Raish named 2019 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/12/2019


Chase Ollis

Program Officer



CHICAGO – Victoria (Torrie) Raish, online learning librarian at Pennsylvania State University, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, and administrated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section (DLS), honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group will present the $1,200 award and plaque at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

“Torrie Raish has made significant contributions to the field of distance librarianship,” said award co-chairs Melissa Atkinson of Abilene Christina University and Cynthia Thomes of the University of Maryland University College. “Her various efforts include creating an embedded librarian program and information literacy repository, starting an equivalent access e-book program, and collaborating with other departments at Penn State to start a digital badge initiative.”

“Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapter, invited papers, and conference proceedings, and she has given numerous presentations at the international, national, state, and local level,” continued Atkinson and Thomes. “Furthermore, her collaborations with departments and stakeholders at her institution have given online students greater access to the resources they need. Torrie is a leader on her campus, and her work to serve distance learners is being increasingly and deservedly recognized.”

Raish received her M.A.T. from the University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from Pennsylvania State University.

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available in the awards section of the ACRL website.


About ACRL
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