June 28, 2005


After receiving three outstanding awards for its innovative technology, Brooklyn Public Library's state-of-the-art ABC library card claims another victory!

Brooklyn, NY, June 28, 2005 — The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology has co-awarded Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) the prestigious "Best of New York" award for "Best Application Serving the Public." The award recognizes BPL's ABC PC Reservation and Print Reservation System, more commonly known as Access Brooklyn Card (ABC) and ABC Services Kiosks.

The ABC PC Reservation and Print System enables Brooklyn's library users to visit one of nearly 70 self-service ABC kiosks and to quickly access their library account information, pay overdue balances, schedule time on BPL's public access computers and add value to their library accounts. Like a debit card, the ABC card also allows patrons to easily use Express Check — machines that allow borrowers to check out books and videos without a librarian's assistance — and pay for Xerox printing and copying services at BPL.

"Brooklyn Public Library is honored to receive this recognition," said Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library. "Thanks to the fine work by BPL staff, BPL now serves Brooklyn better than before. This one card enables library users to quickly and easily check out books, reserve time on computers, pay for printing services and more," Cooper said.

Through the ABC Project, BPL has been the recipient of several national, state and local awards, including Kiosk Magazine's 2004 Public Service Kiosk of the Year, the 2005 New York City Excellence in Technology award for Best Application Serving the Public, the 2005 New York City Citizens' Budget Commission's honorable mention award for innovative technology and, most recently, the 2005 Best of New York award for Best Application Serving the Public for best application serving the public.

BPL staff who form the ABC Project team include John Vitali, Linda Cohen, Michael Giltenane, Mary Graham, Leyvan Jones, Barbara Logan, Dionne Mack, Jeffrey Marable, Selvon Smith, Christine Stenstrom and Roxanne Villette.

BPL is proud to share this honor with co-winner SUNY IT Institute for Local Government for its Digital Towpath Project.

The Best of New York is annual award program that recognizes excellence and outstanding contributions in the area of information technology. Award recipients were selected from entries to the 2005 Best of New York Awards Program. Entries were divided into two categories: Leadership and Project Excellence. Final selections were made based on criteria that included collaboration between agencies, innovative use of technology and the improvement of services to citizens or government employees.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. For more than two decades, the Center and its sister divisions – Government Technology magazine, GTCs and Center for Digital Education – have been providing public-and private-sector leaders with decision support, knowledge and opportunities to help them succeed in 21st century government.

For more information on BPL's ABC PC Reservation and Print System or to schedule an interview with Ginnie Cooper or John Vitali, Deputy Director for Business Administration and Chief Financial Officer of BPL, please contact Ruth A. Wagner, Publicist, Brooklyn Public Library by phone or email: 718.230.2211;

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