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White October wins Nominet Award for library website.

PUBLISHED: 15:23 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:23 18 July 2013

Nominet Awards l-r Ben Foxall Dave Fletcher Mariana Mota and Chris Jones accept their award

Nominet Awards l-r Ben Foxall Dave Fletcher Mariana Mota and Chris Jones accept their award


Oxford web developer White October has won a Nominet Internet Award for its Library Challenge, the library budget simulator the firm created for Lambeth Council.

Oxford-based Nominet, one of the world’s leading internet registry companies, runs the awards annually to celebrate the achievements and innovation of UK internet initiatives. Now in their seventh year, the awards showcase projects that help to make the internet a more secure, open and accessible experience.

Lambeth Library Challenge won for its impact on the nature of conversations between Lambeth Council and residents, its technical prowess, creativity and ability to educate and engage people.

Dave Fletcher, White October managing director, said: “We are delighted for Lambeth Council because they are so committed to finding new ways of engaging residents in the decisions about public services.

“We are very proud to have created Lambeth Library Challenge. As well as making a real difference in Lambeth, it now has the prestigious accolade of being a Nominet award winner.”

Lambeth Library Challenge

Faced with the need to continue to improve services while absorbing a 25% budget cut, Lambeth Council looked for new ways to work with residents to face this challenge, and to make decisions about how to spend the libraries budget.

The result is Lambeth Library Challenge. Created by Oxford web developer White October this richly illustrated, interactive budget simulator enables residents to ‘build their own library.’ Decisions are based on real budget data, so people can realistically choose how they would allocate funds for items such as staff, books and cleaning in order to deliver a library service.

Fun and engaging to use, the Challenge gives people an insight into how budgets are allocated and the often hard choices to be made. It also gathers vital feedback for the Council from residents.

Gareth Edmundson, Lambeth Council Cooperative Services Manager, Culture & Communities, adds: “The app has helped us to open a better dialogue with residents, which will help to improve the service. Specifically, as e-books are becoming more popular, it is interesting to see the split between what people spend on paper books vs e-books.

“As a library service we are looking at ways at how we select books and materials on shelves and online. Certainly the app has helped inform these decisions.”

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