Arizona Library Honored for Cutting-Edge Services

Jan. 30, 2013

At the University of Arizona Libraries, Guide on the Side was introduced to offer easily accessible, Web-based, open-source software – all without having to learn HTML or other coding.

Today, the resource is being used by librarians around the world to create online and interactive tutorials based on authentic and active learning. More than 25 tutorials exist at the UA Libraries and, in one year alone, those Guide on the Side tutorials were used by nearly 73,000 users.

For offering such cutting-edge technology in library services, the UA Libraries made a list of five libraries across the nation that the American Library Association announced it would be honoring. Meanwhile, the UA Libraries staff members are reaching out to community colleges and libraries across Arizona, promoting the use of the technology.

And the list of honorees is pretty impressive, with libraries and organizations being located in Boston, New York City and Orlando, Fla.

“This year’s winners represent creative and cost-effective engagement with technology trends including BYOD (bring your own device), augmented reality, e-government, crowd-sourcing, and online learning,” said Marc Gartler, branch manager for the Madison Public Library, who chaired the selection subcommittee.

“We are excited to recognize these fantastic projects and believe they have the potential to be replicated by many libraries across the country,” Gartler said.

The ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association will recognize the UA Libraries and four other honorees during the ALA annual conference being held June 27-July 2 in Chicago.  

Contact: Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant, the UA Libraries marking and public relations director, at 520-307-0877 or