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Contact:  Megan Bielefeld
ACRL Program Coordinator
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2004

                     ACRL announces recipients of 2004 awards

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its 2004 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 award during the American Library Association's (ALA) Annual conference, June 24 -30, Orlando, Fla.

ACRL 2004 recipients are:

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Judy Jeng, a Ph.D., Rutgers University, has been awarded the 2004 ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her proposal, "Usability of Digital Library: An Evaluation Model." The fellowship is sponsored by Thomson ISI, and fosters research in academic librarianship by encouraging and supporting dissertation research.

Jeng received her B.A. from National Taiwan University in 1981, and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984.

Kathryn Blackmer-Reyes, chair of the selection committee, said, "If Jeng can develop an evaluative model that makes it easier for many academic librarians to perform a usability study with high reliability, I think that will be a powerful tool for Web site assessment.  From Jeng's proposal, the committee felt she would produce results that are likely to have the most practical application for the majority of college and university librarians and their libraries."

The award of $1,500 and a plaque will be presented during the ACRL President's Program Monday, June 28, at 1:30 p.m.

IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award
William Miller, director of libraries, Florida Atlantic University, is the winner of the ACRL Instruction Section's 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.

Dudley chair Trudi Jacobson wrote, "Dr. William Miller's contributions to information literacy are wide ranging and have been sustained over time.  He has made contributions to the institutional, state, and national levels, and he has initiated or enhanced academic instruction programs wherever he has worked."

The award is sponsored by Elsevier Science on behalf of its journal Research Strategies. A check for $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Miller during the IS Program on Sunday, June 27, at 1:30 p.m.

Marta Lange/CQ Award

Lucia Snowhill, collections coordinator, University of California Santa Barbara, has been named the 2004 recipient of Marta Lange/Congressional Quarterly (CQ) 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.

"Lucia Snowhill has demonstrated over many years the kind of commitment to LPSS that has made her a standout," said Graham R. Walden, chair of the Marta Lange Award Committee.  "Snowhill has been active in a number of committees and has been the editor of the section newsletter."

Congressional Quarterly, Inc., sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque at the Marta Lange/CQ Luncheon on Saturday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m.

WSS Career Achievement Award
Phyllis Holman Weisbard, women's studies librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the 2004 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.

"The Women's Studies Section is honored to give this award to Phyllis Holman Weisbard," Dolores Fidishun, chair of the WSS award committee said.  "Her leadership in the area of Women's Studies resources in technology, particularly through the University of Wisconsin Women's Studies Librarian's office Web site and its accompanying resources, along with her recognized contributions to the discipline of Women's Studies, both in and outside of libraries, made her an obvious choice."

A cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Weisbard at the WSS Program on Monday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m.

WSS Significant Achievement Award

Donna Roe, senior librarian and head of cataloging and database management, University of Detroit Mercy, is the winner of the 2004 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.

"Donna Roe is an example for all Women's Studies librarians. She has brought Women's Studies into the forefront of her institution, creating a Web site, advocating for budget funds for disciplinary resources, and supporting faculty in many ways. Her accomplishments give us all encouragement as we seek to be advocates for those we serve in Women's Studies Libraries," said committee chair Dolores Fidishun.

A cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Roe at the WSS Program on Monday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m.

Coutts Nijhoff Study Grant

Helene S. Baumann, librarian for African and Western European studies,Duke University, has been selected to receive the 2004 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 fourteen (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.

"Helene Baumann's project is a top-drawer example of the unique and innovative ways that librarians, in this case area-studies librarians, contribute to research and scholarship around the world," said committee chair Gordon Anderson.  "Her work with the Frankfurt University Library and its German Colonial Society Archive will make more accessible to English-speaking scholars this extremely valuable source of documentation about an important period in African and European history."
Baumann will receive her plaque and 4,500 Euros at the WESS general membership meeting on Monday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m.

Leab Exhibition Award
There are five winners for the 2004 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 "Elizabeth I: Then and Now," by Georgiana Ziegler, compiler, and submitted by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

"The publication is beautifully designed in large format, with an excellent use of various pictorial resources," said Melissa Conway, chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) awards committee. "The well-informed and judiciously edited text would appeal both to the scholar and the student discovering Elizabeth for the first time.  An excellent guide to the exhibition itself as well as a useful survey of the Folger's holdings about Elizabeth I."

Division Two (moderately expensive) the winner is the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library of the University of Alberta Libraries for their piece entitled "First Impressions: The Fledgling Years of the Black Sparrow press 1966-1970," by Professor Michael O'Driscoll, et al.

"A balanced and artful use of color illustrations, and well-chosen type and paper, all reflecting the design impulses seen in the work of the Black Sparrow Press itself," said Conway. "The excellent text was produced by graduate students as part of a seminar under the direction of their professor in an admirable blending of curatorship and scholarship."

Division Three (inexpensive), the winner is "The Auroral Light: Photographs by Women from Grolier Club Member Collections," by Anne H. Hoy and Kimball Higgs, from The Grolier Club. Conway described the winning entry as, "Impeccable in its design, type and execution, with reproductions of very high quality. Provides an introduction both to a remarkable group of photographs, and the remarkable group of collectors who have assembled them."

Division Four (brochures), the Getty Research Institute's brochure entitled "Robert Motherwell: A la pintura/To Painting is the winner," Conway commented, "Visually arresting design in bold colors and format, it unfolds to lead the viewer through the exhibition and makes a handsome keepsake.  Accompanied by an excellent essay and checklist, this brochure exemplifies the best use of both limited space and resources."

Division Five (electronic exhibition) the winner is the Bancroft Library of the University of California for "The California Grizzly at the Bancroft Library,"

"An interesting topic, displaying a creativity and continuity of design," said Conway.   "High-quality images were well-chosen and displayed, with derivative images for closer inspection presented uniformly, essential ease of navigation, successful adoption of several state-of-the art coding techniques, and an admirable dedication to making the site accessible to disabled viewers."

Certificates will be presented to each winner at the RBMS Program on Sunday, June 27 at 1:30 p.m.

EBSS Distinguished Librarian

Laurene E. Zaporozhetz, dean of university libraries, Murray State University, has been chosen to receive the 2004 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Education & Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. This award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession.

"Dr. Zaporozhetz was selected for her contributions to the education and behavioral sciences in service to the profession (both librarianship and education) by: developing and teaching courses; completing research with publications in both librarianship and education; being active in accreditation (both SACS and NCATE);  serving in positions with increasing administrative responsibility within libraries; and always remembering that an important role of a library is to educate," said committee chair Charles Thurston.

A prize of $1,000 and a plaque, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., will be presented to Zaporozhetz at the EBSS Program on Saturday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 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 librarians.  Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environment.