Awards & Recognition

The 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.

The Champlain College Library, winner of this award for the college category in 2012, impressed the selection committee with its nontraditional approach to instruction and positive student-driven environment. "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 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 a team."

Champlain College Library staff all holding or touching a glass award
Members of the Library Team, including Library Director Janet Cottrell (far left), celebrate winning the ACRL Excellence Award.

Additional Recognition

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant (2018). Presented to Emily Crist, Sean Leahy, and Alan Carbery by the American Library Association. This study involves the repeated collection of real-time data on student behaviors over the course of a project in order to uncover a more realistic assessment of student thoughts, actions, and behaviors as they conduct research.

Academic Library Impact Research Grant (2018). Presented to Nick Faulk and Emily Crist by the Value of Academic Libraries Committee, Association of College and Research Libraries. This project seeks to identify online student and faculty preferences for and barriers to communication with the library.

John Lavallee Innovation Award. (2014) Presented to members of the Teaching Librarians Team: Andrew Burkhardt, Alan Carbery, Sean Leahy, Paula Olson, Brenda Racht, & Lindsay Rae, by Champlain College.

AGLS 2010 Exemplary Program Award. Presented to Champlain College on October 8, 2010, by the Association for General and Liberal Studies in recognition of our curriculum-embedded information literacy assessment program.

Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences Award. (2009). Presented to Champlain College Library at Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), University of Cardiff, Wales, March 29-April 1, 2009, for an outstanding contribution to the Inquiry-based Learning and Information Literacy strand at LILAC 2009.

LYRASIS NextGen Librarian Award, 2010. Presented to Andrew Burkhardt by LYRASIS.

ACRL Member of the Week. Presented to Sarah Faye Cohen by the Association of College Research Libraries.