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ACRL seeks nominations for 2011 awards

CHICAGO – For more than three-quarters of a century, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been committed to celebrating the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships. With almost $37,000 donated annually by corporate sponsors, ACRL has and will continue to nominate, select and honor the very best in academic librarianship.

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. Nomination information is available on the ACRL website at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/awards/index.cfm. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 3, 2010.

Outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards:
  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (sponsored by YBP Library Services) 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 YBP Library Services) 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.
  • Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/CQ Press Award (sponsored by 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 (sponsor pending) recognizes and awards an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
  • Instruction Section Innovation Award (sponsored by LexisNexis), honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities. The winners will share a $3,000 award.
  • College Libraries Section ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award (sponsored by ProQuest) offers a $3,000 award for librarians who demonstrate a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services and operations or in creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.
  • Community College Learning Resources Leadership/Library Achievement 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 $500.
  • 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 (sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) honors and awards $2,500 to an individual librarian for outstanding contributions to education and behavioral sciences librarianship through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • Science and Technology Section Innovation in Science and Technology Librarianship Award (sponsored by IEEE) awards $3,000 in recognition of creative, innovative approaches to solving problems or improving products and services in science and technology librarianship.
  • Women’s Studies Section Award for Career Achievement (sponsored by ABC-CLIO) awards $1,000 for career achievement in the area of women’s studies librarianship.
Research award:
  • Coutts Nijhoff West European Specialist Study Grant (sponsored by Coutts Information Services), supports research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship or the book trade by providing 3,000 for travel expenses.
Publication awards:
  • Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards, (sponsored by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Endowment) recognizes outstanding catalogues published by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2010.
  • Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, (sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited) awards $3,000 to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment that was published in the last two years.
  • Science and Technology Section Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.
More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL Website at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/awards/index.cfm or by contacting ACRL Program Coordinator Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org or (312) 280-2514.
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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA) representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the web at http://www.acrl.org, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

