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CASE Recognizes Excellence in Publication Design

Unusual publication celebrates Music Library’s acquisition of rare Ravel manuscript

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University’s Department of University Relations has received a 2012 Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

University Relations was honored with a silver award in the Excellence in Design: Multi-page Publications/Folder category for a publication celebrating the Music Library’s acquisition of a rare Maurice Ravel manuscript.

The award-winning publication was designed by Heather Cosgrove and edited by Tom Fredrickson. The University Relations publications office is directed by Anne Egger.

The Ravel manuscript was the subject of scholarly analysis that resulted in essays, an edited score and a world-premiere performance of the work by students from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. The publication collects all of these in their appropriate media, including a printed book for the essays, a CD of the musical performance and a full-size facsimile score.

The creative team described the project as being innovative in large part because of the format chosen specifically to accommodate an exact facsimile of the original oversize manuscript measuring 12 by 16 inches.

The publication was distributed to music libraries throughout the world to document this important acquisition, the original scholarship related to it and Northwestern’s leading role as a music research library. It was also distributed to donors and University leadership to highlight the Music Library’s manuscript collection, its special strength in 20th-century materials and the need for continued support for the library and its collections.

A panel of experts selected Northwestern's entry from among 101 entries in this CASE category.

Each year, CASE invites member colleges and universities from around the world to submit work for its Circle of Excellence communications awards, which acknowledge “superior accomplishments” in higher education communications.

CASE is one of the world’s largest professional associations serving educational institutions. It works with more than 3,400 universities, colleges and schools in 74 countries. The organization offers both professional development and information on topics that include alumni relations, communications and education fundraising.

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