Carla J. Stoffle wins Joseph W. Lippincott Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/10/2012


CHICAGO — Carla J. Stoffle, dean of libraries and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, is the 2012 recipient of the Joseph W. Lippincott Award of the American Library Association.  This prestigious award was established in 1938 and is given annually to an individual who has provided distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.  It is made possible by the award founder’s grandson, Joseph W. Lippincott, III.

“It is with distinct pleasure that the 2012 Award Jury recognizes Carla Stoffle for her outstanding and extensive accomplishments in the field of library and information science,” said Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., chair of the Lippincott Award Committee and president of The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Conn. “Carla has clearly earned this important honor and continues to work tirelessly for the advancement of our ‘profession.’”

A graduate of the University of Colorado (BA), the University of Kentucky (MSLS) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. coursework), Stoffle has served her chosen field well for many years.  She has held various library positions at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, University of Michigan and, for the past two decades, at the University of Arizona.  Her efforts have earned her many other distinctions, including ALA’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award and the Equality Award.

Stoffle has had a strong professional impact on the American Library Association, having served as treasurer, a councilor-at-large, an endowment trustee and a member of the executive board.  Her other numerous committee assignments include Accreditation, Legislative, Nominations and Programs, as well as COPES (Committee on Program Evaluation and Support).  She has also been a very effective leader in ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries, having been president, and College Library Section chair, in addition to serving on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Planning Committee and Strategic Planning Task Force.

One of the special requirements of the Lippincott Award is that the recipient possess “notable published professional writing.”  Stoffle has achieved this to the highest degree, having written, or participated in the writing of, more than 60 articles and chapters spanning more than 40 years.  She has also served on a number of professional editorial and advisory boards during her exemplary career.

Her list of significant professional activities is quite lengthy and covers a broad range of academic, research and public library interests, as well as her teaching attributes.  She has been described by her peers as a “bold innovator,” a person committed “to staff development as a core value,” one who has developed systems for “achieving greater diversity in the library profession,” a believer that our profession is “rooted in the value of fairness and inclusion,” a champion of “individual empowerment,” an “effective activist” and one who “has focused her life’s work on innovation and change.”  The accolades that flow from her colleagues only enrich the recognition she is being given through the Lippincott Award.

Members of the 2012 Joseph W. Lippincott Award Jury are: Nancy Dickinson, Hillsboro Elementary School, Hillsboro, Tenn.; Sarah Ann Long, Dominican University, River Forest, Ill.; Dorothy M. Persson, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; and Teri R. Switzer, Ph. D., University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., Ferguson Library, Stamford, Conn. (chair).

The Joseph W. Lippincott Award will be presented to Carla Stoffle at the ALA Award Ceremony at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2013 Joseph W. Lippincott Award is Dec. 1.

Guidelines and application forms are available on the ALA website.