Excellence in the Stacks

Strategies, Practices and Reflections of Award-Winning Libraries

Edited by

  • Jacob Hill
  • Susan Swords Steffen, Elmhurst College, USA

Excellence in the Stacks details the philosophies, practices and innovations of award-winning libraries over the last ten years. It will inform the profession and highlight the themes and strategies these liberal-arts colleges share, and where they differ. Using the Association of Research and College Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award standards as guidelines for exploring librarianship, this book gathers the perspectives of all types of librarians at all levels of employment. By highlighting winners’ holistic approaches it helps define and focus the energies of college libraries in their pursuit of outstanding service and increased valuation by their parent institution.
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Library and IT professionals; Library science faculty and members of professional library organizations


Book information

  • Published: March 2013
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-665-4

Table of Contents

Measuring the “excellence” of librarianship at Earlham College; Graduate services at the Newman Library; The evolving liaison model at Mount Holyoke College; Fast-forward: The transformation of excellence; In unison with our communities and with each other: Striving for excellence in college librarianship; Looking outward: Partnerships and outreach at Hollins University; The A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College: Handcrafted academic library services; Success through community: Engagement at Grinnell College Libraries; Excellence at Champlain: Spending Groundhog Day in the Kuhlthau model; Afterword: Academic library value and the college library.