Talis Presents Awards for Mashing

Just before the keynote address on Tuesday morning, Paul Miller, Technology Evangelist at Talis (isn’t that a great job title?) presented the awards for its competition Mashing Up The Library 2006. The competition, which was announced in June, was intended “to openly encourage innovation in the display, use, and reuse of data from and about libraries.”

The First prize of $2,000 was awarded to John Blyberg of Ann Arbor District Library in Ann Arbor, MI. His entry, Go-Go-Google-Gadget, “showed how simply library information can be integrated into the personalized home page offered by Google.” Blyberg spoke later that morning in the mashup track.

The Second prize of $1,000 was awarded to the Alliance Library System in East Peoria, IL, and its global partners in the Second Life Library. Here, accepting the award from Miller are Michael Sauers, Lori Bell, and Tom Peters. See my blog entry earlier about the project.

More information about the competition and the 18 entries it received is available here. There’s also an archive file with some screen shots of the winning entries.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.

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