Merton Library and Heritage Service was “Highly Commended” at a Gala Awards ceremony in London on 21st November. The annual event, which celebrates excellence across the library and information world, is organised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
One of the awards given was the Diversity Award, which recognises the promotion of diversity through library and information services. Merton was highly commended in the ‘Organisational Change’ category, for its work on the Quality Leaders Project.
The project is run in conjunction with London Metropolitan University. Through it, staff have gained new skills that enable them to deliver innovative services to library users. Particular focus is given to developing services to groups whose needs have not previously been fully met. For example, the project has previously focused on developing services to black and ethnic minority groups. More recently, the focus has been on developing library services to young people.
Councillor Su Assinen, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Cultural Services, said:
“I am delighted that this work has been recognised through the award. This is an example of how Merton’s libraries are leading the way nationally.”