The American Library Association has named Orange County Library System of Orlando, Fla., the 2011 winner of the ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. This award is presented annually to a library that demonstrates innovative planning and development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The winning initiative was Orange County's Technology and Education Center, offering 1,200 technology classes each month at 15 locations. In 2010, nearly 50,000 patrons participated in the technology training program. Classes are offered in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.
2011 Florida Library Assoctation (FLA) Library Innovation Award
The Florida Library Association picked the Orange County Library System as the recipient of the 2011 Library Innovation Award in recognition of The Right Service at the Right Time. The award recognizes Florida libraries that have displayed innovative methods, projects, products, or organizational enhancements, such as using current and emerging technologies for library processes or information service delivery.
The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has recognized the Orange County Library System's Shake It! application as a best library practice 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 Christine Lind Hage, Chair of OITP's America's Libraries for the 21st Century Subcommittee. The Shake It! application, designed for the iPhone/iPod/iPad platforms, provides users with a novel and fun way to select materials from the OCLS collection, and its integration to the Library's circulation system allows the user to check availability and even order the item from their device.