The Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award is conferred annually to libraries that demonstrate consistent excellence and outstanding contributions to public library services within their communities. In 2022, of the 542 public library systems in Texas, 73 libraries earned this year’s award.

To receive the award a library must submit any application that shows they exhibit excellence in 10 service areas which include:

  1. Services to underserved populations either through outreach, special programs, collaborations with other libraries or organizations, special classes, special collections, etc.
  2. Innovative and effective marketing materials highlighting basic services and publicity about specific programs the library offers
  3. Collaborative efforts with community organizations
  4. Enhanced service to the public during the past year either through increase in service or a change in type of services
  5. Literacy support for all ages (including summer reading programs)
  6. Support for digital inclusion through public internet access, digital literacy training, and online library services
  7. Support for workforce development
  8. Cultural, topical, and educational programming for adults and families
  9. Professional staff training to include training opportunities for staff at all levels
  10. Any other initiatives that speak to library excellence

About TMLDA:

The Texas Municipal Library Director’s Association (TMLDA) is an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League. The League has over 1,100 member cities. TMLDA has recognized outstanding contributions to library service through the Achievement in Library Excellence award. Dedicated to meeting the public library challenges in the 21st century, TMLDA works to raise awareness about municipal public libraries and public library issues, support and advocate for improve methods of public library service, and maintain high standards of professional ethics.