The American Library Association (ALA) has named Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) as the 2022 recipient of its “Library of the Future Award." The annual award recognizes innovative planning, application, or customer support development relating to information technology in libraries.
The Library District worked with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to enable transit riders to instantly sign up for access to online materials using RTC’s free onboard WiFi on approximately 400 transit buses throughout the valley.
Riders can scan a QR code featured inside buses to download the Library app and then enter their mobile number to sign up for library access. The library system instantly verifies the new account, and riders can immediately begin borrowing eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, and movies at no cost, on the bus, at home, or anywhere on the go. The program also allows temporary library access to transit riders who are visitors to Las Vegas via a seven-day pass to the Libby app.
“The RTC’s fleet of buses made more than 35 million passenger trips in 2021, making RTC the ideal partner for us to reach potential new customers who may have never had a library experience before. This innovative program uses simple technology to let riders access free resources and enter a wonderful world of discovery,” said Kelvin Watson, executive director of the Library District.
This is Watson's third Library of the Future award in his career. His library teams also received the award for programs that he implemented at Broward County Libraries in Florida and at Queens Borough Public Library in New York. He is the only three-time recipient in the award’s history.
The award will be presented to Watson during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in June 2022.