NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Libraries has been recognized nationally as a recipient of the 2017 Campus Technology Impact Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that are making an extraordinary impact with technology on campus. OU Libraries received recognition in the category of "Education Futurists" for its Innovation @ the Edge project – a leading innovation and maker space within the Bizzell Memorial Library. OU was one of only ten institutions selected nationally from nominations across the nation and one of only two honored with the "Education Futurists" Award.
"I commend OU Libraries, under the leadership of Dean Rick Luce, for this highly deserved recognition," said OU President David L. Boren. "Due to highly innovative and forward-thinking efforts, OU Libraries is a true leader among all university libraries in the nation."
Innovation @ the Edge is a unique experimentation and innovation space providing access to the latest technology tools for use in research, instruction and knowledge creation, including 3D printing, custom virtual reality workstations with the capability for software and data skill development, as well as access to microelectronics kits to support reproducibility of research.
OU Libraries previously received a Campus Technology Impact Award in 2016 when it was recognized for the innovative NavApp, a mobile app that guided users through the library facilities as well as Galileo's World, an "exhibition without walls" that comprised 20 exhibits at seven different locations on OU's three campuses in celebration of the university's 125th anniversary.
"The OU faculty, staff and students have enthusiastically, creatively and collaboratively engaged with the Innovation @ the Edge space located in the Bizzell Memorial Library and are achieving impressive results," said OU Libraries dean Rick Luce. "Faculty are finding student learning and research are enhanced with these technologies."
More information on Innovation @ the Edge can be found on the libraries' website at
https://libraries.ou.edu/edge. Campus Technology magazine will feature all Impact Award recipients in their October 2017 issue.
OU Libraries is the largest research library in Oklahoma, containing more than 6 million volumes and over 4 million other digital and physical resources. The library system consists of the Bizzell Memorial Library, the Library Service Center and branch libraries for fine arts, architecture, engineering and geology. OU Libraries is the intellectual crossroads of the university, representing the collective knowledge of the university and providing research and study assistance to facilitate knowledge creation.