Have you ever had a great idea to improve the Library and Archives but not known what to do with it? This is your chance to work with us to shape our services and to improve the experience of fellow students.
The winning idea will receive a prize of £1,000 and we will work with you to introduce it to the Library and Archives. The winner will also receive the title 'Library Innovator 2020’.
Your ideas could be about the resources that we stock, or the space or technology that we provide. We welcome any ideas, big or small. In addition to the main prize, we may also award smaller cash prizes for ideas that we don't shortlist but that we are able to implement quickly and easily, improving the Library and Archives experience for our students.
We will consider anything but ideas must be feasible to implement and relevant to using the Library and Archives. Please refer to the full terms and conditions to understand more of what we are looking for.
You can submit your entries here from Monday 25 November.
The final judging event took place on Thursday 28 February in the Ron Cooke Hub in Campus East. Five student finalists presented their pitch to a judging panel and audience members, including Library and Archives staff, other staff from across the University and a number of students. Each finalist gave a presentation of up to five minutes, followed by questions from the judges.
The event host was Richard Morris, a York alumnus and CEO of The Giving Machine. Richard introduced the event and each finalist, and gave a keynote about his career since leaving York whilst the judges selected the winning submission.
The Library Innovators 2019 were Yuveer Ramchandani (TFTI) and Daniel Famiyeh (Electronic Engineering) who pitched their app “Deskmate” to monitor study space availability within the library. Yuveer and Daniel created the app from scratch, utilising our publicly available live library data.
Eleanor Ingham (SPSW) was awarded Highly Commended for her idea “Electronic library card and UoY app”. Eleanor impressed the judges with her market research.
Congratulations to the rest of our finalist who also gave great pitches:
As a result of LibInspo 2019, the Library and Archives have:
We’re still working on lots more amazing ideas, so check back here for more updates soon!