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The American Library Association (ALA) will recognize four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services at a program at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014. The libraries will also be featured in several publications.

The recognition, which is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods.

Marc Gartler of the Madison Public Library (WI), who chaired the selection subcommittee, says, “We are excited to recognize these four projects, several of which already have proven their potential to be successfully replicated by libraries around the globe.”

-- Cut-Rate Digital Signboards, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ
Somerset County Library System’s creative solution brings together a Raspberry Pi computer, large-screen monitors, WiFi, and Google Docs Presentations to promote programs and resources.

-- “Me Card,” Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton Public Library’s Me Card technology allows customers to work with any integrated library system (ILS) and does not require a shared ILS among participating libraries. More than 1,500 customers accessed the service and registered in the first two months.

--*My #HuntLibrary, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC.
The NCSU Libraries used Instagram’s API to develop an app that captured photos tagged with #HuntLibrary and displayed them online and in the library. The library recorded more than 235,000 page views.

-- *One Button Studio, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA
Penn State University Libraries enabled easy video creation for faculty and students across Penn State campuses. With only a flash drive and the push of a single button, users can activate a video camera, microphone and lights to begin recording.

Additional information about these awards is available here.

11 Apr 2014

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