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For Immediate Release
April 28, 2006

                                                      

Robert Lackie receives 2006 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship

 

CHICAGO-The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Robert Lackie, Instruction and Reference Librarian at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, is the 2006 recipient of the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.  The award, given annually to honor an individual for contributing significantly to the public recognition and appreciation of librarianship through professional performance, teaching, and/or writing, consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement. 

 

Robert Lackie is being recognized for his contributions in promoting the library profession in the academic, public, and school library sectors through his extensive teachings, writings, and professional service.   Described by Vibiana Bowman, Rutgers University, as an "an indefatigable ambassador for librarianship," Lackie is quite well-known among library and educational professionals in the mid-Atlantic region as a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher, educator, and speaker; he has taught a legendary number of courses ranging from basic library instruction sessions and professional development training programs to graduate library science courses at Rutgers University. 

 

Based on his innovative ideas for programming and workshops and his engaging teaching style, Lackie was invited to speak on several occasions to Highlands Regional Library Cooperative and Rockland BOCES School Library System, among other groups.   According to Robert Congleton of Rider University, "his enthusiasm is infectious and spreads like an epidemic to his audience, who respond by showing an energy and excitement in their questions and participation."

 

Lackie is not only an outstanding librarian and teacher and a recipient of the Rider University for Teaching Excellence Award in 2004, he also is a scholar and prolific writer.   His publication list includes numerous articles published in scholarly and professional journals on subjects such as the invisible web and teaching in the e-classroom; a variety of curricular resources; and, several chapters in the book "The Plagiarism Plague" (Neal Schuman, 2004), which were singled out in several reviews for their style and content.

  

On his own campus, Robert serves as an outstanding role model and mentor to his colleagues and students.   Notably, he was Rider University's first "Faculty-in-Residence," living with his family in a freshman residence hall where, from 1998 to 2002, he conducted academic seminars and social events for freshman students. 

 

Also active in state and national professional library associations, Lackie was selected as the New Jersey Librarian of the Year in 2004.   Given his love of teaching and libraries, it is clear that Robert Lackie exemplifies and promotes librarianship in everything he does.

 

Members of the 2006 Ken Haycock Award Jury are:   Norice Lee (chair), New Mexico State University; Patricia Mary Cavill, Pat Cavill Consulting, Canada; Rory Litwin, University of Minnesota; and Mitch M. Stepanovich, University of Texas at Arlington.

 

The 2006 Ken Haycock Award will be presented at the ALA Award Ceremony and Reception, Tuesday, June 27, during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

 

The deadline for submissions of applications for the 2006 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship is December 1, 2006. Guidelines and application forms are available on the ALA Web site http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsbucket/haycockaward/haycockaward.htm.

 

 

Robert Lackie receives 2006 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship