Friday, Apr. 15, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

The Grinnell College Libraries will celebrate the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award received earlier this year during an outdoor ceremony on Fri., Apr. 29. Representatives of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D.; Dean of the College Paula Smith; and Librarian of the College Richard Fyffe will make brief remarks, and a plaque and $3000 cash award from the ACRL will be formally presented.

In January, the American Library Association (ALA) acknowledged the “outstanding services, programs and leadership” provided to Grinnell College students, faculty and community by the staff and collections of Burling Library, the main campus library; the Kistle Science Library; and the curriculum library. The award cited the Grinnell libraries’ student mentoring and information literacy programs, and the “continuous effort to improve, adapt, reshape and respond to new expectations.”

The award ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at 11 a.m., north of Burling Library, which is located at 1111 6th Ave. Limited parking is available on the east side of the library. The rain location for the ceremony is Main Hall Lounge, 1221 6th Ave.

More information about Grinnell College library services is available from the Grinnell website at, where the ALA application is also available.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.