Emily Rimland Selected as LIRT 2018 Librarian Recognition Award recipient

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/24/2018


Beatrice Calvin

Manager, Professional Development




The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Emily Rimland, Information Literacy Librarian and Learning Technologies Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, as the 2018 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award.  The Librarian Recognition Award was created to recognize an individual’s contribution to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and instruction. The award will be presented to Emily Rimland at the LIRT Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center - Tchoupitoulas Room.


Since launching her career at Penn State in 2005, Rimland has focused on integrating technology into teaching practices and classroom spaces. Notable initiatives include using littleBits circuitry in instruction sessions to help students visualize their search processes, redesigning library learning spaces to be podium free, and creating a digital badges program which eventually led to her role as a founding member of the ACRL Digital Badges Interest Group in 2014. Rimland has also maintained a consistent record of publication and presentation. The committee noted that Rimland stood out as a candidate who is not only doing excellent work at her home institution but is also making sure to share her success with others in the profession.


When notified of the award, Rimland stated, “It is the highest honor to have this recognition from my fellow instructional librarians who are dedicated to advancing information literacy. I am so glad to be a part of such an awesome group of colleagues and collaborators.”


The Library Instruction Round Table was started in 1977 with the intent to bring together librarians who provide library instruction across all types of libraries -- academic, public, school, and special libraries. This year, 2018 marks the fifth year that the Librarian Recognition Award has been awarded. Rimland will be presented with a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque at the LIRT Awards Ceremony, Sunday, June 24, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. She will also receive a $500 travel stipend for attending the conference.


Visit LIRT's webpage to find out more about LIRT, its mission, and the awards.


The LIRT Librarian Recognition Awards Subcommittee included Joshua Vossler of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Chair), Yi Han of Illinois Institute of Technology, Meghann Kuhlmann of Wichita State University, Michael Saar of Lamar University, and Beth Fuchs of the University of Kentucky (LIRT Awards Committee Chair).


The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) serves as the liaison to the Library and Instruction Round Table (LIRT).