MacDonald wins 2017 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/15/2017


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator


CHICAGO – Mary MacDonald, professor and head of instructional services at the University of Rhode Island, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

MacDonald will receive her $1,000 award, along with a plaque, during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“Through her passionate commitment to student learning, Mary MacDonald has made significant contributions to the advancement of information literacy in academic libraries and beyond,” said award chair Ellysa Stern Cahoy of Penn State University Libraries. “At the University of Rhode Island, she pioneered for-credit information literacy courses, developed a comprehensive information literacy program, and succeeded in including information literacy as an assessable general education campus outcome. In recognition of this work, the ACRL Instruction Section identified the University of Rhode Island as an ‘Exemplary information literacy program’ in 2014.”

“MacDonald’s textbook, Teaching Information Literacy, written with Joanna M. Burkhardt and Andree J. Rathemacher, is now in its second edition and is used frequently in LIS instruction,” continued Cahoy. “Together with her continuing role as a professor in the University of Rhode Island library school, Mary has contributed throughout her career to the development of instruction librarians. During her recent 2016 sabbatical, she surveyed and interviewed over twenty-five Rhode Island high school librarians as the beginning of a statewide collaboration to create a digital toolkit of resources for RI librarian-educators. Mary has been active in ACRL, is a leader in her state and regional library associations, and was a long-time instructor in the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program.”

“Her extensive record of teaching with impact, at the undergraduate and graduate level, is complemented by her extensive service and tireless work and enthusiasm for helping advance information literacy as an essential learning outcome for all students,” Cahoy said. “In her nominators’ words, Mary MacDonald ‘encourages us – and others – to push the boundaries of what is possible, and to adapt to the rich and constantly-changing world of education while keeping our eyes firmly on the core principles of information literacy and librarianship.’ It is in recognition of this philosophy and the impressive depth and breadth of her body of work that we award Mary MacDonald with the 2017 Miriam Dudley Award.”

MacDonald received her M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


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