2010 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

NEWS
For Immediate Release
June 9, 2010

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected five winners and one honorable mention for the 2010 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.
The awards, funded by an endowment established by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of “American Book Prices Current,” recognize outstanding exhibition catalogues issued by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions as well as electronic exhibition catalogues of outstanding merit issued within the digital/Web environment. Certificates will be presented to each winner at the RBMS Annual Membership Meeting and Information Exchange held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 during the ALA Annual Meeting in Washington.
The Division One (expensive) winner is “Liberty and the American Revolution: Selections from the Collection of Sid Lapidus, Class of 1959,” submitted by the Rare Books and Special Collections Department at the Princeton University Firestone Library.
“The purpose of this catalog,” said Richard Noble, chair of the RBMS Exhibition Awards committee and rare books cataloger at Brown University, “is succinctly put in Stephen Ferguson’s preface: ‘How does one gain … a sense of the past? Not only by experiencing books as physical objects, seeing them as readers of that day saw, felt, and handled them, but–through the extensive quotations from the books themselves found in this catalogue–by making them speak as well.’ This is, in essence, a catalogue of books and a book of quotations that trace the evolution, in a multiplicity of spheres, of the concept of ‘liberty’–a concept which it is all too easy to interpret ad lib. Whatever else the many books presented in this catalog may be about, the organization of the entries and passages quoted all address the question posed in the introduction by Sean Wilentz: ‘What are the boundaries of American liberty?’ The texture of these texts is itself a pedagogical device, a taste of the books. Pick it up and read it aloud to yourself and you realize that this is also a catalog of voices.”
The Division One honorable mention winner is awarded to the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York for “Discovering James Joyce: The University at Buffalo Collection.”
“This catalog is an indispensable guide to and demonstration of the scholarly possibilities of this particular collection,” noted Noble. “It’s also a visual feast, the complexity of its design properly representing the variousness of the many items on view, but with the clarity necessary to the understanding of all that variety: each element of the page has a distinct function, and everything is brought into clear relation. The challenge to the makers of this catalog was the variety and depth of the materials: the Joyce family collection, which includes books by Joyce, as well as his personal library, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia; together with the collection of Sylvia Beach, publisher of the first edition of ‘Ulysses.’”
The Division Two (moderately expensive) winner is the Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections for “Beauty & Bravado in Japanese Woodblock Prints: Highlights from the Gilbert G. Griffin Collection.”
“The text is set with a quiet sense of style: it’s meant to be read with the greatest ease possible, but still be suitable company for the excellently reproduced prints to which it points,” said Noble. “The essay itself is just enough and not too much: it cannot make the reader an instant expert, but does induce the feeling that having such expertise about such things would be a source of great pleasure–and it includes, in its historical treatment, reference to Western collectors of Japanese prints who found that out for themselves, as did Gillett G. Griffin, the collector of these prints. The appended catalog of the exhibition is a model of its type, with enough technical detail to satisfy the better-informed viewer of the collection, while alerting the beginner to the various attributes and accretions that give these prints their individual identities.”
The Division Three (inexpensive) winner is “The Lion and the Fox: Art and Literary Works by Wyndham Lewis from the C.J. Fox Collection,” submitted by the Special Collections Department at the University of Victoria Libraries.
“This is a remarkably handsome catalog that one judge assumed had to be Division 2 (moderately expensive), but somehow they brought it off more inexpensively,” Noble remarked. “It’s a first-rate example of the donor-driven catalog that says, to paraphrase quite radically, ‘Here’s my collection, here’s why it’s interesting, and here’s how it made me more interesting than I would have been otherwise.’ There’s no reason why a catalog shouldn’t be fun to read, as this one is, simply because of the personality that inhabits and shapes it.”
The Division Four (brochures) winner is the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin for its brochure entitled “The Mystique of the Archive.”
“The criteria for Division Four of the Leab Awards note that a brochure is a publication designed to ‘orient the viewer to an exhibition,’” noted Noble. “This one is particularly successful in shaping a frame of mind, preparing a viewer to feel the temptation, the desire to be more than a viewer, the implicit challenge to get beneath the surface. As one of the epigraphs (credited to subREAL, ‘the Politics of Heritage’) puts it: ‘Archives embody the mystique of boredom… Boredom is a front cover preserving archives from intruders looking for easy excitement.’ A point well taken, but boredom is not the response that this deceptively simple booklet invites.”
The Division Five (electronic exhibition) winner is the University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections department for “Nancy Drew and Friends: Girls’ Series Books Rediscovered,” available online at http://www.lib.umd.edu/RARE/SpecialCollection/nancy/index.html.
“The exhibition,” stated Noble,” is an editorial triumph, accessible and informative at many levels, with a consistency of voice that remains always somehow breezy without ever betraying the seriousness of the collecting and curatorial discipline that went into it. Drill deep enough into these pages and you’ll get a quick guide to the interpretation of detailed collectors’ guides, as well, and a bibliography and multiplicity of links. Each of the graphics can be viewed closer up; the design is simple and unobtrusive, giving full play to the bright graphics of the many dust jackets, illustrations and endpapers on display, headed by a banner of straightforwardly imitative design.”
Contact:
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mgriffin@ala.org

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Kelsey, VandenBroek receive ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO — Sigrid Kelsey and Angela K. VandenBroek, both of Louisiana State University (LSU), have been named the 2010 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. This annual award honors an ALA member who has demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors and/or the library community. ProQuest will present the $3,000 award and plaque at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 during the CLS program at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“The committee chose Sigrid and Angela as this year’s award recipients for their commitment to providing open source content that can be used by college libraries to support development of dynamic research guides using Delicious,” said award committee chair Barbara Burd, dean of library services at Coastal Carolina University. “Their Subject Guide Toolbox provides an easy interface that can be used by subject specialists to customize content. The awards committee commended these librarians for their creativity in developing research guides to improve access to resources and in their willingness to share their expertise and innovation with libraries throughout the United States.”

The Subject Guide Toolbox combines Web 2.0 technology with an easy-to-use interface allowing subject specialists to develop subject guides using Delicious to select resources and to enter unique content. By sharing the instructions and source code, the LSU librarians have demonstrated a commitment to open source that benefits college libraries.

