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For Immediate Release

University of Toronto Mississauga Library wins
2009 CACUL Innovation Achievement Award

(Ottawa, March 29, 2009) – The Canadian Association of College and Research Libraries (CACUL) Innovation Achievement Award recognizes libraries that have contributed to the development and advancement of academic librarianship through innovative programs, services, projects, or special events.

The winner of the 2009 award is the University of Toronto (UT) Mississauga Library, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre.  Opened in 2006, the Centre represents a new breed of libraries focused more on learning space than on collections space, and interested primarily in engaging users in its teaching and learning mission. 

During 2008, the Centre embarked on a project designed to create a positive learning environment by addressing the behavioural and noise issues that arise in an area designed to cater to different learning styles.  Physical alterations included the introduction of colour-coded Library Learning Zones that complement different learning styles and academic activities.  Zones are marked not only with signs, but also with glass installations, acoustical panels, and appropriate furniture. 

Several innovative strategies accompanied the physical changes.  “The Library Story”, explaining current pedagogy and student preferences, puts the Learning Zones into context for users.  The “Adopt-a-Floor” campaign creates a commitment to maintaining a positive learning environment among staff.  The “Undergraduate Student 'Friends of the Library' Advisory Board” gives students a forum to voice opinions and ideas about the library.  Other strategies included staff development, enhanced campus partnerships, and targeted communication to students.

The number and variety of approaches taken by the Centre indicates a high level of creativity and commitment to the goal of creating a positive learning environment.  CACUL congratulates the UT Mississauga Library, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre for its innovative work.

The award will be presented at the CACUL Annual General Meeting on Sunday, May 31 at the 2009 CLA/ACB National Conference and Trade Show held from May 29 – June 1 in Montréal, Québec.

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is Canada’s largest national and broad-based library association, representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians and library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.  

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