2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winners

CONTOOCOOK, NH ‐ February 7, 2012 ‐ The recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and YBP Library Services are the Seattle Community College (SCCC) Library; Champlain College Library, Burlington, Vermont and the Grand Valley State University (GSVU) Libraries, Allendale, Michigan. The award recognizes the staff of a community, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.

The Seattle Central Community College Library, winner in the community college category, was chosen for its team support for student learning through innovative information literacy offerings.

"The award committee was impressed with SCCC's online course, Research for the 21st Century, which is now part of the state's online learning consortium, Washington Online," said Lori Goetsch, Chair of the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University. "Recognizing that community college students are often juggling busy schedules between school and work, they are making innovative use of the campus courseware system to provide 'Info in Action' one-credit courses that allow students to take advantage of information literacy instruction in smaller segments."

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," Goetsch noted. "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."

Grand Valley State University Libraries, winner in the university category, was selected for the collaborative and effective approach taken to restructuring the library organization and build an innovative, agile and flexible team-based organization that is responsive to changing user needs.

"Rather than succumbing to the very difficult economic conditions in Michigan, this 'reinvented' library has been successful in garnering the strong support of university administration for a $70 million project to build a new library and information commons that will open in 2013," Goetsch noted. "Reorganization has also enabled librarians to focus on information literacy initiatives that have led to the development of core competencies and scalable rubrics for assessment. One of these rubrics, 'Research Guidance Rubric,' is directed at faculty to assist them in developing effective research assignments for their students. Based in its success at GVSU, this rubric has been adopted by other libraries."

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

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