Corby named 2005 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

Contact: Megan Bielefeld
ACRL Program Coordinator

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2005

Corby named 2005 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO - Kate Corby, reference librarian and education and psychology bibliographer at Michigan State University, has been chosen to receive the 2005 ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education & Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. This award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession.

"Kate Corby has provided an incredible service to stakeholders in the field of education who remain concerned about the status of ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) as it has been reorganized by the federal government," said award committee chair Nancy P. O'Brien.

"Her ERIC Reauthorization News Web page,, has been consulted by librarians, education faculty, policymakers and others around the world.
With up to the minute status reports, it has been a singularly useful source of information about the revamping of a highly regarded product used by hundreds of thousands of people.

"Kate's tenacious pursuit of information to keep stakeholders informed was recognized by her colleagues in an unprecedented number of multiple nominations to this award.
In addition to three formal nominations, four others indicated they would nominate her if no one else had yet done so.
Keeping the concerned public informed during this controversial transition of the ERIC system is not only a service to the library profession but to educators, parents and policymakers.
Her integrity and determination in meeting the public's need to know about the ERIC redesign, in addition to her numerous other contributions to education merit being named the 2005 Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian," added O'Brien.

Corby received her B.A. in English and Social Science form Michigan State University in 1969.
She earned her M.S. in Library Science from Western Michigan University in 1974.

A prize of $1,000 and a plaque, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., will be presented to Corby during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the EBSS Program on Saturday, June 25, 2005, at 1:30 p.m.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.
Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.