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January 24, 2014

National Honor for Skillman: Tops Among College Libraries

Skillman Library has received the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  The award highlights the library’s commitment to digital scholarship, its pioneering of new models for collaborative content acquisition, and the impact of its Information Literacy and Special Collections programs on student learning.  Receiving this award is a national tribute to the library and its staff for outstanding services, programs, and leadership.

The exterior Skillman Library with blue sky and white clouds in the background

Skillman Library

“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,” says Joyce Ogburn, chair of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee. “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.”

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Sponsored by ACRL and YBP Library Services, the annual awards recognize the staffs of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution. Lafayette, the winner in the college division, will receive $3,000 and a plaque, which will be presented at a future award ceremony on 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,” says Neil McElroy, dean of libraries. “While the award 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 library previously received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Interior Architecture, AIA/ALA Library Building Award, and the Boston Society of Architects’ Honor Award for Design Excellence and Higher Education Facilities Design Award.

Many of Skillman’s features and initiatives are highlighted in its comprehensive application document, posted on ACRL’s website

Read more about Skillman Library’s programs and initiatives

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