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    IDS Project Rivenburgh Innovation Award

    Ed Rivenburgh is the founder of the IDS Project and has been the driving force behind the technological and pedagogical advances over the past decade. Even after his retirement in 2012, the impact of his ideas on mentoring and technology has continued to be felt nationwide. It is in his honor that the IDS Project has instituted the Rivenburgh Innovation Award to recognize an individual, team, library, or library consortium for advancing the areas of resource sharing and coordinated collection development.

    Eligibility:

    Nominations will be accepted for an individual, team, library, or library consortium. Individuals must be employed by a library and teams must have at least two members that are so employed. Innovations must be in beta testing prior to January 2016 and must pertain to resource sharing or coordinated collection development. Self-nominations are accepted.

    Application process:

    Please submit a description of the innovation you or your nominee made that has improved resource sharing or coordinated collection development in your region, consortium, or state.

    Please include the following information:

    • Describe the new service or how an existing service was improved.
    • Provide statistics or other indicators to demonstrate how your innovation improved the workflow of your staff or your users’ access to information.
    • When did your new service begin? Is it in beta?
    • Is the innovation just for your library or does it serve a larger user base?
    • Are there plans to continue this new service or further improve it over the next year?

    All applications should be sent to awards@idsproject.org.

    Final Selection Evaluation

    The IDS Project Awards Committee will evaluate all of the nominations submitted by July 1st, 2016. The winner will be announced at the IDS Conference in Albany, NY on July 28th.


    The 2015 Rivenburgh Innovation Award was given to the IDS Logic Development Team:

    • Shannon Pritting, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Project Lead (left)
    • Bill Jones, IDS Project, Lead Support and Implementation Manager (center)
    • Michael C. Mulligan, Upstate Medical, Lead Programmer (right)



    IDS Logic is a next generation resource sharing software that connects, via web services and APIs, library platforms that previously remained separated. This software:

    • Performs automated actions on ILL requests based on complex criteria executed through server-based rules.
    • Sends automated notifications to patrons regarding ILL transactions.
    • Automates time consuming steps in ILL that require making decisions on information that is contained in the ILL transaction compared to ILL policies or settings.
    • Conducts automated searches of internal library services such as the catalog (via the Z39.50 server) with information contained in ILL transactions to automate time consuming steps such as looking up call numbers for book chapter or loan requests, or cancelling checked out items or items from restricted collections.
    • Sends information from ILL transactions to external APIs or web services and return information to help further automate ILL processing.


    Since its creation in 2014, IDS Logic has been adopted by 85 libraries, including IDS Project Members and development partners such as Yale University, University of Oregon, and Northwestern University. IDS Logic was also a 2014 winner of the Teresa Strozik Award for Innovation in Library Technology.

    For more information on IDS Logic please see the IDS Logic Rulekit website.

    Ed Rivenburgh is the founder of the IDS Project and has been a driving force behind its technological and pedagogical advances over the past decade. Even after retiring as director in 2012, the impact of his ideas on mentoring and technology has continued to be felt nationwide. It is in his honor that the IDS Project has instituted the Rivenburgh Innovation Award to recognize an individual, team, library, or library consortium for advancing the areas of resource sharing and coordinated collection development.