CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its 2005 awards recipients. The awards celebrate the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships. With almost $30,000 donated by generous corporate sponsors annually, ACRL has and will continue to nominate, select and honor the very best in academic librarianship.
This year's recipients will receive their awards during the American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference, June 23-29, in Chicago.
ACRL 2005 recipients are:
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Susan Ward Aber, a doctoral degree candidate in the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, has been awarded the 2005 ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her proposal, "Information Needs and Behaviors of Geoscience Educations: A Grounded Theory Study." Her research will investigate the information needs and behaviors of geoscientists to support teaching in an academic workplace. The fellowship is sponsored by Thomson Scientific, and fosters research in academic librarianship by encouraging and supporting dissertation research.
Ward Aber received her B.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kan., 1977, and is a professional gemologist with a degree certificate from the Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, Calif., 1987. She has been the U.S. Depository Map library manager for William Allen White Library at Emporia State University since 1997 and a lecturer in the Earth Science Department since 1988.
"Ms. Ward Aber's dissertation will explore important concepts about the information needs and behaviors of geosciences faculty to support their teaching," said Dolores Fidishun, chair of the selection committee. "It can also create a model that will have applications for future subject specific studies of this topic in other disciplines."
The award of $1,500 and a plaque will be presented during the ACRL President's Program Monday, June 27, at 1:30 p.m.
Samuel Lazerow Fellowship
Kristin R. Eschenfelder, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected to receive the 2005 ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for Research in Technical Services or Acquisitions for her research proposal entitled, " Investigating the Impact of Digital Rights Management Systems on Libraries: A Pilot Study."
Sponsored by Thomson Scientific, the award fosters advances in collection development and technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields.
Eschenfelder received her B.A. in Latin American Studies/Spanish from the College of William and Mary in 1992. She earned her M.S. in Telecommunications and Network Management in 1996 from Syracuse University, where she also received her Ph.D. in 2000.
The award of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented at the ACRL President's Program on Monday, June 27, at 1:30 p.m.
IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award
Ilene F. Rockman, manager of the Information Competence Initiative at California State University's Office of the Chancellor, is the winner of the ACRL Instruction Section's (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy lead to the formation of the ACRL Instruction Section. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
"Dr. Ilene Rockman is a true guiding force for information literacy program coordinators and instruction librarians nationwide, and her numerous professional accomplishments represent a forward-thinking vision of information literacy pedagogy that is strategic, empowering, and ultimately transformational," wrote Dudley chair Keith Gresham. " Dr. Rockman possesses a long and distinguished record of presentations, papers, articles, chapters, and edited works related to information literacy and instruction, along with an equally impressive series of national-level service appointments and information literacy consultant experiences.
"Widely recognized as a tireless advocate for advancing the teaching role of librarians on campus, Dr. Rockman has demonstrated unprecedented leadership as manager of the California State University system-wide Information Competence Initiative," said Gresham. "In this position she has successfully promoted the primacy of campus partnerships in information literacy programs and advanced the integration of information concepts and skills into the learning outcomes of academic departments and disciplines throughout the 23 campuses that make up the CSU system.
"Under Dr. Rockman's guidance, the CSU initiative, remarkable in its scope and scale, proudly stands as a model for colleges and universities around the country. Dr Rockman is currently coordinating the CSU's activities related to the testing and launch of a unique performance-based student assessment instrument developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in partnership with several leading colleges and universities."
Rockman received her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Southern California in 1974, and her M.A. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 1978. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy/Organization Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1985.
The award is sponsored by Elsevier Science on behalf of its journal Research Strategies. A check for $1,250 and a plaque will be presented to Rockman during the IS Program on Sunday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m.
LPSS Marta Lange/CQ Press Award
Merle J. Slyhoff, Document Delivery & Auxiliary Services Librarian and Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The award, established in 1996 by the ACRL Law and Political Science Section (LPSS), honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
"Merle has made extraordinary and sustained contributions to librarianship, scholarship, research, and service to the profession," said Binh Le, chair of the Marta Lange Award Committee.
In addition to her exemplary records of leadership and service in the American Library Association (ALA), including the Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) of ACRL, her other contributions include the creation of the American Association of Law Libraries' (AALL) The Document Delivery Caucus in 1994, a network for law librarians to discuss document delivery and interlibrary issues; the video and DVD collection at the University of Pennsylvania's Biddle Law Library, which contains more than 1,400 law and related titles; and a Web site to support a distinctive law school course entitled Law and the Holocaust. She has been the General Editor of Law Books in Print since 2001, and has written articles for the Law Library Journal, Trends in Law Library Management and Technology, Wilson Library Bulletin and The Video Annual.
Merle received her A.B. from Rutgers University in 1971, and her M.S.L.S. from Drexel University in 1977.
CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque at the Marta Lange/CQ Press Luncheon on Saturday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m.
WSS Career Achievement Award
Ellen J. Broidy, head of YRL Collections in the Research and Instructional Services Department, Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been selected as the 2005 winner of the 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.
"Ellen Broidy has been actively involved in service to women and to women's studies during her entire academic library career," said Sandy River, chair of the WSS award committee. "She has distinguished herself through her publications and presentations in women's studies and through her teaching, both bibliographic instruction and credit courses. The section is particularly delighted to recognize Ellen as a founding member of the Women's Studies section and an active participant in section activities since its creation."
A cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Broidy at the WSS Program on Monday, June 27, at 8:30 a.m.
WSS Significant Achievement Award
Cindy Ingold, Women and Gender Resources Librarian at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Linda Krikos, Head of the Women's Studies Library at Ohio State University, are the winners of the 2005 WSS Award for Significant Achievement In Woman's Studies Librarianship. The award, sponsored by Routledge, honors a significant or one-time contribution to women's studies librarianship.
