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Clearly Innovative Inc partnered with Queens Public Library to build an award winning tablet solution for their patrons; see the press release below for the most recent award.

Press release for the first award ALA Library of the Future can be found here American Library Association’s (ALA) Spring 2014 Award

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joanne King, 718-990-0704

 jking@queenslibrary.org

June 9, 2014

 

QUEENS LIBRARY NAMED NY STATE BROADBAND CHAMPION AWARD WINNER FOR MOST INNOVATIVE PROJECT;

Announcement Made On Heels of National “Library of the Future” Award

JAMAICA, NY, June 9, 2014 — On June 5, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the winners of the first-ever New York State Broadband Champion Awards, which recognize high-achieving leaders that work to expand broadband access across the state. Queens Library was awarded Most Innovative Broadband Project for its customized interface for lending Google tablets to customers. The library will also receive the prestigious ALA/Information Today, Inc. “Library of the Future” Award at the end of June for the same project.

The Most Innovative Broadband Project Award identifies a leading-edge product, service, application, project or program that has an emphasis on fueling New York’s digital economy, while allowing citizens to be connected. Queens Library created a customized interface for Google Tablets that were donated to be circulated, without charge, to those who obtain library membership. The customized interface makes it possible to use the tablets with or without Wi-Fi access, while promoting digital literacy. The tablets serve as gateway devices for those who are not comfortable with technology, and are icon-driven for individuals with limited literacy and/or English skills. As a result, it puts thousands of broadband access points into the hands of those who need them. Tablets are now available for circulation at eight Queens Library locations, free, using a library card. They are expected to be available across the borough over the next few months.

“Access to high-speed internet is crucial to helping businesses compete and communities to remain connected in the 21st century economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “At our second Broadband Summit, state officials came together with industry leaders to identify ways to strengthen broadband services and eliminate barriers to expanding internet coverage in underserved parts of the State. This is another example of how our administration is working to improve vital services, and I look forward to seeing this productive dialogue continue to yield results for New Yorkers.”

“Public libraries are all about lifelong learning. The tablets provided by Google, coupled with innovative work by Queens Library, puts information and educational resources into the hands of Queens residents. It is a first step toward our strategic goal of bridging the information divide through digital resources, coupled with educational partners. We expect to advance adult learning, language learning, student resources, and more. We are very grateful to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York Department of State and Google Inc. for their support for this initial launch,” Thomas W. Galante, President and CEO, Queens Library.

The winners were honored at the second State Broadband Summit in Albany.

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