Fast Pitch Competition

by | Nov 9, 2018 | 0 comments

The Fast Pitch competition is sponsored by The Goodall Family Foundation, headed by Steve Goodall, Founder and President and retired CEO of J.D. Power and Associates, a leading market research firm specializing in customer satisfaction and buyer behavior.

Modeled on venture capital funding competitions, the Charleston Fast Pitch Competition provides two monetary awards of $2,500 to further support the development and implementation of compelling library innovations. Finalists present their projects to a panel of judges and Charleston Conference attendees for feedback and to determine the two grand prize winners. After each contestant’s presentation, the judges asked them questions, and then at the conclusion of all four presentations, they decided on the winner of the judges’ award. While the judges were deliberating, audience members voted for their selection of a winner of the audience award.

Fast Pitch Judges

Fast Pitch Judges (L-R) Jim O’Donnell, Rebecca Seger, Kent Anderson

Judges were Kent Anderson, CEO of RedLink; Jim O’Donnell, University Librarian, Arizona State University; and Rebecca Seger, Senior Director, Institutional Sales, Americas, Oxford University Press.

Finalists were:

  • Molly Rainard, Auraria Library
  • Devin Savage, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Rob O’Connell: Smith College Libraries
  • Michael Young, University of Connecticut

Here are summaries of the four presentations:

Molly Rainard: Streaming ILL Video Resources (SILLVR): Over 92% of students are using streaming video, and because of the demand, libraries are accepting restrictive licenses. There are no conditions for providing interlibrary loan (ILL) for video. SILLVR remedies this and provides sharing within copyright. Some libraries do not buy videos but would favorable to using them through ILL.

Fetch Counter

Devin Savage: Fetch Counter: website application to gather COUNTER statistics.

Smith Inventory System

Rob O’Connell: Tools to transfer 1.2 million volumes in 3 months to a new library building. There was nothing suitable for their needs, so they built the Smith Inventory System (SIS) to scan bar codes and track where the items are in the collection. It works without Wi-Fi. For further information, click here.

Michael Young

Michael Young

Michael Young: Charles VR: a reconstruction of early modern European and Latin American cultural resources.

Charles VR Testimonials

The judges’ unanimous winner was Devin Savage, and the audience winner was Rob O’Connell.

Smith College winner

Illinois Institute of Technology winner

Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain. He also maintains the Conference Calendar on the Information Today website and is the Editor of Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, published by Information Today in 2013, and Co-Editor of Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits, published by Information Today in 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the information industry for over 45 years.

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