Library website wins 2013 Digital Government Achievement Award

SACRAMENTO, CA — Sept. 10, 2013 — Multnomah County Library has won the 2013 Digital Government Achievement Award for its new website. e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government announced the winners, recognizing the library website as best in class in the “government-to-citizen, local government” category.

The annual Digital Government Achievement Award contest is held concurrently with the Best of the Web awards contest, which recognizes city, county and state governments for outstanding portals and websites based on innovation, functionality, productivity and performance. The Digital Government Achievement Awards recognize achievements of departments and work groups within government agencies.

The new library website was launched in February 2013, created completely in-house through a close collaboration between Multnomah County Library and the Multnomah County IT Web Applications Team.

More library patrons visit the library online than in person, with more than 6.4 million visits to the library website last year. The new website and catalog interface provide the framework for delivering the library collection and information in all of the languages we serve: Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese. The new website is “responsively designed,” meaning that it works on any web-enabled device. The new site seamlessly integrates with a third-party catalog interface to deliver a richer, seamless experience with the library’s collection.

“Our goal in creating this new site was to provide our patrons with a forward thinking public website that is appealing, effective, secure, scalable and innovative,” said Library Director Vailey Oehlke. “Being recognized as best in class for this work on a national scale is extremely gratifying.”