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Are You on the (Cutting) Edge? Tell us about it!

Folks here in the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and at the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) know many public, school, college/university libraries, library consortia and coops, and state libraries are using cutting edge technology to develop and deliver impactful library services and programs. So, what are you waiting for?

OITP and LITA are soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology, and the November 6 deadline is only a few weeks away. “Cutting edge” refers to successful implementations of technological advancements used in services such as:

  • Improvements in traditional services and processes by inventing/re-inventing/twisting technology
  • Introduction of new, innovative services that are flexible and responsive to community needs
  • Methods for connecting libraries to their communities
  • Funding initiatives or organizational models that ensure library information technology will remain current

A joint committee of members from the Subcommittee on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century and LITA will review all nominations and may conduct selected interviews or site visits to identify those libraries that are offering a best practice or most innovative service. Libraries or library service areas will be publicized via the OITP and LITA websites, as well as highlighted through ALA publications and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in 2013. The nomination application is brief, but it’s due November 6. Find more information at ala.org/cuttingedge.

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Larra Clark

Larra Clark is the deputy director of both the Public Library Association and Washington Office’s public policy team. Larra received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arizona and has a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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