Goethe-Institut New York and Pratt SILS Receive ALA Cutting-Edge Technology Services Award


This week the American Library Association announced it will be honoring five local library programs from around the country that employ cutting-edge technologies in the provision of library services. METRO is happy to report that two METRO members, Goethe-Institut New York and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, were among those chosen to receive this special recognition. 

The two organizations were cited for their collaborative work on German Traces NYC, a  mobile, augmented reality experience designed to let learners explore German cultural heritage in New York City.  Users can hold up their mobile phones and view archival photos layered on top of the images visible through the phone’s camera. The mobile experience also features archival documents, photographs, and multimedia narratives. The mobile web optio creates a walking tour based on the user's location. There have been over 19,000 visitors to the site since the project launched last year. The project was specifically cited for cost-effectiveness and creative use of BYOD (bring your own device) as well as augmented reality. 

About the awards:

Starting in 2009, OITP's America's Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee began soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology. The awards are meant to showcase libraries serving their communities with novel and innovative methods, as well as to provide the library community with successful models for delivering quality library service in new ways.

ALA will host a program about the five programs being honored during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and will make detailed descriptions of each available online in order to share successful models for delivering quality library service in new ways.

For info on other libraries and programs recognized this year, please see the official announcement from ALA.

Additional information is also available at http://www.ala.org/offices/oitp/cuttingedge.

Congratulations to our colleagues at Goethe-Institut and Pratt on this well-deserved recognition, and for all their great work on the German Traces project.