Quality Library Awards

Did you know the Utah State Library Division has its own awards event? Every year, we host a three-day event for library directors to network, learn, and collaborate. One of the highlights of the Directors Summit is presenting the Quality Library awards. There’s no red carpet or paparazzi, but receiving the Quality Library Award speaks volumes for the recipients.

The Quality Library Award is determined during recertification, where Utah public libraries submit reports and data to indicate their services are in accordance with Utah State Library standards. The Quality Library Award is a secondary application for library directors to indicate the work they and their staff have accomplished rises above and beyond the standards. The Quality Library Award provides an opportunity for the State Library to highlight transformational services that might not be obvious in the standard recertification process. 

Two women smile at the camera. One of them holds a trophy, carefully covering up the name.
Rachel Lenahan, Training Coordinator and Merrily Cannon, Library Development Program Manager unpacking awards to present to the
Quality Libraries at the Directors Summit

Commitment to excellent library service indicates team work. It takes leadership from the director, funding and support from the city or county government, dedication from all library staff, support from the community, training for the staff and board, planning, and careful attention to community needs.

“I’m happy to congratulate all the library staff who worked hard to achieve the Quality Library Designation. So many of those who work in Utah’s libraries are helping behind the scenes, helping families and individuals every day. Their contributions make Utah communities better places to live.”

– Merrily Cannon, Library Development Program Manager at the Utah State Library

This year, sixteen Utah libraries were recognized with the prestigious Quality Library Award by the Utah State Library:

Duchesne County Library System

Morgan County Library

Park City Library

Summit County Library

Delta City Library

American Fork City Library

Highland City Library

Nephi Public Library

Payson City Library

Pleasant Grove Public Library

Santaquin City Library

Spanish Fork Public Library

Springville Public Library

Hyrum Library

Newton Town Library

Tremonton City Library

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the recipient libraries and commend them for their outstanding contributions to the communities they serve.