Kahl named 2016 Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award winner

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/26/2016


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator



CHICAGO – Chad Kahl, interim associate dean for public services and information technology at Illinois State University, has been awarded the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

SAGE-CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque to Kahl during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Chad’s extensive contributions to legal and political science librarianship spans from service to scholarship, continually demonstrating his knowledge of the field, and passion for civic engagement,” said award Chair Mary K. Oberlies, conflict and peace studies librarian at George Mason University. “He has played an active role in the Law and Political Science section of ACRL, having served on numerous committees, and as the section chair, vice-chair/chair-elect, and past chair. Within LPSS he has developed the strategic direction of the section, assisted with programming, and spearheaded efforts to resurrect the Statistical Resources on the Web guide.”

“Professionally, Chad has worked to create a politically engaged campus at Illinois State University, serving on the task force to create a Center for Civic Engagement, and chairing the Political Engagement Project Coordinating Council,” Oberlies continued. “His scholarship also highlights his contributions to the legal and political science librarianship with publications and presentations that focus on the intersection of libraries and government, including his chapter in Privacy in the Digital Age, ‘Library Patrons and the National Security State.’  His bibliographic reference source International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics: A Guide to Reference and Information Services is widely held within libraries and an invaluable reference source for political science and international relations.”

Kahl received his B.A. in Political Science, M.S. in Library Science, and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information regarding the ACRL LPSS Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


About ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at www.acrl.org/, Facebook at www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About SAGE
Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 900 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne. Visit SAGE online at www.sagepublishing.com.