For immediate release | March 21, 2018

Mader wins 2018 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Sharon Mader, dean emeritus and professor at the University of New Orleans, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

The award consists of a $1,000 award and a plaque.

“Sharon Mader’s career in information literacy has had a prolonged and profound effect on the community of teaching and learning in libraries,” said award chair Jennifer Knievel of the University of Colorado Boulder. “She was a founding faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program, and has mentored librarians and leaders for many years. Her long-term participation in the Instruction Section and ACRL has culminated in her role as ACRL’s Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, and she has devoted herself to presenting about, advocating for, and communicating with others about the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, including the development of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox.”

“As a leader in our profession, Sharon has helped the field as a whole put in place the structures that have enabled us to make the transition from theory to concrete action,” continued Knievel. “We are delighted to recognize her for her many contributions to the advancement of instruction.”

Mader received her M.A. in library science from Rosary College (now Dominican University), her M.S. in business education from Memphis State University, and her Ed.D. in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian 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 nearly 10,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) 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 Officer