ACRL Excellence Award

award winning library staffThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, sponsored by ACRL and YBP Library Services, recognizes the staff of one college, one university, and one community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

  "This year's award recipients exemplify the commitment of today's academic and research librarians to providing quality, innovative student learning experiences," 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 Champlain College Library, winner of this year's award in the college category, impressed the selection committee with its nontraditional approach to instruction and positive student-driven environment.  

"The library's small but mighty staff have a big impact on campus, and they have fun as well, fostering community through inventive social and cultural events," noted Lori Goetsch, chair of the award selection committee. "The campus has adopted technology and information literacy as a core competency, and the library provides leadership through an information literacy program that is incremental, inquiry-based, embedded in the core curriculum and assessed through established rubrics. Surveys indicate that students have come to recognize the technology and information literacy core competency as most important to their academic success. It is clear that these librarians love what they do and spark creativity by working as team."  

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Videography and production by Nick Stefani   

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