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Librarians Contribute to Award-Winning Book

June 9, 2016
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"This volume sets a standard for anniversary books," according to the CASE judges.

We just received word that Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait received the Gold Award in the Circle of Excellence Awards given by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). These awards recognize the best institutional relations publications and Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait received gold in the best book category. The book faced tough competition from six other entries, but the judges’ comments make clear why it won:

"This entry was just simply well done. Excellence in photography and design! Readable and informative, not just a pretty face. Would be a piece of pride for any alum, faculty and staff. Touches of class like the signet make it stand out from others. This volume sets a standard for anniversary books. Kudos to the folks at Rutgers."

The Libraries are particularly excited about this news because the book relies heavily on material and historical images from the Rutgers University Archives and the expertise of our colleagues.

University archivist Tom Frusciano served as one of the primary authors, co-authoring the opening chapter on “History and Politics,” with GSE professor Benjamin Justice, constructing the extensive historical "Timeline" that appears in the back of the book, and writing—in partnership with archival associate Erika Gorder—many, many photo captions. This was a true group effort with dozens of contributors, including Gorder on musical concerts at Rutgers, archivist Fernanda Perrone on the activities of visiting Japanese students at Rutgers in the 1870s, David Fowler, an independent researcher with close ties to Special Collections and University Archives, on the life and impact of Henry Rutgers, and former university librarian Marianne Gaunt on, of course, the libraries themselves! Lastly, former associate director of the Institute of Jazz Studies Ed Berger contributed many photographs.

Congratulations to all the authors, editors, and photographers who share in this award! Published by Profile Books, Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait is available via Rutgers University Press.