Entries from February 2009 ↓

ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section Program Award to Diana Fitzwater

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has chosen Diana Fitzwater, professor and reference librarian at the College of DuPage, to receive the 2009 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Fitzwater during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the CJCLS dinner on Friday, July 10.

“Diana Fitzwater’s initiative to coordinate the information literacy program at the College of DuPage is quite worthy of this award,” said award committee chair José Aguiñaga, librarian at the Glendale Community College. “What she has achieved since 1982 at her institution is outstanding. Her involvement with embedding information literacy as a general education competency within the College of DuPage curriculum demonstrates her significant programmatic contribution to the college, on behalf of the library.”

Fitzwater was praised for single-handedly taking on the role of information literacy expert on campus, not only because she felt the library contributed to the educational mission of the institution,  but also because she believes in the potential of all community college students and has dedicated her career to their success. She earned both her B.A. and her M.L.S. from the University of Iowa.

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

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 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 librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Kenley Neufeld wins ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section Leadership Award

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has selected Kenley Neufeld, library director at Santa Barbara City College, as the 2009 winner of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award. The award honors significant achievement in advocacy of learning resources, as well as leadership in professional organizations that support the missions of community, junior and technical colleges.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Neufeld at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago during the CJCLS Dinner on Friday, July 10.

“Kenley Neufeld’s leadership and technology innovations have benefited Santa Barbara City College and the community at-large,” said José Aguiñaga, CJCLS award committee chair and librarian at the Glendale Community College. “Kenley is an outstanding librarian role model that all should emulate in their daily library interactions.”

Neufeld’s nominators praised his significant achievements in the advocacy of library programs and services and noted that since his arrival at the Santa Barbara City College in 2005, many dramatic and positive changes in the content of the library programs and in the atmosphere of the facility have occurred.  They attribute these changes to his energy, insight and effort.

Neufeld has served on numerous ACRL committees, including a term as CJCLS chair in 2007-08. He earned his B. A. from the University of California-San Diego and his M.L.S. 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 nearly 13,000 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.

Anderson named 2009 ACRL WESS Coutts Nijhoff International grant winner

CHICAGO – Gordon Bruce Anderson, coordinator for arts, humanities and area studies collections and librarian for Scandinavian and Slavic studies at the University of Minnesota, has been selected to receive the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant.

Sponsored by Coutts Information Services, the grant provides $3,000 to support a trip to Europe. The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization or use of library materials from, or relating to, Western Europe. Anderson will receive a plaque and award check at the WESS general membership meeting at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13, during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

After consulting with scholars and librarians in Scandinavian-American history and bibliography, Anderson will work toward the completion of a long-standing project, the Svenskamerikanska Bibliografi [Swedish American Bibliography]. Known as the SWAM, this open access database, searchable via the Swedish Royal Library’s LIBRIS national union catalog, is a catalog of chiefly United States and Canada imprints published primarily in Swedish over the past 175 years. An expanded online Swedish American Bibliography, and the accompanying digitally accessible research collection of Swedish American imprints, will serve a much broader audience and be a valuable, open resource for scholars, writers and researchers of this important chapter in America’s immigration history and culture.

“Anderson’s excellent proposal to bring to term a valuable project touching on nearly all aspects of Scandinavian studies, and nearing completion at a juncture in which time is of the essence, is highly worthy of support,” said award committee chair Sarah Wenzel, bibliographer for Romance and English literatures at the University of Chicago.

Anderson received his M.A. in Slavic and Soviet Area Studies from the University of Kansas, and his M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa. He earned his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

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

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 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.

Coutts Nijhoff International is the European books division of Coutts Information Services, the international book and eBook service provider to academic libraries and information organizations. www.couttsinfo.com.

Ken Middleton wins 2009 ACRL WSS Significant Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Ken Middleton, user services librarian at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), is the winner of the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women’s Studies Section (WSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman’s Studies Librarianship. The award, sponsored by Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group, honors a significant or one-time contribution to women’s studies librarianship.

Middleton will receive a $1,000 award and plaque during the WSS program at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13, at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“Ken’s latest impressive achievement in women’s studies librarianship is his database Discovering American Women’s History Online, which brings together 405 digital collections of primary sources in women’s history in a format that has multiple browse and search options,” said Jennifer Gilley, chair of the WSS award committee and head librarian at Penn State University’s Elisabeth S. Blissell Library. “Each collection is annotated and assigned subject headings to make it more accessible to women’s studies researchers. The awards committee predicts widespread use for this amazing resource.”

