Technology Advancing Libraries Award  

The Technology Advancing Libraries 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. 

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1
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2019 Award Recipient


Jonathon Hodge for Tor Browser Pilot 

Toronto Public Library

Jonathon has been central to the successful navigation of this pilot project right from initial conception, through various committees and approvals, to trouble-shooting and successful deployment. He has written all of the publicity, messaging, and educational documents related to this service launch and continues to be the public face of TPL's digital privacy efforts, of which this technology pilot is a core component. His contributions have addressed any and all stakeholder concerns, and he has activated and motivated his colleagues to embrace a role as privacy advocates at the point-of-service. Finally, he organized the public launch events for this pilot, including stewarding Tor Project's co-founder Roger Dingledine through four distinct events over three days with TPL decision-makers and staff, our public, and a community event with InfoSec professionals and hackers. This combination of effort has been a large reason for the success of this venture. Heather Mathis, Toronto Public Library

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