The Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award is conferred annually to libraries that demonstrate consistent excellence and outstanding contributions to public library services within their communities. Difficult to attain, in 2020 of the 548 public libraries in Texas, only 52 libraries received the award.
To receive the award a library must exhibit excellence in 10 service areas which include:
1. Provide services to under served populations either through outreach, special programs, collaborations with other libraries or organizations, special classes, special collections, etc.
2. Provide enhanced service to the public during the past year either through increase in service or a change in type of services.
3. Provide current marketing materials highlighting basic services and publicity about specific programs the library offers.
4. Provide cultural, topical, and educational programming for adults and families.
5. Provide literacy support for all ages.
6.Conduct a Summer Reading Program; youth, teen and/or adult.
7. Invest in collaborative efforts with community organizations.
8. Support workforce development.
9. Support digital inclusion by providing public internet access, digital literacy training, and offering library services online.
10. Establish professional staff training to include training opportunities for staff at all levels.