The Z. Smith Reynolds Library has won the 2011 ACRL “Excellence in Academic Libraries” award in the university category! The Association of College and Research Libraries gives this prize annually to acknowledge the exemplary accomplishments of librarians and library staff working together to further the educational mission of the institution. ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis states that receiving this 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.”

In naming ZSR as the winner, the selection committee cited the library’s strong institutional focus and values. The award announcement detailed the committee’s reason for choosing ZSR: “The selection committee was impressed with the strong alignment of the library to institutional values and ambitions as evidenced through the variety of programs developed to support and foster student learning. The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is a catalyst bringing together faculty, students and staff. The library values and celebrates its employees whose teamwork creates the energy and vitality evidenced in their application.”

The library submitted an application that outlines examples of creativity and innovation, leadership within the field, and important relationships with faculty and students. This high honor recognizes that ZSR truly lives out its mission to help Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff succeed.