ACRL announces 2002 award winners

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For Immediate Release

March 2002

ACRL announces 2002 award winners

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Charlotte Ford, coordinator of reference services at Birmingham (Ala.) Southern College, has been awarded the 2002 ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her proposal, "An Exploration of the Differences between Face-to-Face and Computer-Mediated Reference Interactions." Sponsored by ISI, the fellowship fosters research in academic librarianship by encouraging and supporting dissertation research.

Ford, a doctoral candidate at the Indiana School of Library and Information Science, received her B.A. from Earlham College in 1984 and her M.L.S. from Indiana University in 1986. Her recent publications include "Web-Based Analyses of E-Journal Impact: Approaches, Problems, and Issues,"
in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science, and "Columbia Academic Libraries: Cooperation and Challenges," in
Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch.

"Charlotte Ford's dissertation addresses an important question of immediate concern to academic libraries, and her study should be of value to public service librarians and their administrators," said Chair Rena Fowler.

The award, $1,500 and a plaque, will be presented to Ford at the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta at the ACRL President's Program on Monday, June 17, 2002, at 2 p.m.

  • Samuel Lazerow Fellowship

    Jeffrey Beall, catalog librarian at the Auraria Library at the University of Colorado at Denver, has been named this year's winner of the ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for his proposal to research the impact of bibliographic record errors on user access. Sponsored by ISI, the award fosters advances in collection development and technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields.

"Jeffrey Beall's study promises to provide libraries with an appropriate perspective on the importance of identifying and correcting tagging and typographic errors," said Chair Lynda Fuller Clendenning.

The award, $1,000 and a plaque, will be presented to Beall during the ALA Annual Conference at the ACRL President's Program on Monday, June 17, 2002, at 2 p.m.

  • IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

    Randall Burke Hensley, public services division head at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Libraries, is the winner of the ACRL Instruction Section's Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. This award recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

"Randy Hensley's outstanding commitment to leadership, service and teaching has enhanced the professional lives of many colleagues," said Chair Karen Williams. "He is a talented and inspired educator, with a vision of how information literacy can enrich the lives of students everywhere." Hensley currently chairs the ACRL Effective Practices Committee and has served on the faculty of the ACRL Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program since 1999. The award is sponsored by Elsevier Science on behalf of its journal Research Strategies. Hensley will receive $1,000 and a plaque during the ALA Annual Conference at the IS Program on Sunday, June 16, 2002, at 1:30 p.m.

  • Marta Lange/CQ Award

    Mary K. Fetzer, government resources librarian at the Alexander Library at Rutgers University, has been named the 2002 recipient of Marta Lange/Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Award. The award, established in 1996 by the ACRL Law and Political Science Section (LPSS), honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

"Mary Fetzer is an outstanding leader who has advanced the development of law and political science librarianship," said Chair Kelly Janousek. "She has made numerous contributions to the disciplines on international and national government information through research, publication, teaching and active committee work in the profession."

Fetzer co-authored Introduction to United States Government Information in 1992, and also won the Research Award given by the New Jersey Library Association's College and University Section that same year. She has written numerous articles on international information, as well as developed and taught courses and workshops on government information to library school students, and law and academic librarians.

Congressional Quarterly, Inc., sponsor of the award, will present Fetzer with $1,000 and a plaque at the ALA Annual Conference at the Marta Lange/CQ Lunch on Saturday, June 15, 2002, at 11:30 a.m.

  • WSS Career Achievement Award

    Joan Ariel, women's studies and history librarian at the University of California at Irvine, has been selected as the 2002 winner of the ACRL Women's Studies Section (WSS) Career Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., honors significant long-standing contributions to women's studies librarianship over the course of a career.

"Joan Ariel is and has been the model for a women's studies librarian," said Chair Theresa A. Tobin. "She is a founder of the Women's Studies Section and has mentored and encouraged many librarians to enter and persevere in the field."

The award, $1,000 and a plaque, will be presented to Ariel at the WSS program on Monday, June 17, at 9 a.m., during the 2002 ALA Annual Conference.

  • WSS Significant Achievement Award

    Eri Fujieda, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, Sarah Lawrence College, Meg Miner, a student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and Beth Stafford, formerly of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been selected as recipients of the ACRL WSS Award for Significant Achievement in Woman's Studies Librarianship for their preservation microfilming project.

Fujieda, Miner, and Stafford preserved over 1,000 out-of-print titles, catalogued and added them to the OCLC database, and made them available for interlibrary loan.

"This project will support the writing of the history of the second wave of women's movement and its academic offshoot, women's studies, for decades to come," Tobin said.

Sponsored by Routledge, the award honors a significant or one-time contribution to women's studies librarianship. Plaques and cash prizes will be presented to Fujieda, Miner and Stafford at the WSS program on Monday, June 17, at 9 a.m., during the 2002 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.

  • IS Innovation in Instruction Award

    Ross T. LaBaugh, coordinator of library instruction at California State University at Fresno, has been chosen to receive the 2002 ACRL Instruction Section Innovation in Instruction Award for his "InfoRadio" program.

Sponsored by Lexis-Nexis, the award recognizes librarians who have developed innovative approaches to information literacy that support best practices in education at their institutions or in their communities.

"InfoRadio is a very unique and creative program. It gets information literacy concepts discussed on the previously untapped resource of campus radio," said Chair Denise Green.

LaBaugh is an active member of the American Library Association, ACRL, and is currently a member of the ACRL IS Nominating Committee. He has previously served on the IS Advisory Council, Communication Committee, and was the editor of the section newsletter.

LaBaugh will receive $3,000 and a plaque during the ALA Annual Conference at the IS Conference Program, Sunday, June 16, 2002, at 1:30 p.m.

  • IS Publication Award

    Betsy Baker, formerly of Northwestern University Library, has been chosen as this year's winner of the ACRL Instruction Section (IS) Publication Award for her article, "Values for the Learning Library." The article appeared in volume 17 (2/3) of
    Research Strategies. This award is sponsored by London-based Elsevier Science on behalf of its publication
    Research Strategies.

"Baker's article was a clear and inspiring vision of the learning library and its core values: converge, convey, conduce," Green said.

Baker will receive a citation at the Instruction Section dinner during the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 14, 2002.

  • Leab Exhibition Award

    There are four winners, one honorable mention, and two awards of special commendation for the 2002 Katherine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards. The Leab awards recognize outstanding exhibition catalogues issued by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions, as well as electronic exhibition catalogues of outstanding merit issued within the digital/web environment

Division One (expensive), the winner is
The Great Wide Open: Panoramic Photographs of the American West submitted by the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Awards Committee Chair Claudia Funke said. "The committee enthusiastically selected
The Great Wide Openfor its impressive historical and formal analysis of a medium and genre in a geographical context, over an extended period of time." The catalog's strong production values and the harmony of its design and intellectual content also were praised.

Honorable Mention in Division One goes to the Trout Gallery at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. for
Writing on Hands: Memory and Knowledge in Early Modern Europe. Funke explained, "The committee chose to award an honorable mention to Writing on Hands for its remarkable use of materials drawn from disparate disciplines to explore an unusual and intriguing topic."

The winner in
Division Two (moderately expensive) is
The Ecstatic Journey: Athanasius Kircher in Baroque Rome, submitted by the Department of Special Collections at the University of Chicago.
"The Ecstatic Journey was selected for a number of compelling reasons, foremost among these being Ingrid Rowland's extraordinary texts - highly readable and understandable, yet always sophisticated in their examination of complex issues," said Funke. "F. Sherwood Rowland's introduction also easily ranks as one of the best prefaces to an exhibition topic of recent date."

Division Three (inexpensive),
Cut and Paste- California Scrapbooks, from the California Historical Society at the North Baker Research Library is the winner. "Almost all special-collections libraries have scrapbooks among their holdings, and
Cut and Paste eloquently made the case for the importance of this material," explained Funke. "The committee admired the simple yet perspicacious text, the checklist that was so effectively organized by topic, and the superb illustrations that did full justice to the items as artifacts. In summation, the committee considered
Cut and Pasteto be a glorious celebration of the mundane."

Division Four (brochures), the winner is
Ruskin's Italy, Ruskin's England, submitted by Pierpont Morgan Library Publications. "The committee selected
Ruskin's Italy, Ruskin's England as the winner for its handsome design and the sheer amount of information it provided to orient the visitor to the exhibition topic," Funke said.

Finally, two
Special Commendations for Electronic Exhibitions are awarded to Cornell University Library, Division of Rare Book and Manuscript Collection for
From Domesticity to Modernity: What Was Home Economics? ( and to the New York Public Library for Heading West/Touring West (

"The committee commended
From Domesticity to Modernity for its fascinating reexamination of an often disparaged-discipline and its smart graphic good looks. It also was valued as a highly successful collaboration between a special collections department and university students," said Funke.
"Heading West/Touring West was chosen for its good navigation and high-quality imaging (particularly its use of multi-resolution seamless image database (MrSID) software to show oversize maps in detail), as well as its attention to bibliographic description. The committee also admired the use of the electronic medium to bring two separate but related exhibitions together."

Certificates will be presented to each winner during the 2002 ALA Annual Conference at the RBMS Program on Sunday, June 16, at 1:30 p.m.

  • Herring wins K.G. Saur Award

    Susan Davis Herring, associate professor of bibliography and engineering reference librarian at the M. Louis Salmon Library at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, will receive the 2002 K. G. Saur Award for the most outstanding article in
    College & Research Libraries (C&RL).

Herring's article "Faculty Acceptance of the World Wide Web for Student Resources" appeared in the May 2001 issue of C&RL.

"The selection committee felt that this article clearly met all the criteria of originality, timeliness, relevance to the ACRL membership, and was written in a clear and well-organized manner," said Chair Norma Kobzina. "The subject matter has implications for information literacy instruction, faculty course assignments and students' ability to do effective research. This was one of many excellent articles submitted to
College and Research Libraries in 2001, but the focus of the article, the carefully conducted survey, the clear methodology, and the overall subject matter distinguished it from the others."

Herring will receive $500 and a plaque, donated by K. G. Saur Publishing Company, an imprint of the Gale Group, during the ALA Annual Conference at the ACRL President's Program on Monday, June 17, 2002, at 2 p.m.

  • Kemp named EBSS Distinguished Librarian

    Barbara E. Kemp, assistant director of public services at the University of Houston has been chosen to receive the 2002 ACRL Education & Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Librarian Award.

In addition to being the current secretary of the ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS), Kemp has been published in many journals, including
The Reference Librarian and
Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Kemp will be presented with her award citation during the ALA Annual Conference at the EBSS Program on Saturday, June 15, 2002, at 1:30 p.m.

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