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The Jodi Award 2015 presented to the e-library of the Finnish Association of the Deaf

The Jodi Awards 2015 were presented to the Finnish Association of the Deaf, Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Edinburgh City Libraries by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton DBE at a ceremony at the British Library on Wednesday 20 May.

The Jodi Awards 2015 have demonstrated their growing global appeal with an international trio of winners. Edinburgh City Library, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Finnish Association of the Deaf are this year´s recipients of the prestigious Jodi Awards, which reward innovation and excellence in the use of digital media to widen access to museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives.

The Awards, this year presented by Baroness Campbell at an evening ceremony at the British Library, are now in their 11th year, and were originally set up in celebration of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001), who during her career at the British Museum and RNIB championed inclusivity for disabled people.
The 2015 winners list includes two innovative and inclusive library services and a groundbreaking new museum promoting worldwide discussion about human rights.

Edinburgh City Libraries

Edinburgh City Libraries supports through new technology the information, learning and employment needs of its blind and partially-sighted users, whilst also linking them to community initiatives and social activity. The project has resulted in over 100 new users to the library service and new classes and reading groups have formed through connections made.

The Judges praised the proactivity and dedication of all involved in the project, and were especially impressed with the growth of the service in a short space of time.

The Finnish Association of the Deaf

The Finnish Association of the Deaf received an award in recognition of its pioneering new service, The Sign Language eLibrary of Finland. At its launch, this project made available 250 filmed sign language versions of books, and between one and three videos are added to the collection each week. The sign language eLibrary has been accepted as part of the library network in Finland. Not only does it support access to information in sign language, but it strengthens the identity of sign language users and brings Deaf culture to the fore.

Judges praised the national scale of this new project, and commended the positive role it plays in bridging gaps between communities.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights won an award for its commitment to complete accessibility in every aspect. The museum, located in Winnipeg, opened to the public in September 2014, and through 47,000 square feet of digitally rich mixed-media installations invites visitors to explore the subject of human rights, promoting respect for others and encouraging reflection and dialogue.

Judges praised the focus on seamless integration across the site, acknowledging that this museum stands out as a beacon of excellence in digital inclusivity, not only in Canada but worldwide.

Chair of the Awards trustees, Ross Parry, expressed his delight that the standard of entries to the 2015 Jodi Awards was yet again so high, and he thanked the British Library for hosting the presentation event, and our sponsor Handle Recruitment, whose generous support enabled the 2015 Jodi Awards to be held in style.

Further information is available on the Jodi Awards website.

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