Thursday, May 24, 2007

BPL Wins First Place Award for MySpace

Birmingham Public Library's MySpace.com page
The Birmingham Public Library has received its second Be Innovative! Award from Innovative Interfaces, the company that markets the software used by the library to organize, order, process, and circulate all of its materials.

The winning entry “Social Networking at the Birmingham Public Library” demonstrated how the library uses MySpace.com to market library services and materials online.

Melinda Shelton, webmaster for the library, accepted the award for the Most Innovative Marketing of Millennium Products/Features at the 15th annual Innovative Users Group Conference in San Jose, California, on May 16, 2007.

Shelton designed and linked features from the Innovative Interfaces system to the library’s MySpace page to allow direct searching of the catalog, new materials lists, and other online content. MySpace members may also add the library’s catalog search box to their own MySpace pages.

The library won its first Be Innovative! award in 2004.

Innovative Interfaces is a leader in providing integrated library system to thousands of libraries in over 40 countries worldwide. This year's users group conference welcomed 1800 attendees from 11 countries.

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