OLITA Project Award 

The Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) Project Award recognizes a project that demonstrates leadership in the application of technology to benefit library users, enhance library operations, and extend partnerships. The award is presented annually at the OLITA AGM during the OLA Super Conference.OLITA appreciates the support of OCLC Canada for their sponsorship of the OLITA Project Award, which includes a trip to the CLA Conference (at OCLC’s expense) to present the project at the annual OCLC / CLA Symposium. 

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1
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2017 Award Recipient

Bibliobike Project/Project bibliovélo

Ottawa Public Library

In 2016, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) supported staff at the Main Branch to engage in bicycle and technology powered outreach through a project entitled BiblioBike | BiblioVélo. We were inspired by other bicycle libraries around the world and encouraged to create project-based change through the ‘Leading from Any Position’ program that the OPL adopted from the Edmonton Public Library earlier in the year. The BiblioBike concept combines can-do maker spirit with mobile library technology already being used by other departments of the OPL to reach customers outside the library. We felt that we needed to improve our flexibility and autonomy as a branch team to bring library resources to community events and share expertise in a creative way that would spark learning.

The slogan that accompanied the Bibliobike project’s application was “Uniting DIY Maker Spirit with Mobile Library Technology” and it was this combination of high and low tech that put the mobile into mobile library technology and that built community as the community came together to build it - that won us over. As one of our judges remarked, “The partnership with the Ottawa Tool Library demonstrated the best of what libraries have to offer - shared skills and shared vision." Mita Williams, OLITA President 2017

2016 Award Recipient


“Borrow the Internet” wi-fi hotspot lending Program

Kitchener Public Library

As the first program of its kind in Canada, Kitchener Public Library (KPL) staff are helping to bridge the digital divide by extending one of the library’s core services, internet connectivity, out into the community. KPL’s project was the first of its kind in Canada, and attracted media attention from across the province. KPL are sharing their experiences with other libraries who are interested in offering wi-fi hotspots. They’ve posted a how-to article on the SOLS blog, and their documentation and borrower policies are available online. They’re also trendsetters! As one OLITA Council member put it, “Libraries have been offering free wi-fi for years now, but KPL recognized that not everyone can get into the library whenever they need internet access. Cost, transport, time - these are all barriers. So instead of continuing to try to bring patrons into the library, they created a service that can travel with the patron. Similar to 'embedded librarianship' they are embedding the library into different parts of their community. Sarah Simpkin, 2016 OLITA President