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Contact: Megan Bielefeld

ACRL Program Coordinator


For Immediate Release

February 14, 2006

Hutchins named 2006 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO – Elizabeth Oakley Hutchins, former coordinator of library instruction at St. Olaf College Libraries, has been chosen to receive the 2006 Association of College and Research Libraries (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.

“Elizabeth Oakley Hutchins forged the way in faculty collaboration with librarians for instruction,” said Award Committee Chair Nancy P. O'Brien. “Her publications, research, conference presentations and professional service, spanning more than two decades, all reflect a collaborative approach with teaching faculty to instill excellent pedagogical practices into the classroom. Her work in private and public schools in the U.S. and overseas as well as her more recent work in academic libraries demonstrate commitment to the education of students at all levels.”

“Her work with faculty in the Department of Psychology at St. Olaf College has provided introductory psychology students with skills in information literacy,” said O'Brien. “As Dr. Bonnie Sherman at St. Olaf said, ‘Elizabeth has had a large influence on the teaching of information literacy in the psychology department at St. Olaf; this influence will shape our teaching and our curriculum for years to come. She has contributed similarly to other departments at St. Olaf College, most especially in social work, women's studies and in political science.’ She received the Genesis Award for ‘Creative Social Work Leadership in the Global Community' from the St. Olaf College social work department, and is the only recipient of this award who is not a social worker.”

In addition to these accolades, Elizabeth Hutchins has received grants and fellowships to pursue her innovative work in library instruction. She also was the keynote speaker at the 2005 LOEX Library Instruction conference. Most recently, as adjunct faculty at Dominican University's satellite program at the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota, Hutchins is providing information literacy education to students in the library and information science program. She clearly demonstrates excellence and leadership in behavioral sciences librarianship through pedagogy, practice and publication.

Hutchins received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College in 1965. She earned her M.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in 1973, and her M. Div. in Religion, Gender and Culture/Women's Studies from Harvard University in 1994.

A prize of $1,000 and a plaque, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., will be presented to Hutchins during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans at the EBSS Program on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at 1:30 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.