Dean accepts national collegiate honor on behalf of Purdue Libraries

April 23, 2015  

Mullins Honor

From left, Provost Debasish Dutta and Purdue University Libraries Dean James. L. Mullins share the spotlight with Mari Ellen Davis and Ann Campion Riley from the Association of College and Research Libraries. Mullins and Dutta accepted the 2015 ACRL Excellence in University Libraries Award on Thursday (April 23) during an event in Purdue Memorial Union’s South Ballroom. (Purdue University photo)Download Photo

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Libraries Dean James L. Mullins on Thursday (April 23) accepted the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in University Libraries Award. 

Mullins accepted the honor on behalf of Purdue Libraries during the annual Libraries staff awards program in Purdue Memorial Union's South Ballroom. Purdue Provost Debasish Dutta, Libraries faculty and staff, donors, and officials with the Association of College and Research Libraries were in attendance. The award is the top honor a research university library system can receive. In addition to a plaque, the Purdue Libraries received a gift of $3,000 donated by the YBP Book Services Co.

The ACRL in January announced the Purdue University Libraries' honor in the university category based on its numerous initiatives. Those include: its leadership in redefining the role of libraries to meet the needs and expectations of its university; creating a research community in the 21st century, through innovative programs and projects in information literacy; new space designs; new publishing models; international collaborations; and data management.  

"Purdue University Libraries succeeds by being experimental, taking risks, innovating and leveraging collaboration with their faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to push the boundaries of what research university libraries can accomplish for their community, locally and globally," said Steven Bell, chair of the 2015 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University. "Whether it's their information literacy initiative that features their participation in Purdue's IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) curriculum, a commitment to renovate and create library spaces that are highly intentional about student learning and collaboration with faculty or engaging in course redesign with their faculty, what most impressed the committee was Purdue's profession-leading and cutting edge work in the area of research data services."

 "The faculty and staff of the Purdue University Libraries are proud of the progress that we have made to define the role of the 21st century research library within its university community," said Mullins, who also is the Esther Ellis Norton professor at Purdue. "To have our creativity, innovation, and dedication recognized through this important award is a wonderful honor." 

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