For immediate release | February 13, 2014

Stielow named 2014 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Frederick Stielow, vice president and dean of libraries, electronic course materials and APUS ePress at the American Public University System (APUS), has been named the 2014 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and administrated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section (DLS), honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group will present the $1,200 award and plaque at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

“Fred Stielow’s contribution to online learning at his institution as well as in the field has been quite substantial,” said award Chair Mou Chakraborty of Salisbury University. “Not only is he involved in distance librarianship, including currently chairing the DLS Research Committee, but he is also very active in ACRL and ALA, and is an ALA representative within the U.S. Commission to UNESCO.”

“The committee was very impressed with his long list of publications, presentations, interviews and commentaries, and unanimously agreed that he more than met all the requirements for this prestigious award,” noted Chakraborty. “In her nomination letter, Susan Hyland noted about Stielow and his work, ‘As head of APUS’ virtual library services, this visionary has long been at the forefront of a revolutionary transition – successfully moving distance learning librarianship into center-stage in the new world of online universities… The APUS Online Library moved from marginal to a position of sustainability.’”

Stielow received his B.A. in History from Indiana University-South Bend, and his M.A. in History, as well as a dual Ph.D. in History and American Studies, from Indiana University-Bloomington. He then received his M.L.S. in Library and Archival Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available in 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

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