April 18, 2008

WINNERS OF THE 2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PHOTO CONTEST

DAY IN THE LIFE OF SOUTH CAROLINA LIBRARIES

The South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual National Library Week Day in the Life of South Carolina Libraries photo contest. During the days of April 14-16, South Carolina library staff members submitted a wide range of photographs of librarians working, teaching patrons, library events, and in some cases, just having fun doing what they love. Library staff members from all types of libraries were encouraged to submit photos that captured the essence of South Carolina libraries and librarianship. Winners will also be recognized on the South Carolina State Library’s web site and during the 2008 SCLA Annual Conference in the fall in Greenville. Judging criteria was based on composition, quality, subject, lighting, creativity, and the ability to capture of the spirit of South Carolina libraries. A total of four photos were selected winners. Main categories were Best Overall, Librarians as Teachers and Trainers, Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology, and Most Humorous. Five honorable mentions were also selected. The State Library thanks everyone who participated in the contest.

Press release with photos (PDF).

Best overall
“Quiet reading time”
Lee County Public Library
Submitted by Elizabeth Snyder-Powell
Patron Leslie reads to her son Sam in the reading area.

Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
“Office Consultation”
Clemson University
Submitted by Micki Reid
Librarian Chris Colthorpe consults with a student doing packaging science research at Clemson University's Cooper Library.

Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology
“1431 @ RCPL”
Richland County Public Library
Submitted by Laura Bliss
RCPL is focused on bringing the library directly to users by adding a number of technologically advanced services including Playaway audio books.

Most Humorous
“Found Art”
St. Andrews Branch of the Charleston County Public Library
Submitted by Kathryn Sanders
Ms. C discovers patron-enhanced library materials. The fact that the shoes and shirt match makes it extra special.

Honorable Mention: “The Three Little Kids”
Submitted by Cynthia Bledsoe
Charleston County Public Library

Honorable Mention: “Tuesday board games night”
Submitted by Steven Schwengel
Charleston County Public Library

Honorable Mention: “Three wise monkeys”
Submitted by Cynthia Bledsoe
Charleston County Public Library
Otranto Branch Library

Honorable Mention: “Scary shushers”
Submitted by Ruth Riley
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library

Honorable Mention: “Quality study time”
Lee County Public Library
Submitted by Brenda Brisbon

Photos are available at the NLW Day in the Life of SC Libraries Flickr group located at http://www.flickr.com/groups/nlwdayinsc2008/.

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