Library of the Future Award recipient named

Contact: Cheryl Malden


For Immediate Release

April 25, 2003

Library of the Future Award recipient named

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, Raleigh, is the 2003 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA)/Information Today Library of the Future Award.

The award of $1,500 and a citation donated by Information Today, Inc., honors 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.

NCSU Libraries won for its
Library Online Basic Orientation (LOBO).
LOBO was developed by NCSU Libraries, and is an introduction to library research tutorial.
The tutorial is used primarily with first-year students in freshman composition classes.
It includes modules covering the steps through which students progress as they search for information for research papers.
Students can work on LOBO anywhere and receive help from a librarian online.

“In selecting LOBO for the award, the jury cited the innovative use of technology to extend library services to freshmen composition students,” said chair Tom Sloan. “The jury also noted that LOBO was developed through a partnership between librarians and freshman composition instructors and provided an ‘Ask a Librarian Live’ virtual library services.”

The ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award will be presented Tuesday,
June 24, during the ALA/CLA joint Annual Conference in Toronto.