ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award

About the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award
An award to honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

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2013 Winner(s)

Community Collaboration for Enhanced Technology Services Princeton Public Library

At the Princeton Public Library

The Community Collaboration for Enhanced Technology Services project was submitted by Erica Bess, team leader for adult services on behalf of her colleagues at Princeton Public Library.  The goal of the project was for Princeton Public Library to be known as the place in town to visit for receiving excellent technology assistance and discovering technological innovations; a goal easier said than done in a region known as both a technological and intellectual hub. The Princeton team noted that “by leveraging the community’s talent and providing an opportunity for unique groups to form professional relationships in a welcoming, accessible, and inspiring environment, Princeton Public Library is actively contributing to the larger evolution of the times while addressing and helping define our customers’ needs. Our success in attracting those ever-elusive demographics – young business people, highly creative entrepreneurs, and technology experts – means that the future of the library as cornerstone of technological education and innovation is a bright one.”  In addition, the program also allowed the library to promote existing services, such as eBooks, and better serve existing users who rely on the library for both access to technology and classes on its use.

Elizabeth Aversa, Dr.

Professor of library and information science at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Under Aversa's leadership, SLIS faculty has achieved an excellent record of publication, community service and professional association participation.  Her own impressive record of publication includes books, edited volumes, book chapters, scholarly articles and numerous conference presentations.  She has been active in ALA and ALISE for many years and is currently a member of the ALA Committee on Accreditation. Aversa was named Alabama Librarian of the Year in 2011 and received the ALISE award for professional service in 2005.