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The Instructional Media Center in Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library has been recognized as a world leader in its innovative approaches to the use of technology by the New Media Consortium (NMC).

A part of the Library since 1998, the Instructional Media Center has been invited to membership in the NMC as part of an unprecedented search for excellence and proven leaders among higher education institutions in the application of technology to teaching, learning, research and creative expression.

“The Instructional Media Center is honored to be selected for membership in the NMC,” said Pattye Archer, coordinator of the Center. “The IMC staff is dedicated to assisting the faculty, staff and students of Mississippi State understand new technologies and how they can enhance the overall educational experience. We see the difference we can make every day, but to be recognized for our efforts by such a prestigious organization as the NMC is humbling.

“We look forward to collaborating with the NMC and its member institutions as we work to improve the quality and reach of our services,” Archer added.

The selection process is competitive and all applications were ranked in a criteria-based system of peer review, according to Larry Johnson, chief executive officer of NMC.

“The selection process was very competitive – we received our largest number of applications in our history – and the overall quality of those applications was just extraordinary. Taken as a whole, the results show the state of technology integration in colleges and universities is at a remarkably high level.

“Even among a very strong field, it was quite clear that the Instructional Media Center at Mississippi State University is a place where smart creative people are devising innovative solutions to challenges we all face in teaching and learning,” Johnson added. “The dedication to excellence here is palpable, and student and faculty are clearly the beneficiaries.

“The recognition is well deserved,” he said.

In addition to the honor of the designation itself, institutions who are NMC members become part of the vibrant community of innovators that is the NMC, working with colleagues across the world to help set the agenda for technology in higher education.

NMC members include such highly regarded universities as MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Texas, Michigan, University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Tulane and more.

“The Library is very pleased to be invited to become a member of this elite group of universities. The IMC continues to expand and provide services that meet the needs of the students, faculty and staff. Being a part of this consortium will assist the IMC in bringing new ideas, methodologies and further recognition to the Libraries and the university,” said Frances Coleman, Dean of Librarie s.

About MSU Libraries:

Mississippi State University Libraries is a premier research library providing its communities of users an ongoing, creative, technologically advanced library program that provides new and emerging technologies; enhances and inspires teaching, research, and service of the highest caliber in an environment of free and open inquiry and with a commitment to excellence. For more information about MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/ .

MSU, Mississippi's flagship research university, is online at www.msstate.edu.