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Case Western Reserve University Wins ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award 2019

exterior view of Kelvin Smith Library
Kelvin Smith Library, image © CWRU

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has selected Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) Kelvin Smith Library to receive the 2019 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category.

ACRL is honoring CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library for “its collaborative approach to problem solving.” Irene M.H. Herold, chair of the 2019 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and librarian of the college at the College of Wooster, said:

Noteworthy among numerous reported activities were the Freedman Fellowship for Digital Scholarship program, using space assessment data to make changes in support of student success, and its National Personal Librarian Conference. The library not only embodies their strategic plan goals of “research,” “learn,” and “experience” in everything they do, but also is user feedback driven to “continuously redesign the library to ensure that new generations of students continue to respond positively so that they see the library as being their library.”

Case Western Reserve University is one of three institutions—a college, a community college, and a university—being recognized with the Excellence in Academic Libraries award this year. Of the 20 university library recipients of this award since the program started in 2000, 12 have been Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members, including CWRU.

For more information, see the January 23, 2019, ACRL Insider post, “2019 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Winners Announced.”