Announced at the annual National Acquisitions Group (NAG) Conference, Derbyshire County Council Libraries and Heritage Division has been awarded the 2013 NAG Award for Excellence, sponsored by Nielsen, for the launch of their e-book service.

The award’s judging panel received a number of high quality applications, all from teams doing innovative work to develop the acquisitions process through the use of technology. Derbyshire County Council was praised for the careful planning they underwent before introducing their e-book service. They identified market forces, customer needs and technological development in order to enter the e-book market at the optimum time for the needs of their users, with the most appropriate product.

Karen Carden, Chair of NAG, noted this comment from one of the judges:

“For me, Derbyshire County Council is the winner. I liked the way they structured their submission, but also, the way the project had engaged with the users and the fact that they have plans to take this further and work collaboratively with the University of Sheffield. It ticks all the boxes in terms of accessibility and demonstrates real success in the face of adversity.”

About this Award:

Designed to promote excellence, original thinking and innovation by a library or individual within the field of Bibliographic Services and Acquisitions, the NAG Excellence Award is sponsored by Nielsen and is in its third year. The previous winners are Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Public Library Service (2011) and Graham Stone, Dave Pattern and Briony Heyhoe-Pullar representing the University of Huddersfield (2012)

Ackvinder Bains, Stock Services Manager at Derbyshire County Council, said:

“We are very pleased to have won the NAG Award for Excellence 2013 as it acknowledges the key role of acquisitions in the development of customer focused services. Our eBooks project recognises the importance of partnership working both internally with other departments within Derbyshire County Council (DCC)and externally with other library authorities and library suppliers.Having built a successful service, we are now working with the University of Sheffield to assess the impact of our eBooks provision and will be using customer feedback for future development. This award will help to increase the profile of libraries within DCC and highlights our commitment to continuing service development.”

Paul Dibble, Head of Data Sales at Nielsen, commented

“Nielsen is proud to sponsor the NAG award for the 3rd year. It is all too easy to dwell on the challenges being faced by libraries, and in particular public libraries, so the NAG Award offers a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate success and innovation. Nielsen would like to thank NAG and the judging panel for their work and to congratulate Derbyshire on their success”.