Awarded by the National Association of Counties
Beginning in August 2011 Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) began a staff study abroad program which required all public service staff to work at another library within the system for a total of at least 24 hours or three days each year. This supported the new Area/Branch Library model for staffing that the library had adopted to help solve staff coverage challenges. HCPL consists of four Area Libraries, five Branch Libraries, a Municipal & Law Library, and a Mobile Library Service. These libraries are arranged into "clusters" so that an Area Library works in coordination with two or three of the closest branch libraries to coordinate staff coverage and programming.