Lansing Public Library a Sirsi-Dynix Innovation Award Finalist

June 25, 2006 on 5:56 pm | In Zephyr Spotlights | 1 Comment

Zephyr congratulates Lansing (IL) Public Library on its nomination for the SirsiDynix Building Better Communities Award. Award winners were announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 24, 2006. The four winners received cash awards of $10,000.

Lansing Public Libray is one of fifteen nominees for this innovation award. The fifteen finalists were chosen from among 130 by twelve judges and an advisorl Congratulations on the nomination Lansing P.L.! And a special congratulations to Kelli Staley who spear-headed the projects for which Lansing has been nominated.

For more information about the award, the nominees, and the award ceremony go to:

http://www.sirsidynix.com/Company/bbc_awards.php

Zephyr Spotlights Lansing Public Library

June 25, 2006 on 5:53 pm | In Zephyr Spotlights | No Comments

The MLS Zephyr Innovation Incubator applauds the innovative funding and technology application for library user podcast downloading at Lansing Public Library.

Lansing Public Library received support from its friends group to offer a library-branded version of Juice, podcasting software.Lansing Public Library’s branded version can be downloaded by library users and it comes with the Library’s podcasts ready to listen to.

See: http://lansing.lib.il.us/podcast.htm#8.%20Where%20do%20I%20get%20the%20Lansing%20Library%20Podcasts?

Zephyr gives credit to Kelli Staley, technology expert and librarian at Lansing Public Library, for this innovative use of technology and political support for innovation!

Zephyr Spotlights Thomas Ford Memorial Library

June 25, 2006 on 5:47 pm | In Zephyr Spotlights | No Comments

The Zephyr Innovation Incubator Program at MLS is spotlighting innovative services and programs in the MLS member libraries. Please let us know what you are doing to create more innovative responses to your users’ needs! Email Kathryn Deiss at deissk@mls.lib.il.us

We are delighted to spotlight the Thomas Ford Memorial Library for its innovative Click-a-Story Program, a web-delivered story time program (http://www.fordlibrary.org/clickastory/) and for its cutting edge use of MySpace (a web space for socializing) for teens. See: www.MySpace.com/ThomasFord

These two innovative uses of web space engage users in new ways and present us with different models for delivering services.

Zephyr applauds Thomas Ford Memorial Library director, Anne Kozak, and her dynamic staff for these innovations!

Welcome to Zephyr Innovation!

June 23, 2006 on 11:44 pm | In General | No Comments

Welcome to my Zephyr Innovation blog. This is intended to serve as a “day trip” into the worlds of creativity and innovation — with a special focus on libraries and non-profits.

With undying faith in the scope and power of human creativity, I hope to point to some interesting resources, projects, best practices, and prototyping happening in libraries. During my years as a library consultant and facilitator I have observed highly creative people and organizations, however these people tell me how difficult it is to spend time on innovation due to the press of today’s work (and sometimes yesterday’s work!).

I hope to be able to provide little “day trips” into work that is innovative or is about the innovative. Join me on these forays and bring your ideas and experiences to others.

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