The RIT Libraries have received the 2006 Excellence in Academic
Libraries Award sponsored by Blackwell’s Book Services
and The Association of College and Research Libraries, a division
of the American Library Association.
RIT is the first in the Rochester region and only the second
library in New York state to earn this distinction. The award
recognizes the staff of a university, college or community college
library for programs delivering exemplary services and resources
to further the educational mission of an institution, and acknowledges
staff collaboration and innovation.
“We are proud to be
the recipients of this award, not only for what the staff at
RIT Libraries has already accomplished, but also in recognition
for what we are doing right,” says
Chandra McKenzie, assistant provost and director, RIT Libraries. “Our
library’s organizational culture is such that we challenge
ourselves to find a way to do better every day, even with the
things that are working well.”
Cornell University, North Carolina State University, the University
of Arizona, the University of Virginia, Loyola University (New
Orleans) and the University of Washington are previous recipients.
The award carries a $3,000 prize and a plaque, which will be
presented to President Albert Simone at an award ceremony at
on May 12.
Wallace Library, which houses the Melbert B. Cary
Jr. Graphic Arts Collection and the RIT Archives and Special
Collections, is a multimedia resource center with a collection
of more than 350,000 books and 2,900 print journal subscriptions.