Kelsey serves as the electronic reference services and Web development coordinator at the LSU libraries. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. VandenBroek is a library associate in the Reference and Electronic Services department of LSU’s Middleton Library. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University.
Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
312-280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org
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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Woodard wins 2010 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Beth S. Woodard, staff development and training coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

For this year, in lieu of corporate sponsorship, the award is jointly sponsored by the ACRL Instruction Section and the LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction. Woodard will receive her award, along with a plaque, during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“[Woodard] has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of instruction and information literacy in academic library environments,” said Sarah McDaniel, coordinator of library and information literacy instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Woodard’s record of leadership includes chairing the ACRL Instruction Section and serving as a longtime member of the Faculty of the Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program. In addition, she has mentored hundreds of new professionals in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This exceptional record of leadership, teaching and service combined with a significant record of scholarship make Woodard a truly worthy recipient of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.”

Woodard earned her B.A. in English and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1978. She received her M.S. in Library Science from UIUC in 1979.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
(312) 280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Ingold wins 2010 ACRL WSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO — Cindy Ingold, women and gender resources librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the 2010 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women’s Studies Section (WSS) Career Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by ABC-CLIO, honors significant long-standing contributions to women’s studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.

A cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Ingold at the WSS Program at 8 a.m. on June 28 during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

“Cindy has continuously demonstrated significant contributions and dedication to Women’s Studies librarianship, including her extensive service to WSS and ACRL, as well as her exemplary publications,” said Diana King, chair of the WSS award committee and associate librarian at the UCLA Arts Library. “These include her co-editorship of “Women’s Studies: A Recommended Bibliography” (2004), co-editorship and article contribution to a special issue of Library Trends on “Gender Issues in Information Needs and Services” and numerous other publications and presentations.

“Her work to successfully move an under-utilized departmental library into an integrated and circulating collection was also particularly cited in her nomination, as were her notable efforts in outreach to students and faculty in Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies programs.”

Ingold received her B.A. in History and her M.A. in English from Western Illinois University. She earned her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Missouri.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
(312) 280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Northwest Vista College Library wins ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Program Award

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces that the Northwest Vista College Library in San Antonio, Texas, has been chosen to receive the 2010 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award.

“What Northwest Vista College Library has achieved with their information literacy instruction and distance programming is a credit to all that were involved,” said José Aguiñaga, award committee chair and librarian at Glendale Community College North.  “The outstanding results from these initiatives have transformed the one-shot instruction approach to a multi-faceted learning environment for students and faculty.”

The faculty at Northwest Vista College Library has created a diverse approach to library instruction for both on campus and distance students, including innovative uses of technological resources to develop new approaches to information literacy efforts.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the CJCLS dinner during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
(312) 280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Beile named 2010 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO — Penny Minton Beile, interim department head for reference services and department head of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries and adjunct instructor in the University South Florida School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award.

This award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession. A prize of $2,000 and a plaque, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., will be presented to Beile at the EBSS program at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“Penny Beile is highly regarded by all of her peers — education faculty and librarians at the University of Central Florida as well as her colleagues within EBSS, ACRL, ALA and the American Educational Research Association,” said award committee chair Judy Walker, education/curriculum materials librarian at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “She works tirelessly to promote effective teaching through research and practice, challenging many of us to rethink how we teach and do research. She has truly been a transformative leader who takes time to mentor those around her. And she does so with extraordinary energy, grace and patience.”

Beile has been extensively active in EBSS, including serving a term as chair from 2007-2008.  During her time on the EBSS Executive Committee, Beile was instrumental in establishing the American Psychological Association’s research award for librarians. She has also been a strong advocate for enhancing library research, chairing the first EBSS Research Committee and, with others in the section, encouraged ACRL to reform the association’s Research Committee into a coordinating committee focused on encouraging high quality research in the field of academic and research librarianship.

Her commitment to excellence in education is also demonstrated by her involvement in the K-12 education community. In 2007, Beile was a member of the National Forum on Information Literacy’s ICT Policy Council, which recommended passing scores for Education Testing Service’s information and communications technology iSkills assessment. In 2008, she was part of a team established to review standards and evidence for Teaching Assisting Academy for Career and Technical Education Industry Certification for the Brevard County (Fla.) Public Schools. She has also served on accreditation review teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Beile received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 1992 and earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the UCF in 2005. Her dissertation work involved developing an information literacy test for education students, the Beile Test of Information Literacy for Education (B-TILED).

