In a ceremony on May 9 in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, the Brown University Library awarded the winner of the 2014 Library Innovation Prize to Michael Rowland ’15. The $750 prize was given to the applicant who created the most effective working prototype of a mobile application designed to enhance access to or use of the Library.
Michael describes his winning creation: “The app has two main functions. It is able to generate citation information via scanning a barcode (either ISBN or Brown Library) that can be easily emailed to the user. Additionally, it provides recommendations for similar books using previous checkout information from the Brown libraries.”
Serving as judges for the competition were two faculty members: Jo Guldi, Assistant Professor of History, and Tom Doeppner, Associate Professor of Computer Science; a graduate student in the Department of Music: Chris Johnson-Roberson; and the Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies: Andrew Ashton.
The two winners of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Prize for Excellence in Library Research also received their awards at the ceremony. Leah Jones ‘17 was selected for her paper “Soldiers of Solidarity: The Boston Committee for Health Rights in Central America” and Richard Salamé ‘16 was chosen for his paper “Clocks and Empire: an Indian Case Study.” This award carries a prize of $750. (Read the full story here.)