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Application Deadline Extended: ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

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2016-2017 ACRL President Irene M. H. Herold presents the 2017 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award to Miami Dade College, winner in the Community College category.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2018 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award has been extended to Friday, January 26, 2018. ACRL invites outstanding academic libraries to apply in one of three categories:

  • College
  • Community College
  • University

Sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, this award recognizes the accomplishments of academic librarians and other staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. A winning library in each category will receive a $3,000 award, along with a plaque. The award will be presented by an ACRL officer and a representative from GOBI Library Solutions at a ceremony held on each winning institution’s campus.

The award committee will review all applications during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, and applicants will be notified of their decision shortly afterward.

Applications should be submitted to Chase Ollis at For more information, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

2017 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

Congratulations to academic librarians Julie Bill, Mary Jo Fayoyin, and Natalia Fernández on being among the recipients of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award. Selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, the winning librarians were recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Julie BillJulie Bill, Director of Library Services, Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music, Los Angeles, California

Julie was recognized for creating her library’s website and app; working closely with her team of student staff, including creating an award to honor high achieving student library assistants; and making her library the “go to place” for all kinds of information on campus.


Mary Jo FayoyinMary Jo Fayoyin, Dean of Library & Media Services, Savannah State University, Savannah, Georgia

Mary Jo was recognized for drawing on student feedback and data to transform library to serve the community’s evolving needs; setting and follows goals for library instruction, focusing on assisting both faculty and students with library skills; and encouraging student success through mentorships.


Natalia Fernández, Curator and Archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives and OSU Queer Archives, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Natalia was recognized for being co-director and lead archivist for the Oregon State Queer Archives, her creative outreach strategies (e.g. “Glitter in the Archives” event giving community members a chance to do crafts with archival materials), and for being a leader in social justice and activism on campus.


Each winning librarian received a $5,000 prize on November 30 at an award ceremony and reception hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which cosponsors the award with New York Public Library and The New York Times.

Congratulations to Julie, Mary Jo, Natalia, and all of the other 2017 award winners!


ACRL Seeks Nominations for 2018 Awards

Loretta Parham award ceremony

Every year, ACRL celebrates the opportunity to honor the outstanding achievements of academic and research librarians across North America. Made possible by generous corporate support, the annual presentation of ACRL’s awards, grants, and fellowships enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship. This year, ACRL once again seeks to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of its peers.

Members are an integral part of ACRL’s successful awards program. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian, and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Member nominations will ensure that the pool of candidates for each award remains both competitive and distinguished. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards:

  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO), recognizes academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions. A $3,000 award is given for each type of library (e.g. college, community college, and university).
  • Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (sponsored by GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO), awards $5,000 and recognizes an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession.
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (sponsored by ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA and LITA), provides a cash award and recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, development and research.
  • Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award (sponsored by SAGE-CQ Press), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
  • Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award (sponsored by the ACRL Instruction Section), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
  • Instruction Section Innovation Award (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services), provides a $3,000 award and honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities.
  • College Libraries Section Innovation in College Librarianship Award (sponsored by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium), provides a $1,000 award and honors librarians who demonstrate a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services, and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.
  • Community College Learning Resources Program / Leadership Awards (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services), recognizes outstanding achievement in library programs and leadership. The awards will be presented to two recipients, who will each receive $750.
  • Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award (sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group), provides a $1,200 conference sponsorship award to honor any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
  • Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award, honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Career Achievement, recognizes an individual librarian for career achievement in the area of women and gender studies librarianship.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement, honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • University Libraries Section Outstanding Professional Development Award, (sponsored by Library Juice Academy): $1,000 award to recognize librarians, archivists or curators whose contributions to providing professional development opportunities for librarians have been especially noteworthy or influential.

Publication awards:

Research award:

  • WESS-SEES De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant, (sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research): provides a €2,500 grant to support research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics.

More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL website or by contacting ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at

2017 ACRL Award Winners, Part 2

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2017 ACRL awards. Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website.

2017 ACRL Award Winners, Part 1

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2017 ACRL awards. Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website.

Watch ACRL Insider, social media, and ACRL Update for more award announcements in the coming weeks.

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