Discovering American Women’s History Online is available at  http://library.mtsu.edu/digitalprojects/womenshistory.php.

Ken Middleton received his M.L.S. in 1992 from the University of Tennessee and has been a user services librarian at MTSU since 1993. He developed a strong interest in women’s history while completing his M.A. in history at MTSU. He has been developing women’s history Web sites since 1997. Two of these sites, “American Women’s History: A Research Guide” and “American Women Through Time,” have been “highly recommended” in Choice.

In addition to teaching bibliographic instruction sessions for women’s history courses, Middleton has reviewed women’s history databases and reference books for American Reference Books Annual.

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

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 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.

Sara Marcus wins 2009 ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship

CHICAGO – Sara Marcus, electronic resource/Web librarian at Queensborough Community College, has been selected to receive the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for Research in Technical Services or Acquisitions. Marcus was selected for her research project on the change of terms and terminology over several editions of the Sears List of Subject Headings.

Sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the $1,000 award fosters advances in collection development and technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields. The award and a plaque will be presented during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago at the ACRL President’s Program at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13.

“While similar research has been done on the terminology used in LCSH, such as that of Sanford Berman, there has been very little to no research done on the terminology used in Sears,” said Jacqueline Samples, chair of the selection committee and continuing and electronic resources librarian at North Carolina State University. “This study should have broad appeal in the cataloging and educational communities.”

Marcus earned her Ph.D. in E-Learning Administration from Touro University International in 2006. She received her M.L.S. in 1998 from Queens College, where she also received an Advanced Certificate in library science in 2002. Marcus earned her M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000, where she also received her Ed.S. in Educational Technology in 2001. She received her B.A. in Theater and Judaic Studies from SUNY Stony Brook in 1996.

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 nearly 13,000 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.

Trudi Jacobson wins 2009 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Trudi E. Jacobson, head of user education programs at the University at Albany State University of New York, 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.

The award is sponsored by Elsevier on behalf of its library and information science program. A check for $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Jacobson at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, during the IS Program at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.

“For over twenty years Trudi Jacobson has strengthened and deepened scholarly conversations about information literacy via her many publications, both within and beyond the literature of our librarianship,” wrote Jean Caspers, chair of the IS Dudley Award committee and reference and instruction librarian at Linfield College. “Her generosity in sharing knowledge has extended to presentations and workshops locally, regionally and nationally, again including but not limited to audiences within the library profession, thus spreading the word about information literacy across traditional academic boundaries.

“Her scholarship, leadership, service and teaching combine to make Ms. Jacobson a truly worthy recipient of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.”

Jacobson teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has developed exemplary library instruction programs. She is regularly sought out as a consultant about information literacy issues. She has been an active contributor within ALA since 1980, holding official positions in IS, the ACRL Arts section and the ACRL Information Literacy Advisory Committee.

Jacobson was the recipient of the IS 2005 Publication of the Year Award for “Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes” (New York:  Neal-Schuman, 2004), a book she co-authored with Lijuan Xu. She has published eight additional books, eight book chapters and more than 30 articles in journals ranging from Research Strategies, CR&L and Journal of Academic Librarianship to the American Biology Teacher, College Teaching and Journal of General Education.

Jacobson received her M.A. in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, where she also earned her M.L.S. in Library Science and her B.A. in Linguistics and Anthropology.

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

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 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.

Linda Krikos receives 2009 ACRL WSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO – Linda Krikos, faculty emeritus at The Ohio State University Libraries, has been selected as the 2009 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women’s Studies Section (WSS) Career Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 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 Krikos during the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago at the WSS Program at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13.

“In addition to leading one of the nation’s finest women’s studies libraries from 1990-2007, Linda conducted and published research that made it possible for other women’s studies librarians to do their jobs effectively,” said Jennifer Gilley, chair of the WSS award committee and head librarian at Penn State University’s Elisabeth S. Blissell Library.  “She reviewed the major women’s studies periodical indexes, advocated for women’s studies bibliographic instruction and ultimately co-edited the third edition of Women’s Studies: A Recommended Bibliography as well as writing several of its chapters. Linda is an active and devoted member of WSS and a leader in the field of women’s studies librarianship, both in her practice and her research.”

Krikos received both her B.A. and M.L.S. from Kent State University.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 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.

Rice Database receives 2009 ACRL STS Oberly Award

CHICAGO – The International Rice Research Institute’s Rice Database has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences. The cash award and plaque will be presented at the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

Formerly known as the Rice Bibliography, the Rice Database is a comprehensive bibliography of technical rice literature covering all aspects of rice research, produced by scientists from around the world. It is available online at http://ricelib.irri.cgiar.org:81/screens/opacmenu.html.

