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Libraries Development Initiative project wins industry award

  • Date: 12 March 2013
  • Area: National
Three women and a man stand together, one holding EDGE award, all smiling

The winners collect their EDGE award for the Digital Skills Sharing project. Credit: Lloyd Smith Photography

A project led by The Reading Agency and The Publishers Association, which was awarded funding through the Arts Council's Libraries Development Initiative, has won the EDGE 2013 Virtual/Digital Award.

The EDGE Awards highlight and reward good practice in innovative library and information projects.

The award went to The Reading Agency and The Publishers Association's Director of Publisher Relations, Emma House, for their innovative digital skills sharing project.

Embracing new technologies to support library users

The 10-month project brought together six teams of publishers and librarians from across the country to address the need for public libraries to embrace new technologies in order to take their vital support for readers online. You can read more about the project on The Reading Agency website.

The new resources and skills gained from the project will allow library authorities across the country to benefit from publisher expertise in the creation and strengthening of libraries' digital marketing.

Reaching new readers in the 'digital age'

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association said:

'We are delighted to have won the EDGE 2013 Award, and to have led and been part of this digital skills sharing project. Through this programme, publishers have gained an improved understanding of the vital role that libraries can play in reaching new readers in the digital age. We look forward to continuing this collaboration.'

Libraries Development Initiative

The Libraries Development Initiative funded 13 projects to test new approaches to library service delivery. Find out more about the initiative on our website.