Halaychik and Maynor receive 2018 ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/10/2018


Chase Ollis

Program Officer



CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Corey Halaychik, library director at the State University of New York Maritime College, and Ashley Maynor, digital scholarship librarian at New York University, have been chosen to receive the 2018 University Libraries Section (ULS) Outstanding Professional Development Award. Halaychik and Maynor are both co-founders and co-directors of The Collective, a professional library gathering dedicated to reinventing the library conference landscape.

The $1,000 award and plaques, donated by Library Juice Academy, will be presented to Halaychik and Maynor at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“Ashley Maynor and Corey Halaychik are redefining and revitalizing professional development for librarians,” said award chair Kerry Creelman of the University of Houston. “Their creative approach to the annual conference is designed to make it more affordable and to transform the way librarians engage in learning. They are building a community invested in accessible, practical learning for library professionals.”

“Maynor and Halaychik use a transparent, democratic approach to develop their conference program, seeking input from participants as well as employing a blind peer review,” continued Creelman. “At the annual gathering, attendees of librarians and vendors alike learn, create, and collaborate in hands-on, interactive sessions. Careful, flexible scheduling allows participants to shape the conference organically.”

“The Collective is organized by volunteer committee and Maynor and Halaychik have shared their process publicly,” said Creelman. “They have also contributed their ideas and lessons learned through presentations and publications, and have actively mentored colleagues engaged in conference planning. The Library Collective community they have fostered is actively reshaping professional development for librarianship.”

Halaychik received his M.S.L.I.S. from Florida State University and his M.S. in leadership from Grand Canyon University. Maynor received her M.S.I.S. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her M.F.A in film and media arts from Temple University.

For more information regarding the ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit 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 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 acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About Library Juice Academy
Library Juice Academy offers a range of online professional development workshops for librarians and other library staff, focusing on practical topics to build the skills that librarians need as their jobs evolve. With customers in 55 countries and 100 courses in the catalog, Library Juice Academy is bringing online continuing education to a new level. http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/.