Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Are you doing something "cutting edge?"

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2009

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

“We want to showcase libraries that are serving their communities with novel and innovative methods and provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library service in new ways,” said Vivian Pisano, Chair of OITP’s America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee.

If you wish to submit a nomination, please complete this form and send it to the American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 1st Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 or by e-mail to by September 1, 2009. Further details about the nomination process may be found here.

The America’s Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee will review all nominations and conduct selected interviews or site visits to identify those libraries that are truly offering a best practice or most innovative service. Libraries or library service areas selected will be publicized via the OITP Web site, highlighted through ALA publications, and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference in 2010.

E-mail submissions to

For questions, contact:

Vivian Pisano, Chief of Information Technology
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

1 comment:

Kelly Giles said...

This is so cool! At Optimal Resume, we're proud to work libraries that are on the cutting edge of technology. The libraries we work with are able to provide their patrons access to a suite of online job-searching materials via Optimal Resume. They can build resumes, cover letters and portfolios online, as well as practice for interviews and search for jobs.

Because the technology is web-based, users register for the service using their library ID number, but they can access the software from any computer with an internet connection. It's just one way libraries are taking advantage of the mobile trend, and making their services relevant to patrons even when they're not inside the library.

Many of the libraries we work with are also leading the way with social media. They're on Twitter and Facebook, interacting with patrons and sharing news and tips.

We're excited and proud to partner with libraries who are on the forefront of web 2.0 technology.