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Loyola University's Monroe Library winner of 2003 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Loyola press release - February 26, 2003

Loyola University’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library has won one of the 2003 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, given by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Blackwell’s Book Services. The award recognizes the staff of a college, university, and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution. Other winners are the City College of San Francisco’s Louise and Claude Rosenberg, Jr., Library & Learning Resource Center and Baruch College’s Newman Library.

“Receiving an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award is a national tribute to a library and its staff for the outstanding services, programs and leadership they provide to their students, administrators, faculty, and community,” said Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL executive director.

Loyola University, winner of the university category, was recognized for the way its staff has reinvented the library, not only with regard to the quality and quantity of information resources, but in terms of basic functions and expanding services. The selection committee commented, “Loyola University New Orleans, through its leadership, partnerships, creativity, and innovation, has demonstrated itself as a model of what excellent libraries are and will become.”

“The Monroe Library faculty and staff at Loyola University are thrilled to receive the Excellence in Academic Libraries award as an affirmation of their contributions to achieving excellence and as an acknowledgement of the partnerships the library shares with the campus community,” said Mary Lee Sweat, dean of libraries at Loyola. “It is difficult to imagine a more talented and innovative group of people than our library faculty and staff, and I feel fortunate to work with them in achieving this award.”

Each winning library will receive $3,000 and a citation, to be presented at an award ceremony held on the recipient’s campus. The winners will also receive special recognition at the ACRL President’s Program during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference on Monday, June 23, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. in Toronto.

ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic librarians. ACRL’s 11,000 members are comprised of individuals from a wide range of academic institutions, publishers and vendors who sell in the academic marketplace. ACRL enhances the effectiveness of academic and research librarians to advance learning, teaching and research in higher education. More information about ACRL’s programs and services can be located on the Web at www.ala.org/acrl.html. ACRL is a division of the ALA.