2018 ACRL Award Winners

Division Award Winners

Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (Sponsor: GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO)

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David W. Lewis
Dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis University Library

“David Lewis is a visionary in academic libraries, and he has shared his vision widely over an illustrious career. The award committee noted that David has been inclusive in his leadership and service, which has benefited academic librarianship at many levels. An example of this is his leadership of the Indiana Shared Print Project. He has left no groups behind.” - Dr. Jennifer L. Fabbi, ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee Chair.

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Excellence in Academic Libraries Awards (Sponsor: GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO)

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Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

“From their many events and partnerships to scholarly publishing and information literacy initiatives and a strong commitment to the arts, along with their innovative digital history and data management projects, the VCU Libraries demonstrate exemplary planning and actions that contribute to the library’s central role in the work of the university." - Ann Campion Riley, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Committee Chair.

Application available here.


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State University of New York College at Geneseo
Geneseo, New York

“A strong commitment to open access to scholarship and educational resources, their Summer Library Research Academy, and work with local high schools, along with great partnerships and inspiring letters of support from across their community, highlighted the strength of the Milne Library’s programs and outreach." - Ann Campion Riley, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Committee Chair.

Application available here.



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Naugatuck Valley Community College
Waterbury, Connecticut

“The wealth of innovation taking place at the Traurig Library, such as circulating guitars, their revision of instruction based on assessment, and their close partnerships with high schools for student transition and achievement, set them apart as forward-thinking and student-focused.” - Ann Campion Riley, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Committee Chair.

Application available here.



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Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (Sponsors: ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA, LITA)

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Larry P. Alford
Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto

“The committee selected Larry P. Alford because of his distinguished career as an academic librarian, including his outstanding experience in library automation and library management, as well as his demonstrated risk taking in redesigning library spaces and securing funding for renovations. He believes in nurturing new library professionals and has served as a mentor in both the Northern Exposure to Leadership Initiative and the Senior Fellow Program at UCLA. Larry, an innovator and visionary, epitomizes what Hugh C. Atkinson represented to our profession.” - Theresa S. Byrd, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Chair.

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Section Award Winners

CJCLS Awards (Sponsor: EBSCO Information Services)

Library Resources Leadership Award
No recipient.

Library Program Achievement Award

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Bucks County Community College, for its Learning Resources Faculty Institutes program

CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award (Sponsor: SCELC)

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Teresa D. Williams, Business Librarian at Butler University

Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award (Sponsor: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group)

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Marcia E. Rapchak, Head of Teaching and Learning at Duquesne University

EBSS Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award

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Scott Collard, Head of Specialized Research Services at New York University

ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant (Sponsor: De Gruyter Foundation)

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Anna Dysert, Cataloguer Librarian at McGill University, for her project “A Survey of the Manuscripts of Isaac Israeli: The Transmission and Transformation of 12th-Century Medicine”

IS Awards

IS Innovation Award (Sponsor: EBSCO Information Services)

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Trent Brager, Amy Mars, and Kim Pittman, for their work on 23 Framework Things

IS Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award (Sponsor: Emerald Publishing)

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Jennifer E. Nutefall, as editor of the book Service Learning, Information Literacy, and Libraries.

IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award (Sponsor: ACRL Instruction Section)

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Sharon Mader, Dean Emeritus and Professor at the University of New Orleans

PPIRS Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award (Sponsor: SAGE-CQ Press)

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Allan Scherlen, Professor and Social Sciences Librarian at Appalachian State University

RBMS/Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards (Sponsor: Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Endowment)

Category 1 Winner (Expensive)
Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for Gather Out of Star-Dust: A Harlem Renaissance Album

Category 2 Winner (Moderately Expensive)
University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library for Struggle and Story: Canada in Print

Category 3 Winner (Inexpensive)
Georgetown University Library for Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes: A Musical Friendship

Category 4 Winner (Brochures)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library for H.G. Wells: Time Traveler

Category 5 Winner (Electronic)
University of Alberta’s Bruce Peel Special Collections Library for Tinctor’s Foul Treatise

Winner Announcement

STS Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences (Sponsor: Eunice Rockwood Oberly Endowment)

Awarded in odd years.

ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award (Sponsor: Library Juice Academy)

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Corey Halaychik and Ashley Maynor

WGSS Achievement in Women's Studies Librarianship Awards (Sponsor: Duke University Press)

Career Achievement

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Diedre Conkling, Director of the Lincoln County Library District

Significant Achievement

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Shirley Lew and Baharak Yousefi