Luiz wins ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Award

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/13/2019


Chase Ollis

Program Officer


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Laura Luiz, reference librarian at Bakersfield College, has been chosen to receive the 2019 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Award for her Get Out the BC Vote program.

The $750 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Luiz at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Taking place on the Bakersfield College main and Delano campuses in October ahead of the 2018 midterm election, the Get Out the BC Vote program was a multi-pronged program addressing voter registration, providing a breakdown of the ballot, and aiding students in becoming more informed voters. To achieve this, the program took three approaches: a detailed LibGuide breaking down the ballot with information and resources, three workshops to register students to vote featuring guest speakers discussing state ballot measures, and four fake news workshops teaching students about news literacy. Get Out the BC Vote will continue and be expanded upon for the 2020 election.

“Laura Luiz’s efforts with Get Out the BC Vote allowed the library to connect with the Student Government Association to help students become informed voters and promote news literacy,” said award chair Laura Mondt of Northern Essex Community College. “This comprehensive program educated students about voter registration and ballot measures through a series of guest speakers and fake news workshops, all of which provided students with timely and relevant information they could use for the 2018 Midterm elections.”

Luiz received her B.A. from California State University-Fresno and her M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University.

For more information regarding the ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources 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 academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.