ACPL submitted our awesome Family App to the Urban Libraries Council as a contender for their Top Innovators award. We think our app is pretty innovative (there is not another app anything like it) but we didn’t make the cut. [Read our proposal here.]
There are some pretty innovative library projects that did in the 11 categories that include customer experience, sustainability, and civic and community engagement. Many innovators used technology in ways non-traditional to libraries.
My favorite project, DPL Connect, comes from Denver Public Library and uses old technology (the bicycle) to bring newer technology (the Internet) to area hot spots like the farmer’s market, bike trails and parks. A similar bicycle library called Ideas Box is making the rounds in Haiti and other areas that have fewer (if any) brick and mortar libraries.
Other projects include a computing center inside a KMart store, a healthy living initiative serving families, a mobile laptop lab bus for job seekers, an episodic fiction self-publishing platform housed on the library’s website, and a partnership between a middle and high school and the public library to bring the library’s online resources in line with academic needs. Visit the ULC’s site here for the winners and honorable mentions and here for all the Innovations submissions.
What are your innovative ideas for the future of YOUR library?