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

ACRL Supports “Dreamers” – Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) stands in support of students protected by the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which safeguards nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation as they pursue the American dream. DACA-qualified students are members of our academic communities, attend our institutions, work in our libraries, and contribute their unique perspectives to the intellectual discourse, which is vital for the success of our research and educational missions.

ACRL’s unwavering support of DACA-qualified students aligns with librarianship’s core values of democracy, intellectual freedom, diversity, and social responsibility. We believe the dissolution of DACA protections will target undocumented students unfairly for situations they did not create, will harm intellectual freedom by removing the voices of vulnerable groups from the scholarly discourse, and will jeopardize the invaluable cultural enrichment brought to our campuses by immigrant students, faculty, and staff. We also know that many college and university libraries employ students, and that DACA-protected students comprise a portion of these employees. These student employees contribute many talents and skills to our colleges and universities and, by doing so, help us meet our educational goals.

On September 5, 2017, ALA President Jim Neal responded to the news of the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the DACA program, by stating: “We are disappointed that the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are in jeopardy. Through no fault of their own, these undocumented youth were brought to this country as children, and deserve the opportunity to contribute to our society without the fear of being deported.” We in ACRL agree passionately with this statement and join with President Neal in his appeal for Congress to find a just solution for these valued members of our academic communities.

Resources for further inquiry and action:

ACRL Website Migration This Week

The main ACRL website is scheduled to switch to a new responsive design this week as part of the overall migration of the ALA website. The migration is currently scheduled for late Thursday, October 5, and Friday, October 6. The site will still be available during the migration but you may experience some slight service delays and the site will likely appear somewhat disjointed at times. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to sharing our new website with you!

ACRL Presents Webcast – What We Talk About When We Talk About Open Access (10/25)

OA week logoJoin ACRL for a free ACRL Presents webcast to kick-off Open Access Week.  The webcast, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Open Access” will be held Wednesday, October 25, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central time (10:00 -11:00 a.m. Pacific | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern).

Open Access Week is an international event that celebrates the open movement. We work with colleagues to plan creative programs that spread awareness of open access. But what do we talk about when we talk about open access? How can we tailor our messages to communicate with a variety of audiences succinctly and persuasively? Join colleagues to reflect on our messages and see how peers have taught about openness.


  • Define open access in your own words in order to explain it effectively to audiences.
  • Understand rationales for and against open access in order to communicate the value of openness to stakeholders.
  • Become aware of examples of open access lessons and activities that can be adapted for your presentations and classes.

Speaker: Maryam Fakouri is a Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian at the University of Washington Seattle. She monitors developments in information law and policy that affect higher education, and she offers guidance about various copyright issues. She has designed educational programs about copyright, fair use, open access, and related topics. Prior to specializing in scholarly communication, Maryam was a reference and teaching librarian. Maryam co-designed the curriculum for the ACRL traveling workshop “Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” which she continues to present for ACRL upon request. Maryam has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. Read more about Maryam in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Free registration is now available.  The webcast will be recorded and the archive will be shared after the live event.  Contact with questions.

Member of the Week: Meggan A. Houlihan

Meggan A. HoulihanMeggan A. Houlihan is a first-year experience and instruction librarian at New York Univeristy Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Meggan first joined ACRL in 2009 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 2, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, adventurous, kind.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, engagement, leadership.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has given me the opportunity to connect with librarians from around the globe and discuss practical and theoretical issues that many librarians are facing today. Everything about ACRL from the annual conference, online education, publications, and blog, allow me to stay engaged with colleagues and better prepare myself for life as an academic librarian.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As the first-year experience and instruction librarian at New York University Abu Dhabi, I work with the Writing Program, Writing Center, and the Office of First-Year Experience to equip first-year students with information literacy skills. Together, we’ve created an embedded IL program that all first-year students participate in, and thus far, our assessment data has been extremely positive. I also collaborate with liaison librarians and on-campus partners to improve our outreach services and library programs.

6. In your own words: Life as an international academic librarian is both extremely rewarding and challenging, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My favorite part of my job is working with our diverse student body, who hail from over 110 countries, and making the library accessible to them. This can be a difficult task since our students have such poplar library experiences–some students have never been in a library, while some students attended prestigious boarding schools where a librarian was embedded in course content. Overall, my goal is make our students and community feel welcome in the library, as well as know where to find help.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.

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