ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award


In 2014, we were honored to be named an Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winner.

Sponsored by ACRL and YBP Library Services, the award recognizes library staff and programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution. ACRL awards are given out in university, college and community college categories. We were selected in the university category for our innovations in student engagement.

We are the first university library in California to receive the award since it was first given in 2000. We received $3,000 from ACRL to hold an awards ceremony, which was held spring quarter.

Innovations in student engagement

“The committee noted the level of student engagement and partnerships across campus,” said Joyce Ogburn, chair of the 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and dean of libraries at Appalachian State University. “We were taken by the LibRATs (Library Research Assistance Technicians) program, in which highly trained students provide instruction and help other students with research. Among the library’s other innovations are development of a Data Studio to address data literacy and instigation of access to and development of open access textbooks to decrease costs for students.”

Learn by Doing education

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said, “The Kennedy Library is the beating heart of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing education and a nexus for all the disciplines that make up our comprehensive polytechnic curriculum. I am proud of the work our library staff does every day to fulfill this role, and I am thrilled at this recognition of their stellar efforts.”