Illinois Central College’s Library receives national award for excellence

Illinois Central College’s Library is the recipient of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2014 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The national award recognizes the staff of higher education libraries for programs that “deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.” ICC was the winner in the community college category.

“Illinois Central College is being recognized for an emphasis on students who are disadvantaged and not strong readers, finding approaches to raise the students’ odds of success by getting them to read,” said Joy Ogburn, chair of the award committee. “The library also believes in staff development and supports a robust library tech training program in the evening and encourages participation in leadership training on campus. They exercise extensive outreach to the campus community and outcomes are demonstrated that go beyond the library.”

ICC Library Services Director Cate Kaufman said achieving the award was a group effort.

“We feel so honored and humbled to receive this award,” Kaufman said. “The entire ICC Library staff has collaborated in recent years to re-think the delivery of services and the availability of resources we provide our students and the College as a whole. The award re-affirms the importance of those efforts and encourages us to continue to adapt and meet the demands of the ever-changing climate of higher education.”

Illinois Central College libraries on its East Peoria, Downtown and North Campuses handle approximately 7, 000 visitors each week. Each year, the College hosts the ForwardFocus interactive conference, which provides leadership in addressing the many changes taking place in community college libraries nationwide.

The ACRL is a division of the American Library Association and is the higher education association for more than 11,500 academic and research librarians.

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