At Axiell's two-day symposium "Rethinking Libraries?", held in London for senior managers from archives, museums and libraries across Scandinavia and the UK, this year's award "The Digital Cultural Institution of 2011" was presented.
The winner was this year Jönköping School Library Service from Sweden that was chosen for its tremendous success in enabling students, teachers and parents to work digitally 24/7 through its use of Axiell Arena's web portal. The school library service in Jönköping has been a front runner and the first school system to develop its services in such an innovative way.
Elisabeth Fridsäll-Emilsson, development manager, Jönköping School Library Service, says, “At the School Library Service we have worked for several years on improving our services to the school libraries by offering them digital sources. With Axiell Arena we have found the solution which allows us to increase our services to teachers and pupils.”
Two other libraries were shortlisted: Silkeborg libraries, Denmark for opening up their libraries for the community in evenings and week-ends and Stockholm City Libraries, Sweden for their web solution biblioteket.se.