For immediate release | February 11, 2014

Holliday and Rogers receive 2014 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year award

CHICAGO – Wendy Holliday, head of academic programs and course support at Northern Arizona University, and Jim Rogers, associate professor and director of the Intensive English Language Institute at Utah State University, have been chosen as the winners of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, for their article “Talking About Information Literacy: The Mediating Role of Discourse in a College Writing Classroom,” published in 2013 by portal: Libraries and the Academy. The award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.

The award, donated by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $3,000. Holliday and Rogers will receive the award during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

“Holliday and Rogers’s study is important because it challenges us to think about how the words we use to describe the research process in the classroom affects student learning and engagement in research,” said award committee co-Chairs Lori DuBois of Williams College and Susanna Eng-Ziskin of California State University-Northridge.

In their study, Holliday and Rogers analyze how librarians and writing instructors’ word choices focusing on “sources” as containers instead of the ideas within them may lead students to focus on finding sources to fulfill the assignment parameters rather than engaging more fully with the information to learn about the research topic.

Holliday received her MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her PhD in History from New York University. She has been an academic librarian since 2002, with an emphasis on information literacy and teaching and learning.

Rogers received his MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University, his MSc in Educational Technology and Systems Design from the University of Twente, NL, and his PhD in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. He has extensive experience teaching English as a Second Language and teaching graduate students in ESL education programs, as well as in creating faculty professional development programs related to ESL and teaching and learning.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that 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, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator