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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 RIT 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.