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Susan K. Nutter Named 2016 ACRL Academic / Research Librarian of the Year

Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of libraries at North Carolina State University (NCSU), is the 2016 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.

Nutter will receive a $5,000 award during the ACRL President’s Program at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 26, 2016, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“A primary criterion of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award is to demonstrate a lasting impact on the academic library profession, and Susan Nutter has more than exceeded that standard,” said Penny Beile, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and associate director for information services and scholarly communication at the University of Central Florida Libraries. “Susan defined a vision for the library of the future, and went on to implement it through the physical transformation of the NCSU Libraries, with its pinnacle being the technology-rich and user-centered James B. Hunt, Jr. Library. As one nominator stated, her vision has reinvigorated ‘…the very idea of a library’s centrality to its campus community.’”

“I don’t know that I can adequately express just what this award means to me,” Nutter said. “Throughout my entire career, I have tried to make the academic/research library strategic and essential to the university’s mission and competitiveness, to make a real difference for faculty and student success, and to contribute in a powerful way to the development of the next generations of librarians and library leaders. To be successful in doing this is what brings me the greatest joy.”

Over the course of her nearly thirty-year tenure at NCSU, Nutter has been a visionary, outwardly-focused leader committed to demonstrating and heightening the value of the library in higher education. She raised the profile of the library on her campus, integrating innovative library services into the fabric of the university’s academic and research agendas, and elevating the reputation of the NCSU Libraries locally, regionally, and nationally. Under her leadership, the NCSU Libraries received the first ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university library category in 2000.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Nutter was the driving force behind the planning, development, and construction of NCSU’s renowned James B. Hunt, Jr. Library. Opened in January 2013, the Hunt Library is NCSU’s second main library, as well as the intellectual and social center of Centennial Campus. Widely praised for its innovative services, technologies, and use of space, the Hunt Library reflects Nutter’s longstanding belief that it is the priorities and practices of the university that must shape the spaces and offerings of the library. Due to her efforts, the Hunt Library was awarded the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries in 2014 and serves a model for other institutions looking to develop innovative learning and research spaces.

“Susan Nutter epitomizes the innovative, visionary spirit of the academic and research library community,” noted ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “She has been a tireless advocate for libraries, giving countless presentations and interviews sharing the success of the Hunt Library in order to inspire others to greatness. The efforts and innovations championed by Susan at NCSU are a major factor in changing the public perception of the modern library.”

An active member of ALA and ACRL, Nutter also served as president of the Association of Research Libraries (1993); member (1987-1992) and chair (1990-1991) of the SOLINET Board of Directors; member (1995-1998) and secretary (1996-1997) of the Center for Research Libraries Board of Directors; and member of the Digital Library Federation Steering Committee (1998- present). She is also a member of the Triangle Research Libraries Network Governing Board, where she has served several terms as chair.

Nutter’s wide array of personal awards includes receiving the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Alumni Achievement Award (1995), the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (1999), and being named Library Journal‘s Librarian of the Year in 2005. The NCSU Student Government honored her with its first Jenny Chang Outstanding Student Service Award in 2008. Under her leadership, the NCSU Libraries also received the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award in 1990 and 2014.

Prior to joining NCSU in 1987, Nutter held various positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, including serving as associate director for collections management and technical services from 1980-1987. She additionally served as a Council on Library Resources Academic Library Management Intern at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1979-1980).

Nutter received her B.A. in American Literature from Colby College (1966) and M.S.L.S. from Simmons College (1968).

The ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award dates back to 1978, and recent award winners include Robert A. Seal (2015); Tim Bucknall (2014); 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 11,000 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 http://www.acrl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries throughout the world. GOBI, YBP’s acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 13 million titles. YBP has 300 employees with customers in 63 countries and is headquartered in Contoocook, N.H., USA. For more on the company, visit www.ybp.com.

2016 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winners Announced

ACRL announces the recipients of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Hudson County Community College Library, Jersey City, New Jersey; Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library, Saint Paul, Minnesota; and the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta, Georgia. 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 three deserving recipients demonstrate commitment to student learning, information literacy, and assessment, with a focus on continuous innovation and engagement with the campus community, that exemplifies today’s best academic and research libraries,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. 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 Hudson County Community College Library, winner in the community college category, impressed the committee with its impact on student learning, campus technology, and outreach services.

“Hudson County Community College Library staff demonstrated a clear focus on students through their active social media outreach, inclusion of students on their advisory board, and various other collaborative efforts in which students are involved,” said Trevor Dawes, chair of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. “The library staff has done and impressive job at incorporating information literacy components across all General Education courses, resulting in a positive impact on student learning. Additionally, the library has demonstrated technology leadership across the campuses through the use of various services, such as the iPad cart and the makerspace. The solutions to meet campus needs are both high-tech and low-tech, based on the needs of the constituents.”

“Receiving this award is a great honor for our library and our college,” said Hudson County Community College Associate Dean for College Libraries Carol Van Houten. “Our achievements are the direct result of having a dedicated and creative library staff who truly care about our students. We are so happy to be recognized as an outstanding community college library!”

