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ZSR wins ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award!

Monday, January 10, 2011 9:36 am

Think BCS or NCAA championship. Seriously. Think Super Bowl. Yesterday, I received a call at home from the President of the Association of College and Research Libraries informing me that ZSR was the 2011 recipient of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the highest national honor that an academic library can achieve. Previous winners are Indiana University, Minnesota, McMaster (in Canada), Georgia Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology, Virginia, Washington, Loyola New Orleans, Cornell, Arizona and NC State. Good company!

This is for you, all past and present ZSR staffers including, and especially, Rhoda Channing. The award is meant to recognize the accomplishments of librarians and library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. That is the essence of ZSR; no one does it better. We don’t have much money, we do it all from the heart.

Susan and Lauren Pressley put together a fabulous application, complete with website. To learn more about the award, look here. The award winners will be announced from the ALA Conference in San Diego today, with the official press release coming from ALA either tomorrow or next Tuesday. A gala celebration will be held on campus sometime in the spring when the award will be formally presented by the ACRL President.

It doesn’t get any better than this.



5 Responses to “ZSR wins ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award!”

  1. Congratulations Lynn and all of ZSR!

  2. We all knew ZSR was special-and this is confirmation!

  3. It wasn’t hard writing the nomination because of all the marvelous topics we had to work with! It was quickly evident that the excellence that is ZSR comes from its staff and that everyone has a part in it day by day, and as Lynn points out, year after year! I do want to thank Kevin for his web “container” design which showcased the nomination so beautifully and Roz, who gave the nomination document a final “fine tooth comb” edit. And Lynn won’t blow her own horn, but it is her leadership that has guided all of us along the way. Thanks, Lynn.

  4. I echo all the sentiments here. We are an awesome staff, truly dedicated to the needs of our faculty, staff and students. I feel it every day. I’m thrilled for us all. Thanks to Lynn for her great leadership and Susan and Lauren P for writing up the final document for our recognition.

  5. I’ve had limited access to internet, so I’m finally getting a chance to respond. This is so incredibly exciting! We all know we work at a great library, and it’s amazing for ZSR to get this type of recognition. As Susan said, writing the nomination wasn’t hard because there is so much innovative, creative, and thoughtful work going on in our library. And Lynn makes it all possible. THANK YOU, Lynn!

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