For immediate release | February 25, 2013

Hutton named 2013 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Jane M. Hutton, electronic resources/reference librarian and assistant professor at West Chester University, has been named the 2013 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.

“Jane Hutton has been an active member of ACRL’s Distance Learning Section, diligently serving on several committees since 2004,” said award Chair Mou Chakraborty of Salisbury University. “Most recently, as the chair of the Web Committee, she successfully led two major initiatives for the section – website migration and a listserv upgrade. It was largely due to her leadership and technical expertise that the projects were accomplished seamlessly with minimal disruption to section members.”

“In her job she provides leadership in creating and maintaining user-focused, accessible web pages. Her list of scholarship including her presentations at distance library services conferences is quite noteworthy,” noted Chakraborty. “In her nomination letter, Sandy Hawes aptly describes Hutton as ‘…what some would call the ‘servant heart,’ which to me is a key aspect of good librarianship. Jane apparently took to heart Ranganathan’s precepts, because the work she does, both for her university and for the profession, is designed to make it easier for those who seek online for information to find it. She works tirelessly, with good humor and kindness, quietly getting things done, without expecting recognition.’”

Hutton received her BA from Earlham College and her MS in Library and Information Studies from Drexel University. She received a graduate certificate of Library Services in Distance Education and her Master of Distance Education from the University of Maryland University College.

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

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available on the ACRL website.


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David Free

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Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

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