Blicher named 2017 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/17/2017


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator


CHICAGO – Heather Blicher, online learning librarian at Northern Virginia Community College, has been named the 2017 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 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

“Heather Blicher has proved her dedication to distance librarianship through many professional contributions and service,” said award co-chairs Rebecca Nowicki of Ashford University and Brandon West of the State University of New York Geneseo. “As a sole librarian at North Virginia Community College, Blicher used technology to coordinate and lead a sustainable embedded librarian program to serve a large student population and was instrumental in the success of the Northern Virginia Community College Open Educational Resources initiatives. We are honored to acknowledge her many contributions to distance learning librarianship.”

Blicher received her M.L.I.S. from Florida State University.

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


About ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 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.

About Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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