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CLA / Information Today Award for Innovative Technology 2008 Awarded to Richmond Public Library

(Ottawa, May 2, 2008) - Richmond Public Library is the winner of the 2008 CLA/ Information Today Award for Innovative Technology.  The Library’s DVD Dispenser provides a new level of service to its customers in the fastest-growing segment of public library lending.  At the same time, it has taken advantage of significant efficiencies in materials handling, security and inventory control.  

Richmond Public Library is the first North American library to adapt Media Bank’s DVD dispenser technology for use in a library setting.  Two dispensers manage a collection of more than 2,000 DVDs.  Library staff have integrated Media Bank’s software into their own Integrated Library System using the SIP2 protocol. 

The Award Committee agreed that the project demonstrates each of the Award’s criteria:

  • innovation/use of technology to clients served
  • benefit of innovation/use of technology to information community
  • impact of innovation/use on library operations
  • marketability of innovation/use
  • impact of innovation/use on perception of the library/librarian in the work setting and to the specialized or general public

The Committee especially felt that the Library should be commended for their work in the first criterion, making technology and innovation work to the benefit of clients served.

Richmond Public Library has a distinguished history of technology, marketing, and process innovation.  This is the fourth time they have won the CLA / Information Award for Innovative Technology.    Award Committee Chair Dean Frey commented, “Public libraries across Canada and around the world know they should pay attention to what is happening in Richmond.”

The Award is generously sponsored by Information Today, Inc. and will be presented at the CLA/ACB 2008 National Conference & Trade Show in Vancouver, BC, on May 24.

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.  

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