Bluemle receives 2019 ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/20/2019


Chase Ollis

Program Officer


CHICAGO – Stefanie R. Bluemle, research and instruction librarian and instruction coordinator at Augustana College, has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for her article “Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election,” published in 2018 by portal: Libraries & the Academy. The award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.

The award, donated by Carrick Enterprises, consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $1,000.

Post-truth politics poses a great challenge to teaching authority in information literacy, and teaching source evaluation is not a catch-all antidote to fake news or media illiteracy. Bluemle addresses the implications of post-fact politics for the concept of authority as defined by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and illustrates which elements of authority librarians must rethink in light of recent events.

“Bluemle’s article explores the timely issue of ‘post-facts’ in today’s world and the implications for those engaged in information literacy work,” said award committee chair Jo Angela Oehrli of the University of Michigan. “More than just talking about ‘fake news,’ Bluemle traces the development of the issues that have contributed to the current climate of post-facts. The article pushes academic librarians to question their own notions of what authority is in light of these larger cultural trends.”

Bluemle received her B.A. in English from Augustana College, and her M.A. in English and M.L.S. from Indiana University Bloomington.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


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About Carrick Enterprises
Carrick Enterprises is the leading provider of information literacy assessment tools to colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Since 2007 we have worked with over 250 institutions of higher learning to help them accomplish their mission. We are committed to making information literacy assessment a powerful tool for assisting librarians and other educators in contributing to the success of their students.