Lafayette College Skillman Library

Skillman Library of Lafayette College, winner of this year’s award in the college category, impressed the selection committee with its digital scholarship experimentation, as well as its pioneering in acquisition models.


“Lafayette College seeks to be a model for other colleges and has been in the forefront on getting grants and experimenting with digital scholarship in the liberal arts setting,” noted Ogburn. “The library implemented new models of acquisitions for journals by combining strategic cancellations with article by article purchase. They led the way for other liberal arts colleges by developing consortial approaches to patron driven acquisitions for ebooks, joining Hathi Trust and implementing the Ithaka faculty survey on their campus.”

"We are greatly honored to be selected by our peers to receive this award, which recognizes not only our library’s innovative work on behalf of Lafayette College but also our strategic collaboration with other colleges and universities,” said Neil J. McElroy, library director at Lafayette College. “While the award nomination highlights our programmatic initiatives and technological innovations, we are mindful that our success has been enabled by those relationships of trust and reciprocity that we’ve been privileged to build with the Lafayette community and colleagues at other institutions over many years. We are deeply pleased and grateful."

Awards Won

Title Year
Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

To recognize academic librarians and staff who work together as a team to develop academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions.

2014 - Winner(s)