Gary Lare named 2009 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

Contact: Megan Griffin

ACRL Program Coordinator


For Immediate Release

February 3, 2009

CHICAGO – Gary Lare, former head of the curriculum resources center at the University of Cincinnati, is the recipient of the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and 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.

A prize of $1,500 and a plaque, donated by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., will be presented to Lare during the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago at the EBSS Program at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.

“Dr. Gary Lare has had a long history of service to ALA, ACRL and the library profession,” said award committee chair Paula McMillen, education librarian at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.  “The committee was particularly impressed with his generous mentorship of librarians new to the field.”Â

Lare developed the first set of ALA guidelines for curriculum materials centers in academic libraries and authored several significant publications, including his books “Acquiring and Organizing Curriculum Materials: A Guide and Directory of Resources,” which went to a 2nd edition in 2004, and “Social Studies Teaching Activities Book: An Annotated Resource Guide,” released in 2006.

“Dr. Lare also promoted his specialty in education librarianship through his job,” said McMillen. “He developed three education facilities, including a Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), at Oral Roberts University, as well as a CMC and an education library at the University of Cincinnati. Letters of support to recognize a lifetime of service to the field came from former winners of this award and several former chairs of the ACRL Education and Behavioral Sciences Section chairs, attesting to his reputation and impact.”

Lare retired as head of the curriculum resources center at the University of Cincinnati in 2007, after 32 years in that position. He previously served as assistant professor and head of the curriculum media center at Oral Roberts University from 1971-75.

Lare earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1974, where he also earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum Supervision in 1969 and his B.S. in Education in 1965.


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