17th April 2015, 12:05pm
University Library shortlisted for national award
Student in University Library The Great Central Warehouse Library at the University of Lincoln is in contention for another prestigious award.

Lincoln has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Library Team category of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs) 2015.

The THELMAs recognise the outstanding work of academic and professional services teams across higher education institutions in the UK.

Ian Snowley, University Librarian at the University of Lincoln, said: "We’re extremely proud to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. The Library is the heart of our campus, and we work hard to continue to develop the services we provide to students and staff. This nomination recognises the commitment and dedication of our staff, and the effort they put in to making sure the services we provide delight our students."

Opened in 2004 in a stunning conversion of a Victorian goods and grain warehouse, the Great Central Warehouse Library has won awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Last year the Library was named "a beacon of innovation and best practice" when it was awarded Customer Service Excellence status by the East Midlands Quality Centre.

The Library provides a variety of services and facilities for students and staff, offering more than a quarter of a million print book titles and thousands more e-books and journals. The last academic year (2013/14) was the most active in the Library's history with almost 700,000 visits. An extension to the Library was officially opened in 2014 by HRH Prince Edward The Duke of Kent, providing extra seminar rooms, study space and ICT equipment.

The latest award nomination reflects ways in which students are given a clear voice in how their Library is run through close collaboration with the Students’ Union and the Library’s own Student Advisory Panel. This has enabled staff to respond to identified needs: for example, 24/7 opening is now standard for the majority of the academic year and a free Harvard referencing handbook provide students with a definitive guide for essay and dissertation work.

Winners of the THELMAs 2015 will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday 18th June 2015. To see the shortlist, visit: http://www.thelmawards.co.uk/
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