Entries from February 2010 ↓

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.

Registration opens for ACRL/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Spring Virtual Institute, Doing Well by Doing Good: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Librarians. The institute will explore different models and aspects of leadership and management and their impact on academic librarianship in today’s challenged and flat economic environments. Registration is open through April 19, 2010, at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springvirtualinstitute.cfm.

The ACRL/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute will be held April 21-22, 2010. The institute’s online community will provide an environment in which groups of participants, both small and large, can gather electronically to learn, collaborate and network. The institute will offer both synchronous and asynchronous sessions and programs will be archived for viewing on-demand for one year after the institute.

Synchronous Webcasts are offered live so participants can interact with presenters in real time. Asynchronous online poster sessions offer audio narration along with slides, allowing participants view them on demand, on their schedules. The schedule and complete program descriptions for Webcasts and poster sessions are online.

All tools used as part of the institute are designed to work with both PC and Apple computers, at dial-up Internet connection speeds or higher. Discounted registration fees for ALA, ACRL and LLAMA members are available, along with group registration rates. Complete details, including registration materials, are available online at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springvirtualinstitute.cfm.

Direct questions to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@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.
The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

Apply for ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians scholarship

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the availability of a scholarship to support participation at the 2010 ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition ($2,600) and a $1,500 travel stipend. In support of ACRL’s commitment to librarians serving diverse communities, the scholarship is for individuals currently working in historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges or universities or those employed at Hispanic serving institutions. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 3, 2010. Complete details and a link to the online application form are available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/leadershipinstitute.cfm.Scholarship applicants must be current ACRL members employed at a historically black college or university, at a tribal college or university or at a Hispanic serving institution. Applicants will submit a brief, written statement that describes how participation in the institute will contribute to their leadership development or define three ways in which the institute will help improve their leadership effectiveness. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have support from their institution to attend by submitting a brief statement from their supervisor, manager or library director.

The ACRL/ Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians provides important leadership concepts and applies them to the practical challenges of leading and managing within the contemporary academic library. The curriculum addresses three areas–planning, organizational strategy and change, and transformational learning. The overarching goal of the institute curriculum is to increase participants’ leadership and management capacity.  Complete details about the program are online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/leadershipinstitute.cfm.
Direct questions to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@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.

New ACRL publication: Librarians Serving Diverse Populations

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title,“Librarians Serving Diverse Populations.” Written by Lori Mestre, associate professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Librarians Serving Diverse Populations” is a qualitative and quantitative assessment and research study examining the paths and experiences of librarians whose duties include serving diverse cultures. Through surveys, interviews and evaluation of documents, Mestre explores issues and challenges related to the duties and responsibilities of multicultural librarians. The title sheds light on the challenges faced in serving diverse populations, including the organization and management of diversity services

This groundbreaking study of diversity librarianship in academic libraries offers recommendations for libraries seeking to fill diversity librarian positions, provide follow-up training and support after hiring new librarians and strengthen diversity efforts. Also included are two chapters providing guidance for academic librarians getting started as a liaison for diversity and cross-cultural efforts. Mestre additionally provides suggestions for improvements to curricula and training in library and information science programs.

Purchase “Librarians Serving Diverse Populations” through the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org) and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Contact: Kathryn Deiss
ACRL Content Strategist
(312) 280-2529
kdeiss@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (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. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

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.

Submit proposals for ACRL preconferences at 2011 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for half- or full-day preconferences to be held prior to the 2011 ALA Annual Conference on June 24, 2011, in New Orleans. Proposals must be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3JF8ZQ3 by 5 p.m. PST on April 9, 2010.

Preconference programs allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning through a variety of presentation styles. Preconferences can either be half-day or full-day sessions, and proposals should outline activities that will be incorporated during the session to enable attendees to achieve the session’s learning outcomes. Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged.

Proposals must include the following information:

  • Complete contact information for all speakers. Please note that the person submitting a group proposal will be considered the program organizer and the main contact for the presentation.
  • Presentation title.
  • Presentation description. The description should be approximately 500 words, should outline the main points of the program, its relevance to attendees and how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise in your session.
  • Short presentation description. This description should be approximately 100 words. If your proposal is accepted, this description will be used in promotional materials.
  • At least three learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.
  • Indicate whether you have previously offered the program for ACRL.

The complete call for proposals is available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/index.cfm. Notifications will be issued by June 2010.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
312-280-2522
mconahan@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.