Purdue University Libraries has been awarded the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Purdue is one of three academic libraries—a community college, college, and university library—being recognized by ACRL this year for “programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.”
Purdue is being honored for its many “outstanding initiatives,” including information literacy, library spaces, course redesign with faculty, research data services, and research travel grants for faculty. Steven Bell, chair of the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee, said, “Purdue University Libraries succeeds by being experimental, taking risks, innovating, and leveraging collaboration with their faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to push the boundaries of what research university libraries can accomplish for their community, locally and globally.”
The other 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award winners are Santa Fe College’s Lawrence W. Tyree Library in Gainesville, Florida, in the community college category and Amherst College’s Frost Library in Amherst, Massachusetts, in the college category.