Cook Library wins 2011 ACRL President’s Program Innovation Contest

Towson’s only library is one of just three to be honored by professional association

Exterior of Cook Library TOWSON, Md. (June 3, 2011)—Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library has been named a winner in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) President’s Program Innovation Contest.

The program was designed to identify exciting library innovation projects using teams to implement new ideas. Twenty-eight teams of academic librarians submitted proposals, from which the President’s Committee selected three winners.

Cook Library won the “in progress” category for its Civility Project, in which library staff propose to create a video and communication campaign that promotes civility in students and other library patrons.

“In this video modeled after Liberty Mutual advertisements, a student witnesses an act of civility, such as someone taking a cell phone call outside, and the witness then performs a different civil act such as throwing away trash,” explains Cook's six-member team.

The video and campaign, which share the tagline, "Civility: That’s Our Policy," are scheduled to be unveiled during new student orientation.

"Through this project, the Cook Library benefits from the diverse strengths of every member of the team, a truly innovative and collaborative venture," says the ACRL. "The reviewers admired this positive-oriented approach and the library’s goal of expanding the campaign to other formats."

  • See Cook Library’s winning proposal here.

ACRL will hold its President’s Program at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 25.





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