over 7,000 people have participated in activities at the Eureka Loft.

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