Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award

About the Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award This annual award recognizes an academic or law librarian who, through research, service to the profession, or other creative activity, makes distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science. This award honors Marta Lange, 1990-91 Law and Political Science Sections (LPSS) Chair, whose exceptional talents as a leader were enhanced by a wonderful collegial spirit. Her bright career, cut short in a fatal automobile accident in 1992, was an inspiration to others and a model of professional service.

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2016 Winner(s)

Chad Kahl

Interim Associate Dean for Public Services and Information Technology at Illinois State University

“Chad’s extensive contributions to legal and political science librarianship spans from service to scholarship, continually demonstrating his knowledge of the field, and passion for civic engagement,” said award Chair Mary K. Oberlies, conflict and peace studies librarian at George Mason University. “He has played an active role in the Law and Political Science section of ACRL, having served on numerous committees, and as the section chair, vice-chair/chair-elect, and past chair. Within LPSS he has developed the strategic direction of the section, assisted with programming, and spearheaded efforts to resurrect the Statistical Resources on the Web guide.”

“Professionally, Chad has worked to create a politically engaged campus at Illinois State University, serving on the task force to create a Center for Civic Engagement, and chairing the Political Engagement Project Coordinating Council,” Oberlies continued. “His scholarship also highlights his contributions to the legal and political science librarianship with publications and presentations that focus on the intersection of libraries and government, including his chapter in Privacy in the Digital Age, ‘Library Patrons and the National Security State.’  His bibliographic reference source International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics: A Guide to Reference and Information Services is widely held within libraries and an invaluable reference source for political science and international relations.”