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
(312) 280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Pencek receives 2010 Marta Lange/CQ Press Award

CHICAGOBruce Pencek, assistant professor and college librarian for the Social Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science. CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“Bruce Pencek is an innovator and a leader in establishing connections and collaborating with political science faculty,” said Barbara L. Morgan, chair of the award committee and law reference librarian at the University of Massachusetts. “He was instrumental in developing LPSS preconferences at the last two annual meetings of the American Political Science Association. In addition, he recently completed an outstanding term as editor of the LPSS News from 2006-10.”

Pencek received his B.A. in political science from Dickinson College in 1977. He earned his M.A. in government from Cornell University in 1982, where he also received his Ph.D. in government in 1988.   He earned his M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
(312) 280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org
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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Madsen receives 2010 ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship award

CHICAGO — Christine Madsen, librarian and DPhil candidate, Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, has been awarded the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her proposal “Library Futures: Building a New Knowledge Architecture in Academic Libraries.” The fellowship, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, fosters research in academic librarianship by encouraging and supporting dissertation research.

The award of $1,500 and a plaque will be presented during the joint ACRL / Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Awards Program at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“This project stood out in a very competitive field because of its originality and timeliness,” said Brian Doherty, chair of the selection committee and dean of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. “Madsen’s concept of examining digitization projects in the humanities from the perspective of impact on the way scholarship is done opens up a new and important field of research.”

Madsen came to OII from the Harvard University Library where, as manager of the Open Collections Program, she designed a methodology and procedures for digitizing Harvard’s historical library collections and opening them to the world. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she served at the Art and Architecture Library at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as manager of digital image reserves and slide production manager. She also served as a technical consultant on several large-scale digitization and metadata mapping projects, including ArtSTOR. Recently, she has worked with One Laptop per Child in an effort to create a model for identifying and aggregating content for young learners in developing countries.

Madsen received her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts with a concentration in the History of Photography from UCSD in 1995. In 2002, she earned her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
312-280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Paula T. Kaufman wins 2010 Hugh C. Atkinson award

CHICAGO – Paula T. Kaufman, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson, dean of libraries and university librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), has been named the 2010 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

Kaufman will receive a cash award and citation during the joint ACRL / Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Awards Program, at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“Paula Kaufman has had a distinguished career characterized by transformative leadership,” said Barbara J. Ford, award committee chair and director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson distinguished professor at UIUC. “She has created in all her endeavors an atmosphere conducive to experimentation and innovation and has been a strong voice in formulating progressive information policy nationally and internationally.”

Kaufman has held a variety of positions over the course of her career. In addition to serving as head of the Business and Economics Library and director of the Library Services group at Columbia University, she was acting head of the East Asian Library in 1982 and acting vice-president for information technology and university librarian from 1987-88. During her tenure at Columbia, Kaufman was involved in the development of the university’s Scholarly Information Center, a merger of the library and academic information technology. In 1987, Kaufman resisted the FBI’s request to report on the reading habits of Columbia library patrons with last names or accents from “hostile countries.” Her actions were instrumental in making the FBI’s Library Awareness Program public. Kaufman additionally served as dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1988-99.

In her current position at UIUC, Kaufman has worked with the library faculty and staff to re-envision the future, form new alliances and cultivate an environment of creative problem solving. Under her direction, the library launched a highly successful capital campaign, established a formal preservation and conservation program, led the state of Illinois in digitizing collections, celebrated the library’s 11 millionth volume and addressed the issues of how to support scholarship and teaching in the digital age through developing new models to deliver 21st-century services. In 2006, the provost of the University of Illinois tapped Kaufman to serve as the university’s interim chief information officer. In this assignment, she increased communication among technology staff and reconnected the information technology department with the rest of the campus through focusing on its service mission.

She has additionally played key roles in governance and policymaking at a number of organizations, including serving on or leading the boards of directors of the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Council of Library and Information Resources, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the Digital Library Federation and the Society for Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Kaufman received her AB in Economics from Smith College, MBA from the University of New Haven and MS in Library Service from the School of Library Service at Columbia University.

The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of the American Library Association: ACRL, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), LLAMA, and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.

Donations to the endowment may be sent to Megan Griffin, ACRL, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
312-280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.  Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.