"The volume edited by Cindy Ingold and Linda Krikos, "Women's Studies: A Recommended Bibliography, 3rd ed.," covers materials published between 1985 and the end of 1999 in nineteen topical areas. It reflects the dramatic growth in women's studies scholarship and publication and will remain an extraordinary reference source for librarians, students and scholars for years to come," said committee chair Sandy River.
A cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Ingold and Krikos at the WSS Program on Monday, June 27, at 8:30 a.m.
Coutts Nijhoff Study Grant
Charlene Kellsey, Assistant Professor and Acting Head of the Original Monographic Cataloging Unit at the University of Colorado, has been selected to receive the 2005 Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant. This grant covers airfare to and from Europe, transportation in Europe, and lodging and board for up to 14 days. 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.
Kellsey proposes to develop a collection level description of the resources held in the Mediathèque d'Arles for the benefit of historians of medieval France.
"Charlene Kellsey's study will be very useful for the scholarly community," said committee chair Katalin Radics.
Kellsey received her B.A. in Medieval Studies from Skidmore College in 1973, and her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland in 1976. She earned her M.A. in History from San Jose State University in 1999.
Kellsey will receive her plaque and 4,500 Euros at the WESS general membership meeting on Monday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m.
Leab Exhibition Award
There are five winners for the 2005 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards. These 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.
Division One (expensive), the winner is "Holding In, Holding On: Artist's Books by Martha A. Hall," by Martha Hall and Martin Antonetti, and submitted by the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College
"A beautifully designed catalog of an exhibition of artist's books by the late Martha A. Hall, who died of metastatic breast cancer two weeks after the exhibition opened," said Melissa Conway, chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) awards committee. "Illustrated with exquisite photographs of each book displayed, the catalog also provides the moving and often brutally honest texts written by Ms. Hall. As an example of how best to exhibit artist's books, it is an outstanding production. As a record of one woman's struggle against a terrifying disease, it is a shining example of how an exhibition catalog can also be a powerful work of art."
Division Two (moderately expensive) the winner is the Huntington Library, Huntington Library Press for their piece entitled "Objects of American Art Education: Highlights from the Diana Korzenik Collection," by Diana Korzenik.
"A gem of a work, beautifully written and illustrated survey of art instruction in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries," said Conway. "The size and format, reminiscent of children's textbooks, is well-suited to the content."
Division Three (inexpensive), the winner is "Commentary: An Exhibition of Artwork by Sylvia Ptak," by Sylvia Ptak and Kyo Maclear, and submitted by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.
Conway described the winning entry as, "Well-designed, well-produced book of a wonderfully apt art form to be exhibited in conjunction with a library collection. The tall format allows for a disposition of text and image that is inherently bookish, and the typefount used is well-matched to the artwork."
Division Four (brochures), Vassar College's brochure entitled "Uncle Tom's Cabin in Print: The Collection of Mary C. Schlosser," by Mary Schlosser, Ronald Patkus, and Joyce Bickerstaff. Conway commented, "With a handsome cover and nine full pages in a folding brochure, this provides an excellent summary of the publishing history of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Includes collector's notes, a chronology and a checklist of 70 items with enough illustration to give it visual interest."
Division Five (electronic exhibition) the winner is The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library for "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend," www.newberry.org/elizabeth.
"Technically tight and easily navigable, organized on the same themes as the rooms and panels of the original and traveling exhibitions: the site succeeds in making the many facets of Elizabeth accessible to a wide audience of varying experience and expertise," said Conway.
Certificates will be presented to each winner at the RBMS Program on Sunday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m.
DLS Conference Sponsorship Award
Martha Kreszock, coordinator of distance learning studies for Appalachian State University, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section (DLS) Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award. This annual award honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
"Martha was selected from a number of strong nominees for her significant contributions to the students and faculty of Appalachian State, and for her ongoing contributions to the field of Distance Learning Librarianship through research, publications, and presentations," said Tom Abbott, chair of the DLS award committee.
The Haworth Press, Inc., sponsor of the award, will present the $1,200 award and plaque during the DLS program on Saturday, June 25, at 1:30 p.m.
CJCLS Leadership Award
Susan M. Maltese, professor of library services and chair of library faculty at Oakton Community College, has been selected as the 2005 winner of the CJCLS/EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award. The award honors significant achievement in the advocacy of learning resources, as well as leadership in professional organizations that support the missions of community, junior and technical colleges.
"Susan has participated in library associations throughout her career," said Alice Lubrecht, CJCLS award committee chair. "She has been active in the CJCLS section of the ACRL since its inception and has held almost every leadership position available. As quoted by one of her CJCLS colleagues, 'she is always willing to do the work that is needed, whatever the task.'"
A citation and $500, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Maltese during the CJCLS Awards Breakfast, Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m.
CJCLS Program Achievement Award
Kate Connell, reference/instruction and library exhibitions curator, and Suzanne Lo, reference/instruction and library program committee chair, both of the City College of San Francisco, have been chosen to receive the CJCLS/EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award for their work on the City College of San Francisco's Library Programs and Exhibitions Committee. The committee partners with a variety of instructional departments on campus and with community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to develop programs and exhibitions that offer co-curricular learning opportunities that enrich the intellectual, aesthetic and cultural life of the campus community.
"The outreach effort and success of this program is impressive and there are ideas here for all community college libraries," said Lubrecht. "The diversity of the programs offered shows a real interest in getting all members of the campus involved. This program demonstrates how a library can work to raise its profile on campus to more than a place where there are books and research is done, but to a vibrant campus entity that reaches out to people and engages them."
A citation and $500, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Connell and Lo during the CJCLS Awards Breakfast, Saturday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m.
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