2019 ACRL Award Winners

Division Award Winners

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

Photo of Kaetrena Davis Kendrick
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick
Associate Librarian at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster Medford Library

“Kaetrena Davis Kendrick is a fully engaged and dedicated professional with her finger on the pulse of some of the most relevant and significant issues in academic librarianship today. Her work in the areas of underserved and rural user populations, professional ethics, and morale in the profession are discussed widely and used in graduate library programs. Kaetrena is framing discussions influencing the future of our profession and the next generation of librarians.” - Dr. Jennifer L. Fabbi, ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee Chair.

Read the full winner announcement!

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

Photo of Swarthmore College library

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA

The social justice theme that infused all of the work presented in Swarthmore College’s materials made them a standout, exemplifying their team approach and thoughtful integration of values." - Irene M.H. Herold, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Committee Chair.

Application available here.




Photo of College of Western Idaho Library
Community College
The College of Western Idaho
Nampa, ID

“The College of Western Idaho is a college and library that did not exist ten years ago. Now, this library provides a model of best practice for what can be accomplished with creativity, will power, and goodwill. In a decentralized campus, the library was innovative in looking at how to function and provide communal space to support student and campus needs as a library, maker hub, and mobile classroom." - Irene M.H. Herold, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Committee Chair.

Application available here.


Photo of Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

“The Kelvin Smith Library partners to solve community problems and applies what they do to solve problems within their own community. As quoted in their nomination, ‘Research can be used for the advocacy of communities experiencing disruption and inequality,’ and the library is a shining model of this.” - Irene M.H. Herold, Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Committee Chair.

Application available here.



Read the full winner announcement!

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

Photo of John Price WilkinJohn Price Wilkin
Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“John Price Wilkin exemplifies the spirit of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award through leadership, risk taking, and innovation. John was an early adopter of structured markup languages such as SGML and XML in his work at the University of Michigan as head of the Humanities Text Initiative and head of digital library production service, providing access to digital texts as well as a means for searchability and textual analysis. This work later inspired online publishing efforts at other institutions, including the California Digital Library.” - Bruce Johnson, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Committee chair.

Read the full winner announcement!

Section Award Winners

CJCLS Awards (Sponsor: EBSCO Information Services)

Library Resources Leadership Award

No winner selected.

Library Program Achievement Award

Photo of Laura Luiz
Laura Luiz, Reference Librarian at Bakersfield College

CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award (Sponsor: SCELC)

Photo of Bill Jones and Ben Rawlins of SUNY Geneseo
Bill Jones and Ben Rawlins, both of the State University of New York (SUNY)-Geneseo Milne Library

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

Photo of Torrie Raish
Victoria (Torrie) Raish, Online Learning Librarian at Pennsylvania State University

EBSS Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award (Sponsor: American Psychological Association)

Photo of Joyce Garczynski
Joyce Garczynski, Assistant University Librarian for Development and Communications at Towson University

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

Photo of Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer K. Nelson, Robbins Collection, University of California-Berkeley School of Law, for her project “Iucundum mihi est reperiri typographum: A Case Study of an Early Modern Publishing Success Story.”

IS Awards

IS Innovation Award (Sponsor: EBSCO Information Services)

Photo of OSU Undergrad Research and Writing Studio faculty and staff
Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries and Press Undergrad Research and Writing Studio

IS Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award (Sponsor: Carrick Enterprises)

Photo of Stefanie Bluemle
Stefanie R. Bluemle, Research and Instruction Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at Augustana College, for her article “Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election"

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

Photo of Megan Oakleaf
Megan Oakleaf, Associate Professor and Director of Instructional Quality at Syracuse University

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

Photo of Lynda Kellam
Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro

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

Category 1 Winner (Expensive)
University of Alberta’s Bruce Peel Special Collections Library for Experiment: Printing the Canadian Imagination: Highlights from the David McKnight Canadian Little Magazine and Small Press Collection

Category 1 Honorable Mention (Expensive)
The Getty Research Institute for Artists and Their Books/Books and Their Artists

Category 2 Winner (Moderately Expensive)
University of Miami Lowe Art Museum and University of Miami Libraries for Antillean Visions; or, Maps and the Making of the Caribbean: An Exhibition of Cartographic Art at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Category 3 Winner (Inexpensive)
Penn State Libraries Eberly Family Special Collections for Field Guide to Fairy-Tale Wolves

Category 3 Honorable Mention (Inexpensive)
Providence Public Library Special Collections for HairBrained

Category 3 Notable Citation (Inexpensive)
Washington University Libraries Julian Edison Department of Special Collections for The Monster’s Library: An Exhibition Curated by Students Enrolled in Frankenstein, Origins & Afterlives

Category 4 Co-Winner (Brochures)
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library for Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin

Category 4 Co-Winner (Brochures)
University of Pennsylvania Libraries Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts for Ok, I’ll Do It Myself

Category 5 Winner (Electronic)
University of Victoria Libraries for Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend

Category 5 Honorable Mention (Electronic)
University of Delaware Library for Things Aren’t What They Seem: Forgeries and Deceptions from the UD Collections

Read the full announcement here!

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

Image of Douglas Karlen   Image of Lorrie Pellack
Douglas Karlen and Lorrie Pellack for their article “Iowa Crop Variety Yield Testing: A History and Annotated Bibliography"

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

Photo of Lynda Kellam
Lynda Kellam, Data Services and Government Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro

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

Career Achievement

Photo of Carrie Kruse
Carrie Kruse, Director of College Library, User Experience, and Library Spaces at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Significant Achievement

Photo of Rose Chou   Photo of Annie Pho
Rose L. Chou and Annie Pho