SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2015 —The Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative has announced that the winners of the Rethinking Resource Sharing (RRS) 2015 Innovation Award are Texas Tech University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) for collaboratively developing Occam’s Reader, the first library-developed system to enable interlibrary lending of electronic books.
The Innovation Award comes with a $500 stipend and honors individuals and/or institutions for improving access to information through resource sharing in their library, consortium, state and/or country. The purpose of the award is to showcase innovation in resource sharing and to encourage other librarians and libraries to make changes in their resource sharing operations to improve information delivery to library users. This year’s award winners were recognized for their innovative contribution to resource sharing at the American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. Ryan Litsey, Project Manager and Assistant Librarian for Document Delivery at Texas Tech University, accepted the award on behalf of the Occam’s Reader Project Team.