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.”