For immediate release | February 28, 2012

Burke, Lai and Rogers receive ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Anne Burke, Adrienne Lai and Adam Rogers, all of North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, have been named the 2012 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on the NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt.

This annual award honors an ALA member who has demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors and/or the library community.

ProQuest will present the $3,000 award and plaque at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 during the CLS program at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

The NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt combines the use of the iPod Touch and the free app Evernote to create a dynamic experience for the students as they are oriented to the library and its services. Prompts lead the students to different areas of the library in order to complete tasks or to answers questions. Responses are submitted in real time via text or photographs using Evernote.

“The NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt is an interactive, collaborative and innovative approach to library orientation,” said award committee co-chairs Amy E. Badertscher, director of library services at Kenyon College, and Jessica O'Brien, technology and learning support librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University. “This program can be easily replicated by other libraries, both large and small.”

Burke is the undergraduate instruction and outreach librarian at NCSU. She received her M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville College. She earned her B.A. from Georgetown University.

Lai is a library fellow at NCSU. She received her M.L.I.S. from the University of British Columbia, her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art at the University of California-Irvine and her Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Lai earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design.

Rogers is emerging technology services librarian at NCSU. He received his M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and his B.A. in Anthropology and English from the University of Virginia.

For more information regarding the ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College LibrarianshipAward, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit


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David Free