Kelsey, VandenBroek receive ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

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NEWS
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2010

Kelsey, VandenBroek receive ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Sigrid Kelsey and Angela K. VandenBroek, both of Louisiana State University (LSU), have been named the 2010 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. This annual award honors an ALA member who has demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors and/or the library community. ProQuest will present the $3,000 award and plaque at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 during the CLS program at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“The committee chose Sigrid and Angela as this year’s award recipients for their commitment to providing open source content that can be used by college libraries to support development of dynamic research guides using Delicious,” said award committee chair Barbara Burd, dean of library services at Coastal Carolina University. “Their Subject Guide Toolbox provides an easy interface that can be used by subject specialists to customize content. The awards committee commended these librarians for their creativity in developing research guides to improve access to resources and in their willingness to share their expertise and innovation with libraries throughout the United States.”

The Subject Guide Toolbox combines Web 2.0 technology with an easy-to-use interface allowing subject specialists to develop subject guides using Delicious to select resources and to enter unique content. By sharing the instructions and source code, the LSU librarians have demonstrated a commitment to open source that benefits college libraries.

Kelsey serves as the electronic reference services and Web development coordinator at the LSU libraries. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. VandenBroek is a library associate in the Reference and Electronic Services department of LSU’s Middleton Library. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University.

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