Dolores Fidishun wins 2008 ACRL WSS Career Achievement Award

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
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For Immediate Release,
February, 26, 2008

Dolores Fidishun wins 2008 ACRL WSS Career Achievement Award

CHICAGO - Dolores Fidishun, head librarian at the Penn State Great Valley Library, has been selected as the 2008 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women's Studies Section (WSS) Career Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., honors significant long-standing contributions to women's studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career.

A cash prize of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented to Fidishun at the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., during the WSS Program at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 30.

“Dolores epitomizes what the ACRL Women's Studies Section is all about,” said Kelly Barrick, chair of the WSS award committee and coordinator of reference and instruction/ librarian for gay and lesbian studies and women's studies at Yale University. “She actively engages in issues involving the practices of women's studies librarianship and the politics of feminist librarians; she is a pioneering researcher in the study of adult learners, women and technology and she is an extraordinary mentor to librarians in all fields of the profession. One nominator wrote that Ms. Fidishun has an 'unselfish spirit to serve and assist others.' I couldn't agree more.”

Fidishun received both her Ed.D. and M.Ed from Widener University. She earned her M.S.L.S. from Drexel University, and her B.S. from Kutztown University.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), 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.