Oakleaf wins 2019 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/15/2019


Chase Ollis

Program Officer



CHICAGO – Megan Oakleaf, associate professor and director of instructional quality at Syracuse University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

The award consists of a $1,000 award and a plaque.

“Megan Oakleaf’s career has been dedicated to shining a light on student learning, assessment strategies, and program development in libraries for two decades, said award chair Merinda Kaye Hensley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Her efforts to connect the praxis of library instruction to higher educational student learning goals is demonstrated through the classroom tools, pedagogies, and creative thinking she has so generously shared through her many workshops, keynote presentations and consultation work.”

“From 2007-2016, Megan made a lifetime impact on those who attended the assessment track of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program where she developed curriculum and led conversations that initiated librarians into the complexities of what needs to be assessed and why,” continued Hensley. “Her robust body of scholarship has informed and helped to lead instructors down the path of gathering evidence of student learning at their own institutions including the ACRL publication, ‘The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report’ (2010). Indeed, Megan’s contributions to librarianship are vast and colorful, and as one of her nominators stated, she is ‘an inspiration, a role model, and a boundary breaker.’”

Oakleaf received her M.L.S. from Kent State University, and her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


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