2012 Innovative Use of Technology Award: SIT Graduate Institute & SIT Study Abroad

GoAbroad Innovative Use of Technology


During the 2012 NAFSA Conference and Expo, the GoAbroad Team was pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Innovation Awards. As part of a continued effort to recognize the hard work and dedication this year’s nominees, GoAbroad will be sharing individual features of the 2012 GoAbroad Innovation Awards finalists over the coming weeks. This week, we are thrilled to bring you the Innovative Use of Technology finalists!


Please join us in congratulating the following Finalist (and Winner!) of the Innovative Use of Technology Award:


SIT Study Abroad

SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad



LibGuides is a popular, easy to use, web 2.0 library knowledge sharing system. It is used by librarians to make the resources and services of a campus library available remotely through attractive multimedia content, knowledge and information sharing, and the promotion of library resources to the community. With students studying abroad at over 65+ sites around the world, SIT has adapted LibGuides to the unique demands of our students. Pamela Contakos, former Director of Libraries and Academic Resources at the SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad, tailored LibGuides to SIT student needs by creating user friendly navigation, allowing students to browse by subject, SIT graduate program, SIT Study Abroad program, and popular tags.


Students can communicate instantly with library staff via online chat, text, tweet, or phone call. Additionally, Contakos launched SIT’s first mobile app for the SIT library, enabling library access anytime/anywhere. Both the online version and LibGuides mobile app offer easy-to-use search features and the ability to view ebooks and digital collections, place holds, and make reservations instantly.


Congratulations to SIT Graduate Institute and SIT Study Abroad for being selected as the 2012 Winner of the Innovative Use of Technology Award!

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