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Klarchek Information Commons & Robert Seal, ACRL Academic Librarian of the Year

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Robert Seal has demonstrated his commitment to developing the academic library in a number of ways. Known as a staunch advocate for international library cooperation, his ability to share information in a bilingual environment has made Seal a strong advocate for breaking down barriers and extending partnerships between libraries in the U.S. and Latin America. In addition, Seal is recognized both as a strong, visionary leader and as a caring mentor to new and experienced academic librarians. Having led libraries at a number of institutions, he is widely known for his commitment to hiring and developing innovative staff along with recognizing their contributions to the library and campus communities. Seal’s focus on developing human, along with physical, resources has earned him a reputation for re-envisioning the academic library. One of Seal’s major accomplishments is the planning and construction of the LEAF award-winning Loyola University Klarchek information Common.  Under Seal’s leadership and commitment to community engagement, the Klarchek Information Commons has placed the library at the heart of Loyola’s campus life and serves as an inspiration for similar projects at other institutions in Chicago and beyond.

American Library Association. News. Robert A. Seal Named 2015 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the YearRobert A. Seal Named 2015 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year. ALA, 13 Feb. 2015. Web. 06 Mar. 2015. <http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/02/robert-seal-named-2015-acrl-academic-research-librarian-year>.

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