Sno-Isle Libraries wins Top Innovator award

Oct 12, 2016

Sno-Isle Libraries has been recognized by a leading library organization for its inaugural TEDxSnoIsleLibraries event, held last November.

Library district executive director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory accepted the Top Innovator award from the Urban Libraries Council on Oct. 6, at the council’s annual forum in Kansas City, Miss.

“We launched TEDxSnoIsleLibraries as an opportunity to bring people together, to share ideas and transform our communities in that process,” Woolf-Ivory said. “We’re humbled to receive this award and energized to know that our work is not only meeting the needs of our communities, but seen as valuable by our peers, the best and biggest libraries in North America.”

Woolf-Ivory also noted that the award is timely. Registration for TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2016 opened on Oct. 10. The second idea conference, with the theme “Transformations,” is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

“The 2015 event was a powerful day, and I’m sure this year’s lineup of speakers and experiences will be just as transformational,” he said.

The Urban Libraries Council serves as a forum for library leadership to produce innovative ideas and best practices that ensure community impact. Member libraries are based in the United States and Canada, and include the largest systems, such as those in New York and Los Angeles.

"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 Susan Benton, Urban Libraries Council president and CEO.

Sno-Isle Libraries was one of 10 libraries honored for their innovative work in specific categories. The Sno-Isle Libraries award is in the Positioning the Library category.

The other top award winners by category are:

Race and Social Equity – St. Paul (Minnesota) Library; Civic and Community Engagement – King County (Washington) Library System; Health, Safety and Sustainability – San Francisco (California) Library, Organizational Change and Strategic Management – Montgomery County (Maryland) Libraries; Learning: Birth through Teens – San Mateo (California) County Libraries; Learning: Adults – Queens (New York) Library; Collections – Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (Ohio); Customer Experience – Wichita (Kansas) Library; and Workforce and Economic Development – Rochester (New York) Library.

Tickets to TEDxSnoIsleLibraries are free, but online registration is required at

Registration options will be available for full-day, half-day morning and half-day afternoon at Edmonds Center for the Arts, as well as 16 off-site locations where the event will be live streamed.

The conference will be live streamed at the following 13 Sno-Isle libraries: Camano Island, Coupeville, Darrington, Edmonds, Freeland, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Oak Harbor, Snohomish and Stanwood.

Additional streaming sites will be at the Snohomish Public Utilities District auditorium in Everett, the University of Washington-Bothell and Edmonds Community College. No registration is required for those locations.

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