The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

South Ayrshire Council wins COSLA silver award for ebook innovations

South Ayrshire Council has won a prestigious silver award in the Service Innovation and Improvement category at the 2012 COSLA awards.

The award was made for the pioneering work being undertaken by the Council’s library service in developing ebooks.


The silver COSLA Award was welcomed by Councillor Margaret Toner (pictured above) who commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Council’s library service and I’m really thrilled that all the hard work on e-books has received national recognition.

“We’ve been keen to lead from the front on making our lending more accessible and flexible and this award shows that we’re getting it right and hitting that goal.

“In July 2010, we became the first Local Authority in Scotland to provide a free e-book and e-audio book downloadable service to Library users.

“This was followed in November 2011 with a world first for a Local Authority – the launch of an e-book, allowing it to be both borrowed via the ebook lending service and also purchased throughout the world via Amazon and as a POD (Print on Demand) item in paper form.”

The e-book “The Record of the Ayrshire Militia 1802-1883” was launched at Carnegie Library in November 2011 by Professor Dauvit Broun from Glasgow University and is available for sale on Amazon, making South Ayrshire’s local history information accessible to a global audience for generations to come.

Jill Cronin, South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Community Development was delighted with the COSLA award. She said: “This accolade reflects months of hard work by a whole team of people working together to try and create a new dawn for libraries across the world.

“On behalf of the library team, I am delighted we have won a silver award Service Innovation and Improvement, but the real winners are the library users.

“Embracing the new electronic technology and linking it to print on demand services literally means that no book should ever go out of print again!”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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