Excellence in the Stacks

Excellence in the Stacks, 1st Edition

Strategies, Practices and Reflections of Award-Winning Libraries

Excellence in the Stacks, 1st Edition,Jacob Hill,Susan Swords Steffen,ISBN9781843346654

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Key Features

  • Content drawn from submissions from ten years of ACRL award-winning libraries
  • Authors from varied roles (library directors to interning students) give readers a comprehensive snapshot, encompassing good practices from multiple levels of the profession
  • Overlying theme of institutional excellence applicable to all aspects of international librarianship, and is also relevant to other academic organizations which serve student populations


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.


Library and IT professionals; Library science faculty and members of professional library organizations

Jacob Hill

Jacob Hill is the reference and instruction librarian for the award-winning A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College. He has recently presented and published content on plagiarism-detection software, mobile resource access, and reference desk communication applications. Jacob is currently investigating college/secondary education liaison program partnerships.

Susan Swords Steffen

Susan Swords Steffen is the director of the library at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. With over 30 years of experience in college libraries, she has spoken and written extensively about library innovation and has taught at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University as an adjunct faculty member.

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Elmhurst College, USA

Excellence in the Stacks, 1st Edition

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.

Quotes and reviews

"The editors provide a summary at the end of the case studies, with conclusions discussing common themes and trying to answer questions such as what sets some libraries apart from others and what excellence actually means."--The Australian Library Journal,Vol. 63, No. 2, 2014


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