“The Rice Databaseis a highly unique, but desperately needed resource for both developing and developed countries,” said award committee co-chairs Marianne Stowell Bracke and Martin Kesselman.

The Oberly Award was established in 1923 in memory of Eunice Rockwood Oberly, librarian of the Bureau of Plant Industry, United States Department of Agriculture, from 1908 to 1921. Oberly was the Bureau of Plant Industry’s representative to the Congressional Joint Commission on Reclassification of Government Employees and was instrumental in gaining a fairer recognition of library activities.

This biennial award is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.

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

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 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.

Connolly and Golderman receive inaugural ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Bruce Connolly and Gail Golderman of the Union College Schaffer Library in Schenectady, N.Y., have been named the 2009 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. This annual award, which is being presented for the first time in 2009, honors an ACRL member who has demonstrated a capacity for innovation in working with undergraduates, instructors and/or the library community.

Connolly and Golderman will share the $3,000 award, which ProQuest will present along with a plaque at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago during the CLS program at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12.

“The committee chose Bruce and Gail as this year’s award recipients for their innovative sharing of audio files through iTunes in a variety of contexts that support students, faculty and the library,” said award committee chair Stacy Voeller, associate professor and electronic resources librarian at Minnesota State University – Moorhead.  “While they have encountered obstacles during both the development and implementation of their program, Connolly and Golderman have overcome those obstacles creatively. Their efforts demonstrate ongoing innovation using a popular and student-centric technology.

“Steven J. Bell, former CLS chair, said it best in his recent comments in Urban Library Journal,” Voeller continued. “ ‘Universities and their libraries are making use of iTunes University, but few have discovered so many ways to use standard iTunes software and the iTunes store to connect the library with the classroom. While there may be nothing particularly innovative about using iTunes today, what these librarians have done with it shouts out innovation and creativity.’”

The award selection committee commended the Schaffer Library’s ongoing exploration of the potential applications of iTunes and other software applications as a marketing tool for the library’s collections, as a teaching tool in a variety of courses across the curriculum, as a venue for supporting multiculturalism and diversity on campus and for stimulating ideas among library staff on weaving technology into a variety of library and curricular initiatives.

Bruce Connolly is head of public services at Schaffer Library. He has made presentations on music file sharing in academic libraries at the ACRL/NY and Internet Librarian conferences. Connolly has written on various aspects of Apple’s iTunes software for Serials Librarian, Computers in Libraries and netConnect, where he writes the quarterly eReviews column with Gail Golderman. He is a 1977 graduate of the SUNY at Albany, School of Library and Information Science.

Gail Golderman is digital services librarian at Schaffer Library.  She has presented at numerous conferences and contributes to a variety of publications, including Journal of Internet Cataloging, Reference Librarian, Magazines for Libraries  and netConnect, where she writes the quarterly “eReviews” column with Bruce Connolly. She is a 1992 graduate of the SUNY – Albany School of Library and Information Science and is actively interested in online social networking, integrating technology with the learning process and collaborative endeavors between teaching faculty, IT staff and librarians.

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

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 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.

Lynne M. Rudasill named 2009 Marta Lange/CQ Press Award Winner

CHICAGO – Lynne M. Rudasill, associate professor of library administration and global studies librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), has been named the 2009 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 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

“As the first and only global studies librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lynne has made a number of contributions to the library profession through articles published in books, peer reviewed and general academic library journals and through a host of presentations both at home and abroad,” said Leslie Homzie, chair of the award committee and senior reference librarian at Boston College. “Through her Web site created for the Global Studies Library at UIUC she continues to engage users in international studies.”

Rudasill’s research interests include the exploration of human-computer interaction through Web page design in order to facilitate access to library resources.  She is currently researching the effects of government policies on the informational aspects and resources of non-governmental organizations.

In addition to her position as global studies librarian, Rudasill serves as half-time subject specialist for political science and speech communication in the Education and Social Science Library at UIUC, where her duties include collection development, instruction and reference. She previously worked as assistant education and social science librarian and reference coordinator at UIUC (1998-2003), where she also served as assistant librarian for instruction and educational technology (1997-98), and was reference/instructional services librarian at Eureka College (1991-97).

Rudasill received her B.A. with distinction in political science from UIUC in 1976, where she also earned her M.S.L.S.

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
mgriffin@ala.org
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 nearly 13,000 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.