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April 2018: Association of College and Research Libraries, Presentation of award to the NVCC Max R. Traurig Library

Good afternoon, and what a beautiful afternoon it is!  It is my absolute pleasure to welcome our distinguished guests and the NVCC family as we celebrate the work of our colleagues in the library and the generous recognition of our work by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  A special thank you to Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL Executive Director and Cheryl A. Middleton ACRL President for their recognition of the value of the work by our entire staff and the granting of the Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to our Max R. Traurig Library and to Steve Sutton, GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO (the sponsor of the award) and to Dr. Irene M. Herold, College of Wooster and Past President of the ACRL for being with us this afternoon to honor us with the presentation of this prestigious award.

The work of our very dynamic and generous colleagues, under the leadership of Director Jamie Hammond is remarkable:  From celebrating National Poetry Month, to supporting Exams Cram, the teaching in our classrooms, multiple readings and book discussions, multiple cultural and academic activities on campus,  to promoting innovations that include a guitar loan program on campus, the Human Library project  and working hand in hand with librarians in the public school system in Waterbury, and so many more engaging and celebratory activities on behalf of promoting the love of books and the centrality of books to our being fully human. 

As a young girl in my native Dominican Republic, I learned that books provide the most powerful tool to travel the world, to transform my understanding of the common bonds we have with people throughout the world.  It was affordable. It was life transforming to enter a book and to find myself living in that world for different chunks of time.  No one says that in a more beautiful way than our own Emily Dickinson in her poem “There is no Frigate like a Book”:

There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry-

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll-

How frugal is the Chariot

That bears the Human Soul

 (The Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by R.W. Franklin. Harvard University Press, 1999)

As you consider the transformative work of a community college, and in particular Naugatuck Valley Community College in the communities we serve and the central role books play and librarians play in educating the minds and souls of communities, all members of the communities but most particularly the poor, I salute the shining example of our colleagues as I praise the powerful contributions of the Association of College and Research Libraries in promoting innovation and excellence in our beautiful libraries.

Mil gracias y bendiciones.

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