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Contact: Megan Bielefeld

ACRL Program Coordinator


For Immediate Release

February 14, 2006

Craig named 2006 ACRL DLS Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Monica Hines Craig , off-campus librarian for the Metro Detroit Region at Central Michigan University, has been named the 2006 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section (DLS) Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award. This annual award 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.

"Monica is one of our founders, having been an active member and contributor since the Distance Learning Section of ACRL was established in 1990,” said Tom Abbott, chair of the DLS award committee. “She has made significant contributions to the field of distance learning librarianship through teaching and supporting off-campus students and faculty at Central Michigan University for the past 18 years. She is a mentor, collaborator and cheerleader for DL librarians, student and faculty alike. Her ‘quiet' and distinguished leadership is valued and respected by all.”

Craig received her B.A. from Michigan State University in 1975, and earned her M.S.L.S. in 1978 from the University of Michigan.

The Haworth Press, Inc., sponsor of the award, will present the $1,200 award and plaque at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans during the DLS program on Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 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.