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Written by on February 10, 2014

Team Kennedy Library scores the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Kennedy Library is the 2014 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Are we excited? We certainly are.

For those who may not know, ACRL grants this award to libraries that strive towards the university’s mission as a team. Kennedy Library’s application showcased the many players involved in the “open, inclusive, and connected” dynamic between staff, faculty, and students.

The perks of being a SLACer

During my time as a member and Chair of the Student Library Advisory Council (SLAC), I’ve always been impressed by how library staff and faculty prioritize students.

SLAC plays an important role in bringing students and faculty together. While it is awesome to get a behind-the-scenes peek of library projects, SLAC’s direct collaboration with staff is one of the best parts of being on the council. This partnership with SLAC advisors Sarah Cohen, Jesse Vestermark, and Laura Sorvetti has led to tremendous achievements—from the SLAC annual winter survey to creative projects to make the library a more comfy space.

I thought I knew how much Kennedy Library cared about students, but their high regards of student voice continues to surprise me. Back in December, University Librarian Anna K. Gold asked the SLAC executive members to write support of Kennedy Library’s nomination for the ACRL award.

SLACers on the staircase

SLAC members 2013-2014

Dear ACRL, students love Kennedy Library

After browsing the ACRL award criteria and looking up past winners, I got nervous.

Vice Chair Mike Shaw, Secretary Ryan Bitter and I wanted to write the perfect letter. It was the little we could do after all the opportunities the library has provided us through SLAC. After reminiscing over our many memories in SLAC, the letter sounded a bit like a letter of love for Kennedy Library. As cheesy as it sounds, it was an honest appreciation.

We won.

A month after writing the letter, Anna broke the news to us during a SLAC meeting: We won.

I think one of the reasons Kennedy Library stands out is because the staff acknowledge that the library team—family—wouldn’t be complete without students.

Thank you Kennedy Library, for allowing students to be a part of this wonderful achievement.

Upon receiving the ACRL award, Kennedy Library looks onward. I can’t wait to see how we can continue to build openness, inclusiveness, and connections at Kennedy Library together.

For more information about ACRL, the award, and past winners visit here.

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