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Apps for Library Idea Challenge 2011

Solve users' problems, collaborate with fellow librarians, win prizes and make your dream app a reality

June 01, 2011

Max Berenstein describes the Apps for Library Idea Challenge

Every day librarians solve a multitude of challenges to get their users the best information and resources to address specific needs in a timely manner. But what if certain solutions take more resources than you have on hand or an expertise that is not readily available? An app on SciVerse might be the answer.

Elsevier launched the Apps for Library Idea Challenge to engage the global librarian community in a discussion about real user problems and generate ideas for apps that can solve them.

From May 13 to September 2, 2011, Elsevier invites you to submit concepts for apps that:

  • Solve real problems or address an unmet need for librarians or the SciVerse users you support
  • Apply broadly across institutions by solving a general problem, not a unique one for a single institution
  • Leverage content from SciVerse, your own institutions or any other sources

In September, an international panel of judges will select 10 finalists, and their app ideas will be announced on the Challenge website. Registered users of the website will then be able to comment on the app ideas to improve them or make them more broadly applicable, and ultimately, vote for the ones they feel add the most value.

Two grand prize winners will be selected, one by the judges and the other by the community, and each will receive €750 (about $1,000 USD). In addition, all entrants and commenters will be entered into drawings for prizes. Elsevier will explore developing the winning app ideas and will feature them in an Elsevier library journal as well as a future issue of the Library Connect Newsletter.

After the Challenge closes, all eligible app ideas will be posted online and provided to the SciVerse Developer Network, guiding developers to real problems that apps could address. The SciVerse Applications team will encourage the developer community to connect with the entrants and develop their ideas.

For more details about the Challenge, including the official rules, and to submit your app idea, visit