CIC CLI Deputy Director, Kim Armstrong Wins Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Apr 02, 2015
Kimberly Armstrong, Deputy Director of the CIC's Center for Library Initiatives, is being honored with a University of Illinois' Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award (CAPE).  

Now in its 27th year, the CAPE program is designed to honor the accomplishments and contributions of academic professionals from across the University of Illinois. Awarded to just six people each year, nominees are evaluated on three criteria: work, personal, and professional contributions.

As Deputy Director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the CIC, Armstrong works to optimize student and faculty access to the combined resources of the fifteen member libraries; maximizing cost, time, and space savings; and supporting a collaborative environment for library staff.  The CIC member libraries collectively hold over 110 million volumes, and spend over one-half billion dollars per year for content and operations.

"Kimberly Armstrong is a rare professional capable of managing widely distributed processes, understanding diverse institutional contexts, and mediating the interests of senior administrators across the fifteen universities of the CIC,” said John P. Wilkin, the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. “Kim’s tremendous ability to bridge interests, abilities, and levels helps advance the interests of the University of Illinois by helping to advance our collective interests."

Barbara McFadden Allen, Executive Director of the CIC, highlighted Kim's unique contributions to the University of Illinois, "Kim is a recognized leader among collection librarians, vendors, and consortium leaders. She is a phenomenal asset to the UIUC community, leading the co-creation and co-development of many opportunities that increase the availability of resources and keep costs low."