Awards

EDGE 2015 highlights and rewards good practice in innovative library and information projects which:

  • Show or sell benefits of library and information services to other sectors, organisations and communities
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity
  • Increase participation

The purpose of the awards is to recognise positive achievements and promote outstanding library based initiatives which celebrate the value of libraries.
We don’t want the process to be cumbersome so we are asking for some brief details.
We are looking for cutting-edge innovative projects around developments in the following categories;

There will be 3 awards for innovation (The winners for each category will receive the EDGE 2015 trophy, no financial reward) which will follow the format of the conference.

Physical Category

1. Physical  – buildings, layout, targeted spaces.

 Social Category

2. Social – Work involving communities or target groups, engagement or making a difference

Digital Category

3. Digital – Websites, apps, virtual library, digitisation

The awards are open to global applications – Finalists will be offered 2 free places at the  Gala Dinner.

Closing date Monday 9th February 2015

* (denotes required field)
How we have been innovative (400 words max)
Benefits (400 words max)
Why we should win!


1) Be honest about what you are good at and how you can demonstrate this to the judges.

2) Remember that you must prove to the judges that you are the best organisation that entered the particular award or category in order to win..

3) To impress the judges your entry must stand out. Talk is cheap, the judges will want to see proof of any claims you make about being the best, offering great service, value for money, being innovative etc so be sure to provide that proof.

4) The world is full of great ideas that sound good but didn’t work or make any money in reality. You must demonstrate that your idea/ service has a market, that there is a demand from that market and that it is sustainable.

5) Write in plain English and keep it simple.

EDGE2014 Winners

The Physical Category  

Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries

The Social Category

Dementia Awareness for Children, Stockton Library

The Digital/Virtual Category

Get Connected with Suffolk Libraries

Winners of EDGE Awards 2013

The Physical Category, sponsored by The Design Concept:

London Borough of Southwark –

Canada Water Library

The Social Category, sponsored by Capita

Northamptonshire Libraries –

Enterprise Hubs

The Virtual/Digital Category, Sponsored by BT Scotland

The Publishers Association & The Reading Agency -

Reading Partners Digital Skills Sharing Project