Kershaw County Library Director Receives Tennessee Alumni Award
Kershaw County, SC - Kershaw County Library Director Amber Conger received the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences Innovator's Award, one of two distinguished alumni awards given annually by the School. Conger was presented the award and invited to speak at the May 12 commencement ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Innovator's Award honors an alumnus or alumna who graduated at least two years earlier. The recipient demonstrates innovation in the field of library and information sciences through cutting edge activities, forward thinking, leading trends, or reinvesting a traditional service.
Over the past two years as director of Kershaw County Library, Conger has prioritized removing barriers to library services in Kershaw County, where many families cannot access the internet at home except through their cell phones, and where distance from library locations hinders physical usage. She overhauled the library's website to improve accessibility for mobile users, and removed fines from all children's materials. For her library, she has expanded the digital collections to include new services such as Flipster and Hoopla, apps which allow library patrons to borrow magazines, music, audiobooks, comic books, movies, TV shows, and e-books from the library via their mobile devices. As 2017 President of the South Carolina Library Association, Conger has led state and federal legislative dialog on topics important to public libraries such as copyright laws, net neutrality, and federal funding. Conger is a 2010 master's graduate of the University of Tennessee.