For immediate release | March 5, 2013

Baker receives ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is announcing that Linda Baker, manager of reference, instruction and collection development at the El Centro College Library, Dallas, Texas, has been chosen to receive the 2013 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Baker on Friday, June 28, 2013, during the CJCLS Awards Dinner at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“The Awards Committee was impressed by Linda’s dedication to developing a model library instruction program and her commitment to being an active colleague with teaching faculty,” said award Chair David Wright of Surry Community College. “One of her colleagues stated that ‘Linda is but one person, but her accomplishments as a librarian and leader at El Centro College cannot be surpassed by others.’”

Since 1983, Baker has been at El Centro College, part of the Dallas County Community College District. She has received numerous awards, including the Spirit of El Centro Award (2007).

Baker earned her B.S. in Education and Library Science at Morningside College and her M.L.S. at the Texas Women’s University.

For more information regarding the ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the ACRL awards website.


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David Free

Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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