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ACRL Seeks Nominations for 2015 Awards

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of ACRL, an achievement made possible by the efforts of its leaders and members serving the higher education community. As ACRL celebrates its milestone of commitment to advancing learning and transforming scholarship, it also continues to celebrate the achievements of outstanding academic and research librarians. Made possible by generous corporate support totaling nearly $35,000, the annual presentation of ACRL’s prestigious awards, grants and fellowships enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship.

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 5, 2014.

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 (sponsored by ProQuest), honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities. The winners will share a $3,000 award.
  • College Libraries Section ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award (sponsored by ProQuest), provides a $3,000 award for 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 $500.
  • 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.

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, 2014.
  • Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, (sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited) awards $3,000 to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment that was published in the last two years.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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