Sam Davies, based at North City Library in Harpurhey, has secured his place among the top ten new librarians in the country.
Love Libraries - a campaign to make public libraries even better and more popular - launched a competition in June this year aimed at finding and celebrating ten librarians who are transforming the service with their creativity, commitment and enthusiasm.
Sam, 20 has been ranked as the youngest member in their top ten for his work rocking the library by staging a live gig for five bands and hosting an open mic session.
Sam, from Moston, who has been working as a library information officer for nine months and previously as a library assistant, said: "I have become very passionate about libraries, ensuring as many people as possible take up the service. I like to challenge the perceptions of what the service can offer and open the appeal to more people."
To this end Sam has worked on Break In the City project where we staged a gig putting on five live bands to an audience at the North City Library, which was part of In the City music convention in Manchester.
"When you work in a modern environment, with so much to offer it's easier to implement positive change," said Sam.
The competition was judged by last year's winning 'Top Ten Young Librarians of the Future' who were looking for entries that challenged outdated images of librarianship as a stamping books and tidying shelves career, and negative views of librarians as quiet and boring.
Councillor Mike Kane Executive Member for Arts and Leisure, said: "I am really pleased for Sam. It's always good to have your work recognised and he has done really well to make this top ten. He is passionate about the community and I think that really comes through in his projects."
John Dolan, Head of Library Policy, Museums, Libraries and Archives said: "The top ten are making library work exciting with their innovative ideas and huge commitment. Libraries play an important role in enhancing people's lives and the outstanding entries we received is testament to the work librarians are doing to improve services in response to community needs."
North City Library, shared with MANCAT's North Manchester Sixth Form College, has won national recognition including an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects who labelled it 'inspiring'.
Margaret Blackburn, tel: 0161 234 401