Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award

ACRL's Awards program will be on hold for the 2021-2022 award season, during which time nominations will not be accepted or juried and no recipients will be chosen for any ACRL awards. For more information, please contact Lauren Carlton.

This conference sponsorship award honors any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

The award is administrated by the ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section (DOLS).


A plaque to honor the recipient’s achievements and $1,200 to attend the ALA Annual Conference sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.


Nominees should have demonstrated achievements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support for distance learning librarianship and library services, e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation and/or leadership
  • Participate in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality
  • Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students
  • Significant research, publication, or presentations in areas of distance learning librarianship

Application/Nomination Process

Submissions are not currently being accepted.

Electronic submissions through the online nomination form are required. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Submissions must include three letters of nomination or support (maximum two pages double spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font) and a current resume/curricula vitae (CV). Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received by the specified deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Questions or requests for assistance in compiling a nomination should be directed to the award committee chairs Erica J. Getts, and Alexandra Hauser,

View the full award committee roster here.

2021 Recipient

Photo of Natalie Haber
Natalie Haber, Online Services Librarian, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Previous Recipients

  • 2020 – Samantha (Sam) Harlow, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • 2019 – Victoria (Torrie) Raish, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2018 – Marcia E. Rapchak, Duquesne University
  • 2017 – Heather Blicher, Northern Virginia Community College
  • 2016 – Elizabeth Brumfield, Prairie View A&M University
  • 2015 – Christina Sibley, Arizona Western College
  • 2014 – Frederick Stielow, American Public University System
  • 2013 – Jane M. Hutton, West Chester University
  • 2012 – Johanna Ruth Tuñón, Nova Southeastern University
  • 2011 – Cassandra Kvenild, University of Wyoming
  • 2010 – Thomas E. Abbott, University of Maine at Augusta
  • 2009 – Jack Fritts, Benedictine University
  • 2008 – Harvey Gover, Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • 2007 – Anne Marie Casey, Central Michigan University
  • 2006 – Monica Hines Craig, Central Michigan University
  • 2005 – Martha Kreszock, Appalachian State University
  • 2004 – Susan S. Lowe, University of Maine System