DeWitt Wallace Library of Macalester College, winner of this year’s award in the college category, was chosen for its assessment, collaboration, and diversity initiatives and efforts.

“Macalester College impressed the committee with its use of data gathered from various assessment initiatives, including an ethnographic study, to drive their progress, leading to greater impact on their campus,” noted Dawes. “The DeWitt Wallace Library’s variety of collaborative relationships, such as those with IT and the Center for Scholarship and Teaching, among many others both on and off campus, was quite noteworthy.”

“The library’s partnership with AdvanceIT Minnesota to encourage greater female participation in STEM fields is to be commended,” Dawes added. “The program goals are to increase ‘the diversity of the future Information Technology workforce, to empower girls to engage in STEM education and fields, to bring higher education and college to the forefront for those who may need that exposure, and to create a community among girls and young women as they prepare for college and the workforce.’”

“I was absolutely thrilled when ACRL President Ann Campion Riley called me with the news,” said Terri Fishel, library director at Macalester College. “I have the pleasure of working with extremely talented, creative, and dedicated people, and this is affirmation for every one of them because each and every one contributes so much every day. I am delighted to have their work recognized by receiving this distinguished award. Thanks so much to the members of the selection committee.”

The Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center, winner in the university category, was selected for transformative change in innovative services and programs.

“While many of us are challenged by relationships with one group of administrators, faculty, and students, the Atlanta University Center manages to effectively support the teaching, learning and research at four different institutions, deftly managing those relationships,” said Dawes. “The library has made a huge turnaround in services and programs, using assessment and data as an important component of their continuous improvement process.”

“The library strives to be characterized by innovative thinking,” Dawes continued. “Whether it’s having librarians certified in instructional design and helping faculty become excellent users of technology in their courses, developing a ‘recruit for tomorrow’ program, or having a robot ‘staff member’ provide assistance to the user community.”

“The Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library is thrilled to be selected for this ACRL award,” said Loretta Parham, CEO and director of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library. “To be recognized for our demonstrated dedication to excellence and professional services is a validation of the collective efforts of a great library team. As a single library that is shared by the academic members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, we are honored to work in support of student and faculty success and cultural preservation. We are truly appreciative of this recognition from ACRL.”

“While it may sound cliché, the final decision in each category was very difficult,” Dawes noted. “In the end, all of the nominated libraries do outstanding work for their constituents.”

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.

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About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) 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 provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries throughout the world. GOBI, YBP’s acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 13 million titles. YBP has 300 employees with customers in 63 countries and is headquartered in Contoocook, N.H., USA. For more on the company, visit www.ybp.com.

ACRL Seeks Nominations for 2016 Awards

Santa Fe College Excellence in Academic Library Award Ceremony

Last year, ACRL celebrated its 75th anniversary of advancing learning and transforming scholarship in the higher education community. A major part of this celebration included honoring the outstanding achievements of academic and research librarians. Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of ACRL’s awards, grants, and fellowships enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship. This year, ACRL once again seeks to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of its peers.

Members are an integral part of ACRL’s successful awards program. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian, and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Member nominations will ensure that the pool of candidates for each award remains both competitive and distinguished. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 4, 2015.

Outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards are:

  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (sponsored by YBP Library Services), recognizes academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions. A $3,000 award is given for each type of library (e.g. college, community college, and university).
  • Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (sponsored by YBP Library Services), awards $5,000 and recognizes an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession.
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (sponsored by ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA and LITA), provides a cash award and recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, development and research.
  • Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award (sponsored by SAGE-CQ Press), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
  • Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award (sponsored by the ACRL Instruction Section), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
  • Instruction Section Innovation Award (sponsor pending), honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities. Deadline: November 30, 2015.
  • College Libraries Section Innovation in College Librarianship Award (sponsor pending), honors librarians who demonstrate a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services, and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.
  • Community College Learning Resources Leadership/Library Achievement Awards (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services), recognizes outstanding achievement in library programs and leadership. The awards will be presented to two recipients, who will each receive $750.
  • Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award (sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group), provides a $1,200 conference sponsorship award to honor any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Career Achievement, recognizes an individual librarian for career achievement in the area of women and gender studies librarianship.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement, honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • University Libraries Section Outstanding Professional Development Award, (sponsored by Library Juice Academy): $1,000 award to recognize librarians, archivists or curators whose contributions to providing professional development opportunities for librarians have been especially noteworthy or influential.

Publication awards are:

  • Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards, (sponsored by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, American Book Prices Current) recognizes outstanding catalogues published by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions. Deadline: October 15, 2015.
  • Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, (sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing) awards $3,000 to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment that was published in the last two years. Deadline: November 30, 2015.
  • Science and Technology Section Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences, this biennial award is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science. Deadline: December 2, 2016.

Research award:

  • WESS-SEES De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant, (sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research): provides a €2,500 grant to support research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics.

More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL website or by contacting ACRL Program Coordinator Chase Ollis at (312) 280-2521.

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