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NH State Library receives Lorenz Award

The New Hampshire State Library is pleased to announce that it has received the John G. Lorenz Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Lorenz Award recognizes state library agencies that promptly meet Institute of Museum and Library Services’ standards for the completeness, quality and timely submission of their state library agency data in a given year. These statistical data are used by chief officers of state library agencies, federal and state policymakers, government and library administrators at all levels, the American Library Association and its members, as well as researchers, the public and journalists.

The award is named for John G. Lorenz, who worked in the library field for 57 years. He was instrumental in creating the Library Statistics Program, which pioneered and developed the use of electronics in recording, editing, communicating and publishing library surveys.

“John G. Lorenz was a visionary in the gathering and use of library statistics, profoundly affecting not only what state libraries do but also how they are used,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian. “The New Hampshire State Library is pleased to be able to carry on this important work. It is an honor to receive this award.”

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