Craig Gibson wins 2008 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

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For Immediate Release,
February 5, 2008

Craig Gibson wins 2008 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO - Craig Gibson, associate university librarian for research, instructional and outreach services at George Mason University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section's Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led 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.

The award is sponsored by Elsevier on behalf of its library and information science program. A check for $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Gibson during the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., during the IS Program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

“Craig Gibson is a nationally recognized leader in the profession and has significantly advanced both the scholarship and the practical understanding and implementation of information literacy,” wrote Jennifer Dorner, chair of the IS Dudley award committee and head of instructional services at the University of California, Berkeley.

Gibson has authored noteworthy book articles and chapters on information literacy and related topics and most recently served as editor of Student Engagement and Information Literacy (ACRL 2006). Craig has also been selected as the Editor of ACRL Publications in Librarianship (2008-2012), a monographic series that presents thematic approaches to the leading research and scholarly thinking in librarianship.

His service to the profession includes 25 active years of membership in the ACRL Instruction Section, numerous ACRL committee appointments and an ACRL liaison role to the TLT (Teaching and Learning with Technology) Group. He served on the ACRL task force that drafted the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and, later, as a reviewer of discipline-specific applications of those Standards for two professional library associations.

For almost twenty years Craig has presented at conferences and workshops and has participated in panels. He is frequently invited to speak at national conferences and has served as a consultant for many college and university libraries, sharing his experience of teaching and learning practices, professional development and best practices for liaison librarianship and liaison programs. Craig has also contributed to the professional development of hundreds of librarians through his role as a faculty member for the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion program.

As one colleague put it, Gibson's “outstanding commitment to service, leadership and teaching has enriched the professional lives of many colleagues.”

Craig has been associate university librarian for research, instructional and outreach services at George Mason University since 2005. Prior to that, he was associate university librarian for public services at George Mason University from 1996-2005. He served as head of the Library User Education Program at Washington State University Libraries from 1988-96 and was reference/instruction librarian at Lewis-Clark State College from 1986-88. Gibson was assistant documents librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1985-86 and served as a consultant for the Colorado State Library, State Publications Depository and Distribution Center, in 1985.

Craig received his M.A. in Librarianship and Information Management from the University of Denver in 1984.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 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 and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.