NCSU Libraries wins 2018 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/10/2018


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer


American Library Asociation


The NCSU Libraries in Raleigh, North Carolina has been selected to receive the 2018 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. The Library was selected for its innovative “Emerging Digital Information Skills Workshops” program, through which the library partners with external groups to create collaborative teaching experiences that provide engaging learning opportunities to develop emerging technical skills for members of the NCSU community.

The active learning centered Emerging Digital Information Skills workshops address a previously unmet need for instruction in areas like data science, visualization, virtual reality, digital media production, fabrication and introduce students and researchers to tools such as Tableau, Web VR frameworks, Jekyll, 3D printing and R programming.  Sessions give a conceptual overview of the technology or process, provide a structured hands-on experience where participants learn by doing, and allow time for participants to apply that learning through open-ended exploration and play. 

Information Today Inc. publishing company is a leader in providing libraries with resources to meet knowledge management needs. This award, designed to recognize innovative planning, applications, or development of focused patron support relating to information technology in libraries, is given to an individual library, consortium, group, or support organization.

The 2018 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award jury members include Diane Bisom, University of California, Riverside; Rene Erlandson, Omaha, Nebraska, chair; Darcell Graham, Enoch Pratt Free Library; Erica McCormick, Texas State Library & Archives Commission; and Catherine Murray-Rust, Atlanta, Georgia.

The ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award will be presented at the ALA President’s program, Sunday, June 24, 2017 during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

More information on the ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award and how to submit a nomination is available on the ALA website (