Cynthia Haven of Stanford News reports, “The first winners of the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries are the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France) and the Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library in Spain. The Stanford Libraries’ new annual award celebrates groundbreaking programs, projects and services for research libraries anywhere in the world. Commendations of merit went to Australia’s Griffith University and the New York Public Library. About two dozen proposals competed for the modest cash prize of $5,000, underwritten by Logitech, that went to each of the winning institutions.”

Haven continues, “Michael Keller, the Stanford University librarian, characterized the entries overall as ‘a startlingly clear signal that research libraries as a community are doing great things, embracing – sanely – the digital age, and immeasurably enriching the research environment for scholarship and study.’ The award to the French national library recognizes both its Gallica and Data Digital Libraries.  The Gallica Library promotes French cultural heritage in a digital form, addressing the needs of contemporary scholars as well as a much wider public in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive environment. The discovery service of the National Library has integrated numerous sources using a Semantic Web approach, thereby making the vast holdings of the library, including those of Gallica, visible through a single, high-tech lens.  Together, both efforts drive a wider audience to the digital library from search engines.”

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