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Winners of the Azriel Morag Award for Innovation 2014

This year's winners of the Azirel Morag Award for Innovation were announced at the IGeLU conference in Oxford, in September 2014. The two recipients are:
 
Curtis Thacker of Brigham Young University, the overall winner for his exceptional work on the Primo interface for his Library
 
 
 
Under Curtis Thacker's leadership, Brigham Young University (BYU) was one of the first institutions to create a fully "skinned" version of Primo and make it available to their users.
 
Leveraging the Primo API suite and integrating with other institutional systems, Curtis and his team have expanded the range of services and functionality offered to their patrons.
 
Through the innovative mash-up, the BYU discovery layer offers seamless integration with the library ILS, interlibrary loan, and document delivery services; embedded maps and videos on demand; an individualized service menu for authenticated users; contextual references to resources and services such as a database finder, journal finder, subject guides, library hours, and staff directory; responsive design for mobile devices; and many other user-focused services.
 
Curtis was selected as this year's award winner for his innovative approach to providing an extended, robust, and elegant discovery experience for BYU's end users.  
 
His approach is a model for how to empower an organization to literally think outside the box and bring valuable resources into the right context.

 

Gary Strawn of Northwestern University, who received a Lifetime Achievement award for his many years of dedication to the Voyager community

 

Gary was chosen as the recipient of a unique Lifetime Achievement award, which is being awarded this year to celebrate his unparalleled commitment to the Voyager community, alongside the main Azriel Morag award for Innovation.
 
In his career working with Ex Libris solutions Gary has developed more than 25 programs that are widely used by the Voyager community to view, edit, and delete bibliographic data, holdings and items. 
 
The available programs are applicable across many areas of the Cataloging module, from a Spine Label program, to a Location Changer program that allows libraries to amend, delete holdings and items at both location and item level. The programs are able to be used by staff who have minimal technical skills or do not require server access.
 
These programs have been developed since 2001 and are constantly being updated and revised.  Each time a Voyager version is released, Gary updated the underlying .dll files for all of his programs so that they work with the new Voyager version.  Gary's involvement expanded beyond the development of programs to troubleshoot for people who had any problems using his utilities and he would assist with new versions as required. 
 


Matti Shem Tov, Ex Libris CEO, and Daniela Morag, widow of Azriel Morag, present the Awards for Innovation to Curtis Thacker and Gary Strawn
        


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