We are proud to repost from ACRL Insider:
“The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award – Walla Walla Community College Library, Walla Walla, Wash.; Rollins College Olin Library, Winter Park, Fla. and Villanova University Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova, Pa. 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.
…Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, winner in the university category, was selected for its continuous innovation in serving the university’s mission through an organizational structure built around teams and work groups and collaborative philosophy.
‘Through true collaboration across all levels of the organization, Falvey Memorial Library has leveraged expertise and enthusiasm to engage itself in serving all aspects of Villanova University’s mission,’ said Lisa Hinchliffe. ‘The Learning Commons furthers this philosophy by integrating library services and resources with other campus educational centers in support of student learning and the additional event spaces create a true public forum for the intellectual life. The library’s work in digital initiatives, particularly the partnerships with other Catholic universities and the creation of VuFind, demonstrates the commitment to working collaboratively with the broader library profession. VuFind is a quintessential example of local work having global impact.’
‘We are thrilled to receive this recognition for the achievements of Falvey Memorial Library,’ said Joseph Lucia, university librarian at Villanova University. ‘The ACRL Excellence Award represents for us the highest level of peer endorsement of our efforts to create an innovative ‘commons-centered’ model for academic library service and success in the digital era. There are many extraordinary academic libraries doing many creative things at this time so it is difficult to stand out from the pack. We are truly honored to have been selected.’
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.”
Lisa Hinchliffe is chair of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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