NEWS RELEASE
                                             15 November 2013

  * Sonia Lee, Stanford University Libraries
    (650) 736-9538,

  Stanford University Libraries Opens Submissions for the
2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL)

Stanford University Libraries announced today the launch of the 
second Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries 
(SPIRL), a prize to recognize and celebrate innovation through
programs, projects, and/or new or improved services that 
directly or indirectly benefit readers and users. The goal of 
the prize is to single out for community attention and to 
celebrate functionally significant results of the innovative 
impulses in libraries anywhere in the world that support 

Eligibility for SPIRL includes research, national, or other 
library that supports research activities. Awards will be based 
on a single programmatic or project undertaking and/or a 
sustained culture and profile of encouraging effective and 
sustainable innovation; the effect of such efforts must have 
measurable impact on the library's own clientele as well as the 
potential for influencing the practices and/or standards of 
research librarianship generally.

Entries must be received on or before January 15, 2014. Official 
entry form and rules are available at 
The winner(s) will be announced in late February 2014 and a 
modest cash purse will be awarded.

The first SPIRL prizes were awarded in February 2013 to 
Bibliothèque nationale de France for their projects Gallica 
Library and Discovery Service, and to Biblioteca Virtual Miguel 
de Cervantes for their service oriented platform for the 
management of metadata and content in digital libraries. 
Commendations of Merit were awarded to Griffith University for 
their Research Hub project, and to New York Public Library for 
their New York Public Library Labs project.

Chief Judge for SPIRL 2014 will be Elisabeth Niggemann (Deutsch 
Nationalbibliothek). Other judges will be Dame Lynne Brindley 
(Master of Pembroke College, Oxford), Charles Henry (Council on 
Library and Information Resources), Rick Luce (University of 
Oklahoma), Ann Okerson (Center for Research Libraries), Bruno 
Racine (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Dongfang Shao 
(Library of Congress), and Karin Wittenborg (University of 

Stanford University Libraries supports the teaching, learning and 
research mandates of the University through delivery of 
bibliographic and other information resources and services to 
faculty, students and staff. It is tackling the challenges of the 
digital age while continuing the development, preservation and 
conservation of its extensive print, media and manuscript

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Web resources: Entry Form
               SPIRL Website