Thursday, May 5th, 2016
NJ Librarians Bestow Prestigious Award to Freeholders
The Morris County Board of Freeholders will be honored with the 2016 New Jersey Library Association’s (NJLA) Library Champion Award in Atlantic City on May 17th at the annual NJLA Conference awards ceremony.
The Champion Award is given annually in recognition of an exceptional contribution to a New Jersey library, group of libraries, or to a New Jersey Library community.
The Morris County Freeholders were cited to have “stepped up to the plate and helped to supply the logistics and finances needed” to ensure a smooth organizational restructuring by the Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN), the cost‐sharing cooperative to which all of Morris County’s public libraries are members.
Jayne Beline, Parsippany Public Library Director and MAIN’s President, stated: “This award is given annually to
those who make a positive impact on library service in New Jersey.
“I cannot think of a more deserving group of individuals, since the freeholders listened to the ideas of the MAIN directors and gave us the resources needed to create a new entity to better serve our residents. I speak for the MAIN libraries and their boards, when I say that we are thrilled that the freeholders will be awarded this statewide recognition.”
“We are honored to receive this award but we must give all credit for the operation of our fine county library to the people who work there and have long provided our county with a first class library,” said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
Established in 1890, the NJLA is the oldest and largest library organization in New Jersey.
It advocates for the advancement of library services for residents of New Jersey, supports the principles of intellectual freedom, and promotes access to library materials for all.
MAIN was originally created in 1980 to help oversee the initial automation of the county’s library systems. Over time, it has evolved into a full‐fledged public library consortium which offers its members cost‐sharing opportunities, technical support, and an organizational structure conducive to collaboration and efficient management of tax dollars.