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IndyPL Receives 2016 ‘Library of the Future’ Award

Jul 30, 2016 07:15PM

The Indianapolis Public Library recently achieved national recognition as the recipient of the prestigious Library of the Future Award, presented by the American Library Association and Information Today, Inc., publishing company.

IndyPL was recognized for its innovative eBook Tinker Stations that provide one-on-one support, both in person and via a designated phone line, to help patrons navigate through today’s evolving technologies. Developed in response to the increased demand for eBooks, the Tinker Stations inform individuals on using their personal devices to download items from the library’s growing digital collections, including eBooks, eAudiobooks and free streaming of videos and music.

“We are very proud that this small idea has evolved into such an important service for our users, many of whom have overcome their challenges of using technology as a result of the Tinker Stations,” says Mike Williams, Central Library’s area resource manager who helped conceive the innovation and conducted original staff training.

The project has grown from targeting seniors to attracting a multi-generational audience interested in greater usability and newer applications. The Tinker Stations serve as an effective tool to support changing user needs and is also a prime vehicle for promoting the library’s digital collections.

For times and free two-hour Tinker Station assistance sessions, visit IndyPL.org. No registration is required. The Tinker Station helpline is also available at 317-275-4500.

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