DATE: April 23, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Broward County Library received the 2012 “Best Public Library Website” award from the Florida Library Association (FLA) on Friday, April 20 at the Florida Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida. The FLA awards recognize libraries and individuals providing outstanding service to their local communities and at the statewide level.
Broward County Library was recognized for the Broward County Library website, www.broward.org/library. A bright innovative redesign of the website in fall 2011 rebranded the site as “BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls.” The new design provides easier access to enhanced online and electronic resources. Additionally, an innovative marketing campaign promoted the redesign and also launched the library’s mobile app, also called BCL WoW.
In addition to online resources such as academic journals, the library catalog, live reference help and library news, the revamped site allows customers to easily access all of the library’s online and virtual resources simply and quickly by visiting the BCL WoW page. From one online location, users can download free music and books, access their library account and the library catalog, download the library’s free mobile app, get language instruction, job coaching or free live tutoring, find library events, ask reference questions, provide feedback and comments, connect to social media such as Facebook and Twitter, find volunteer opportunities, view the library’s digital collections and more. BCL WoW provides a fun, interactive virtual library experience for library customers.
The Florida Library Association is a chapter of the American Library Association. Its members include academic, public, school and special libraries as well as individuals who work in and advocate for Florida’s libraries. As a non-profit organization of libraries, library staff and library supporters, the Florida Library Association advocates for all types of library service in Florida; works with other professional organizations relevant to library and information service; provides opportunities for library employees to advance their knowledge and skills; and facilitates productive links within the library community.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.