The Atkins Library Faculty Engagement Award is given annually to a UNC Charlotte faculty member who has engaged in innovative or exceptional work with library collections, programs, and services. The award, given in the fall, enables the library to recognize outstanding faculty contributions to the library’s mission, vision, and strategic initiatives. The award recipient will receive $2,000 to be used for travel and professional development, and the finalists (maximum 2) will each receive $250 toward the same purpose.
In Spring 2018, Atkins Library awarded seven mini-grants of $1,000 each to faculty who wished to save money on textbooks but remained committed to using quality teaching materials. The faculty used the awards to compensate their time to find new, no-cost course materials, and modify their syllabi for their 2018-2019 classes. The recipients worked with their subject librarians to find open educational resources and/or library-owned ebooks or articles that could fit their objectives.