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.