Press coverage

Library of the Year Winner Credits Community
The Gale Report
August 2007

"Meribah Mansfield never considered herself a celebrity. And even though the Director of Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio, is often stopped on the street and congratulated, she credits her libraries' recent winning of the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award not to her, but to her staff's commitment to the community they serve..."

Worthington named top library in country
June 21, 2007
by Candy Brooks

"The Worthington library system is the best in the country. That declaration became official last Friday when the local library system was named 2007 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Thompson Gale Publishing. Libraries director Meribah Mansfield announced the honor to an overflow crowd of Worthington leaders gathered at the Old Worthington Library last Friday morning..."

Worthington libraries revel in national spotlight
System named Library of the Year 2007
Worthington News
June 20, 2007
by Meredith Somers

"The best thing that can happen to a library is being used." It's a confident statement from Worthington Libraries Director Meribah Mansfield, but the library system's recent news may give that assertion a run for its money. On Friday morning, a special meeting of press, city officials, residents, library administration and staff was held to announce that Worthington Libraries had won Library of the Year 2007, a national award given by Library Journal and Thomson Gale Publishing..."

Worthington Libraries best all others across the U.S.
"Oscars of the Library World"
The Columbus Dispatch
June 16, 2007
by Lisa Halverstadt

"Worthington Libraries have been named the best in the nation. They have received the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year award for 2007. The honor, announced yesterday, is given to one library system each year and is based on four criteria: service to the community, creative programming, increase in library use and leadership..."

Worthington Libraries, OH (PDF; 2MB)
Library Journal
June 15, 2007
by John N. Berry III

Cover of Library Journal (June 15, 2007)"Worthington, OH, has deep library roots. A library has been part of its history since the planning by settlers before the city's birth in 1803. Among the treasures brought by James Kilbourne and the Scioto Company from Connecticut to the new, planned community they built was a collection of books for their new subscription library. The books were purchased with funds from a $2 fee the planners levied on each member of the founding company. Over two centuries later, the habit continues..."

Worthington Libraries (OH) named the 2007 Library of the Year
Gale and Library Journal Honor Library at ALA National Conference
Thomson Gale Press Room
June 11, 2007

"Any library that's been around since the early 1800s deserves an award for longevity, but there are plenty of other reasons why Worthington PL, OH, has been named 2007 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale..."