ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Program Award to Diana Fitzwater

Contact: Megan Grififn

ACRL Program Coordinator

(312) 280-2514


For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has chosen Diana Fitzwater, professor and reference librarian at the College of DuPage, to receive the 2009 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Fitzwater during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the CJCLS dinner on Friday, July 10.

“Diana Fitzwater’s initiative to coordinate the information literacy program at the College of DuPage is quite worthy of this award,” said award committee chair José Aguiñaga, librarian at the Glendale Community College. “What she has achieved since 1982 at her institution is outstanding. Her involvement with embedding information literacy as a general education competency within the College of DuPage curriculum demonstrates her significant programmatic contribution to the college, on behalf of the library.”

Fitzwater was praised for single-handedly taking on the role of information literacy expert on campus, not only because she felt the library contributed to the educational mission of the institution, Â but also because she believes in the potential of all community college students and has dedicated her career to their success. She earned both her B.A. and her M.L.S. from the University of Iowa.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 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 librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.