Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library First HBCU to Win National Academic Library Award | New


AUC Woodruff Library is the first historically black college and university library to win the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Award for Excellence in Academic Libraries.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center (AUC) is the recipient of the 2016 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. This is the first time that a historically black college and university library (HBCU) has received this national honor.

“This award is a mark of recognition for the staff here and the programs we offer our students,” says Loretta Parham, CEO and Director of the Library. an HBCU can provide as much value and expertise as a library in a predominantly white institution. And we’re doing it with a lot less resources.

The AUC Woodruff Library has competed with hundreds of national university libraries. After a competitive selection process, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and YBP Library Services selected AUC Woodruff Library as the winner, recognizing library staff, programs and resources that contribute to the institutions’ educational missions. that they serve.

The Woodruff Library at University Center Atlanta serves students and faculty at Clark University in Atlanta, the Interfaith Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. “While many university libraries are faced with relationships with a group of administrators, faculty, and students, the Atlanta University Center manages to effectively support teaching, learning, and research at four different institutions, by skillfully managing these relationships, ”said Trevor Dawes, Chair of the 2016 Academic Library Excellence Committee.

Affectionately known as the “Woody Club” by its students and alumni, the AUC Woodruff Library is touted as a safe learning and social destination in the University Village. “Every year we continue to see the definition of ‘Club Woody’ evolve,” laughs Parham. “We are not at all offended by this title. People give nicknames to things they care about. It is a welcoming space where students can visit friends, meet for lessons, work on projects, participate in educational activities and discuss social and political issues, ”she adds.

AUC Woodruff Library has over 1.5 million items in all formats, and its Archives Research Center is a well-known destination for the preservation and documentation of African American history and culture. It houses items from the historic Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, the Asa G. Hilliard Collection, the Walter Rodney Collection, the C. Eric Lincoln Collection, and the Tupac Shakur Collection.

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The Robert W. Woodruff Library at the University Center of Atlanta (AUC) serves one of the oldest and largest consortia of historically black colleges and universities in the country: Clark Atlanta University, the Interfaith Theological Center, the Morehouse College and Spelman College. As a shared resource of this vibrant academic center, it serves approximately 8,000 students and has 1.5 million articles in all formats. The 220,000-square-foot building features collaborative learning and study spaces, cutting-edge technology, smart classrooms, presentation studios, a showroom, a cafe, a copy center and media. nationally recognized archives research center. The AUC Woodruff Library Archives Research Center, located within the AUC Woodruff Library, is a rich and unique archival collection documenting the history of the AUC and the Afro-African experience. larger American. Noted for its collections of culturally significant documents, it contains more than 105 collections, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection of Morehouse College.


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