For immediate release | February 15, 2017

McElroy and Pagowsky receive 2017 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

CHICAGO – Kelly McElroy, student engagement and community outreach librarian at Oregon State University, and Nicole Pagowsky, associate librarian and instruction coordinator in the Research and Learning Department at the University of Arizona, 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 as editors of the two-volume book "Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook," published in 2016 by ACRL. The award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.

The award, donated by Emerald Publishing, consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $3,000. McElroy and Pagowsky will receive their award during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“The two-volume 'Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook' balances theory and practical application of critical pedagogy in information literacy instruction for the novice and well-versed librarian,” said award committee chair Maoria J. Kirker of George Mason University. “Bringing together many diverse voices, Pagowsky and McElroy compile approachable and broadly applicable essays, workbook activities, and lesson plans for library instructors to implement in their classrooms and everyday praxis. The committee believed these volumes propel the profession forward as the field continues to work within the context of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.”

In two volumes, the "Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook" works to make critical pedagogy more accessible for library educators, examining both theory and practice to help the busy practitioner explore various aspects of teaching for social justice. These two volumes provide a collection of ideas, best practices, and plans that contribute to the richness of what it means to do this type of work in libraries.

Volume One, "Essays and Workbook Activities," provides short essays reflecting on personal practice, describing projects, and exploring major ideas to provide inspiration as educators begin or renew their exploration of critical pedagogy. Volume Two, "Lesson Plans," provides plans covering everything from small activities to multi-session projects.

McElroy received her M.L.I.S. and Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia. Pagowsky received her M.L.I.S. and M.S. in Instructional Design from the University of Arizona.

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.


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