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2014 ACRL Award Winners, Part 2

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2014 ACRL awards. Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website.

2014 ACRL Award Winners, Part 1

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2014 ACRL awards. Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website.

Watch ACRL Insider, social media, and ACRL Update for more award announcements in the coming weeks.

Francine Graf of Choice Receives RUSA’s Louis Shores Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing

Francine Graf, managing editor at Choice, has been selected for the 2014 Louis Shores Award. Awarded by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), The award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, Choice , a unit of ACRL, reviews resources for academic audiences. Graf has worked at Choice since 1982 and has made outstanding contributions to reviewing. During her tenure at Choice, Graf has been a true leader. Graf has been instrumental in Choice Reviews Online from its first iteration. Graf has worked diligently to increase the scope of and access to Choice. Graf was the driving force behind the inclusion of database and website reviews in Choice, she initiated the Internet Resources Newsletter, created the monthly “5 Great Books” feature, and has worked to provide free Choice reviews through social media outlets. Additionally, she is someone her colleagues and readers of Choice continually rely on for guidance and inspiration.

Graf will be presented with the award at the RUSA Achievement Awards at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. More information on the award is available in the RUSA press release.

Congratulations to Fran from her colleagues at ACRL!

2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winners

ACRL is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Illinois Central College Library, East Peoria, Ill.; Lafayette College Skillman Library, Easton, Pa. and Cal Poly State University Robert E. Kennedy Library, San Luis Obispo, Calif.. Sponsored by ACRL and YBP Library Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

“These deserving recipients demonstrate the commitment to student learning, campus outreach, and digital scholarship, with a focus on continuous innovation and integration with the campus community that exemplify today’s best academic and research libraries,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “Receiving an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award is a national tribute to each library and its staff for outstanding services, programs and leadership.”

The Illinois Central College (ICC) Library, winner in the community college category, was chosen for its emphasis on disadvantaged students and staff development.

“Illinois Central is being recognized for an emphasis on students who are disadvantaged and not strong readers, finding approaches to raise the students’ odds of success by getting them to read,” said Joyce Ogburn, chair of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and dean of the libraries at Appalachian State University. “The library also believes in staff development and supports a robust Library Tech training program in the evening and encourages participation in leadership training on campus. They exercise extensive outreach to the campus community and outcomes are demonstrated that go beyond the library. The application was enhanced by telling stories of what happens throughout the day in the life of the library and the users.”

“We feel so honored and humbled to receive this award,” said ICC library director Cate Kaufman. “The ICC’s entire library staff has collaborated in recent years to re-think the delivery of services and the availability of resources we provide our students and the College as a whole. The award re-affirms the importance of those efforts and encourages us to continue to adapt and meet the demands of the ever-changing climate of higher education.”

Skillman Library of Lafayette College, winner of this year’s award in the college category, impressed the selection committee with its digital scholarship experimentation, as well as its pioneering in acquisition models.

“Lafayette College seeks to be a model for other colleges and has been in the forefront on getting grants and experimenting with digital scholarship in the liberal arts setting,” noted Ogburn. “The library implemented new models of acquisitions for journals by combining strategic cancellations with article by article purchase. They led the way for other liberal arts colleges by developing consortial approaches to patron driven acquisitions for ebooks, joining Hathi Trust and implementing the Ithaka faculty survey on their campus.”

“We are greatly honored to be selected by our peers to receive this award, which recognizes not only our library’s innovative work on behalf of Lafayette College but also our strategic collaboration with other colleges and universities,” said Neil J. McElroy, library director at Lafayette College. “While the award nomination highlights our programmatic initiatives and technological innovations, we are mindful that our success has been enabled by those relationships of trust and reciprocity that we’ve been privileged to build with the Lafayette community and colleagues at other institutions over many years. We are deeply pleased and grateful.”

The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly State University, winner in the university category, was selected for its innovations in student engagement.

“Cal Poly State University library uses a thematic approach in their application, documenting their emphasis on being open, inclusive and connected,” said Ogburn. “Their ideas are fresh and appealing across the three areas. The committee noted the level of student engagement and partnerships across campus. We were taken by the LibRATs program, or Library Research Assistance Technicians, where highly trained students provide instruction and help other students with research. Among their other innovations are developing a Data Studio to address data literacy and instigating access to, and development of, open access textbooks to decrease costs for students.”

“It is a true honor to be chosen for this year’s ACRL Excellence Award,” said Anna K. Gold, university librarian at Cal Poly State University. “The Robert E. Kennedy Library’s ‘open, inclusive, connected’ culture reflects the strengths of California Polytechnic State University’s cross-disciplinary excellence. Every person at the Kennedy library works hard to amplify those strengths, through our partnerships with students, staff, and faculty. Many academic libraries are emerging as dynamic campus centers for learning and research, and we are thrilled to be recognized among them this year by our peers, and by this award.”

