May 23, 2022

Stanford Libraries Announces Winner of 2014 Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SIPRL)

Congrats to the team at North Carolina State University Libraries’ James B. Hunt Jr. Library, this year’s SIPRL winner.

Also, congrats to those receiving commendations of merit:

From the Stanford Libraries Announcement:

North Carolina State University Libraries’ James B. Hunt Jr. Library was chosen as this year’s winner for the creative and bold vision that went into designing an innovative model for a research library as a high-technology research platform. “The multi-faceted planning and execution of the Hunt library space(s) as laboratory for research and research infrastructure has been brilliantly conceived and implemented,” said SPIRL judge, Richard Luce.

With its colorful and comfortable study spaces, bookBot—the 2-million-volume automated storage an retrieval system, a state-of-the-art teaching and visualization lab and creativity studio, Luce believes the Hunt Library experiment is highly relevant to every research library today. “As libraries think deeply about and plan for the implications of the paradigm shifts we are experiencing, the Hunt Library can serve as exemplar, both in terms of cyber-infrastructure and associated services, as well as in facility planning,” notes Luce.


The judges also awarded commendations of merit to Harvard Law Library’s LibraryCloud and StackLife and the National Institute for Informatics’ JAIRO Cloud.

Established last year by Stanford Libraries, SPIRL showcases the programs, projects, and/or new or improved services that benefit readers and users. “One of the many reasons we decided to conduct this prize competition was to make it possible for really innovative libraries to get some much deserved attention to their most advanced work,” said Michael Keller, university librarian at Stanford.

All Entries

Here’s a list of all entrants/projects (with submission materials) for 2014.


  • Elisabeth Niggemann, Chief Judge
    Generaldirektorin, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
  • Dame Lynne Brindley
    Master of Pembroke College, Oxford
  • Charles Henry
    President, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Richard E. Luce
    Associate Vice-President, Professor, and Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma
  • Ann Okerson
    Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, Center for Research Libraries
  • Bruno Racine
    President, Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Dongfang Shao
    Chief, Asian Division, Library of Congress
  • Karin Wittenborg
    University Librarian, University of Virginia

See Also: Stanford Innovation in Research Libraries Info Page (Eligibility, Judging Criteria)

See Also: 2013 Winners of the SIPRL

Selection of Previous Posts About Hunt Library and Shelf Life

Hunt Library 

ShelfLife and LibraryCloud

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