Jacobs receives 2010 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year award

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CHICAGO - Heidi L.M. Jacobs, information literacy librarian at the University of Windsor, has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for her article, “Information Literacy and Reflective Pedagogical Praxis,”published in the May 2008 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. The award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.         Â
“The Instruction Section Awards committee chose Jacobs’ article because it represents simultaneously timely and timeless appreciation and inspiration for both the intellectual underpinning and the practice of information literacy pedagogy,” said award committee co-chair Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, associate professor and instruction and reference services librarian at Longwood University. “Jacobs’ conclusion best describes this:

For librarians working directly with information literacy programs, it is particularly easy in the midst of a busy teaching load to lose sight of the fact that what we are doing goes far beyond Boolean searching and Library of Congress Subject Headings. The work we do is part of a broader educative project that works to empower individuals both locally and globally.

“Information Literacy and Reflective Pedagogical Praxis” expands upon dialogues within Composition and Rhetoric to examine information literacy pedagogy,” Kocevar-Weidinger continued. “It considers how academic librarians can theorize our profession in a way that inspires us to ask new questions of our teaching, our educational purpose. In so doing, Jacobs’ work fosters creative, reflective and critical habits of mind regarding pedagogical praxis.”

The award, donated by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $3,000. Jacobs will receive the award during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.Â

Jacobs earned her B.A. with honors in English and her M.A. in English from the University of Alberta. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her MLIS from the University of Western Ontario.


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