“All three achieved excellence without the benefit of a new or greatly renovated library,” noted Ogburn. “Each made the most of the resources at hand and capitalized on their staffs energies and talents to blaze new territory or to serve their users in new ways.”

Each winning library will receive $3,000 and a plaque, to be presented at an award ceremony held on each recipient’s campus.

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available on the ACRL website.

About ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at www.acrl.org/, Facebook at www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and metadata services to academic, research and special libraries in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia and the Pacific Rim. GOBI3, YBP’s acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 10 million titles. YBP is located in Contoocook, NH, USA. For more on the company, visit www.ybp.com.

Tim Bucknall Named 2014 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

Tim BucknallTim Bucknall, assistant dean of libraries and head of electronic resources and information technologies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), is the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

Bucknall will receive a $5,000 award during the ACRL President’s Program at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

“Tim Bucknall’s service to the library profession is truly impressive,” noted Laurel Littrell, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and director of library planning and assessment at Kansas State University. “Among his many accomplishments, he founded the Carolina Consortium in 2004, to provide access to library resources for the University of North Carolina system. Tim also created Journal Finder, the first open source link resolver and knowledge base tool, which eventually was picked up by a vendor for wider development and distribution in 2008. Not only has Tim created and developed these tools and services, he also shares his experience and knowledge to others in the profession to assist them in using these as models to benefit library patrons across the country and world.”

“I feel deeply honored to be recognized by ACRL for my professional contributions,” Bucknall said. “Of course, academic librarianship is rarely a solo performance, and none of my accomplishments could have been realized without the support, insight and dedication of my fellow library professionals within North Carolina and across the nation. This award emphasizes that when librarians work together, we can do amazing things. ”

Bucknall is the founder and convener of the Carolina Consortium, an open coalition that enables academic libraries in North Carolina and South Carolina to use their bulk purchasing power to obtain favorable pricing on a variety of electronic resources that are of significant interest to the scholarly community. As a result of Bucknall’s leadership, the consortium includes more than 147 community colleges, public universities and private institutions of higher learning and yields a cost avoidance of more than two hundred thirty million dollars for its members.

Bucknall is also known for his open and inclusive approach to entrepreneurship. In 2000, he developed Journal Finder, the first open URL link resolver and knowledge base to go into production in the United States. Bucknall and his team at UNCG additionally developed NC DOCKS, an institutional repository shared between seven libraries at mainly mid-sized and smaller schools in the University of North Carolina system that provides an affordable repository solution.

His work has allowed libraries to maintain a high level of collection quality, to unite together to curb runaway inflation in serial costs and to leverage cost and usage data across libraries to better effect efficiencies in buying and accessing intellectual content on ever-dwindling collections budgets. Bucknall’s creative, team-driven approach to librarianship; coalition building abilities, especially between the library and conveyor communities; and innovative approach have earned him the respect, trust and admiration of his colleagues in the Carolinas and beyond.

“Tim’s work in building consortia, leveraging e-resources and improving use of information technology are important contributions to the profession,” added ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “I am delighted at his inclusive approach and the value that he places on teamwork and collaboration, traits that are firmly engrained in the ACRL culture.”

Bucknall has shared his knowledge with the academic library community through writing and presenting on technology, online catalogs, electronic resources, serials management issues, open access and more. He has discussed his work at a wide range of conferences including the Charleston Conference, Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) conferences, Electronic Resources and Libraries, the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) conference, Computers in Libraries, ACRL conferences and the ALA Annual Conference.

His publications include Library Technology and User Services: Planning, Integration, and Usability Engineering (with Anthony Chow, 2012), “Usability Engineering and Technology Integration in Libraries” in The International Journal of Science in Society (with Anthony Chow, 2009), “A Comparative Evaluation of Journal Literature Access Options at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro” in Interlending and Document Supply (2009) and “U-Search: A User Study of the CD-ROM Service at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill” in RQ (with Rikki Mangrum, 1998).

Prior to joining UNCG as head of the Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department in 1994, Bucknall served as electronic services librarian at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) from 1989 to 1994. He received the North Carolina Library Association RTSS Significant Achievement Award in 2001 and was named a 2006 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.

Bucknall received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas-Austin in 1985, and earned his M.L.I.S. (1989) and M.A. in Art History (1993) from UNC-CH.

The ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award dates back to 1978, and recent award winners include Patricia Iannuzzi (2013); Paula T. Kaufman (2012); Janice Welburn (2011); Maureen Sullivan (2010); Gloriana St. Clair (2009); Peter Hernon (2008); Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson (2007); Ray English (2006); Ravindra Nath (R. N.) Sharma (2005); Tom Kirk (2004); Ross Atkinson, (2003); Shelley Phipps (2002) and Larry Hardesty (2001).

For more information regarding the award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

About ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at www.acrl.org/, Facebook at www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and metadata services to academic, research and special libraries in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia and the Pacific Rim. GOBI3, YBP’s acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 10 million titles. YBP is located in Contoocook, NH, USA. For more on the company, visit www.ybp.com.

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