Kenley Neufeld wins ACRL Community and Junior College Libraries Section Leadership Award

Contact: Megan Griffin

ACRL Program Coordinator

(312) 280-2514


For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has selected Kenley Neufeld, library director at Santa Barbara City College, as the 2009 winner of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award. The award honors significant achievement in advocacy of learning resources, as well as leadership in professional organizations that support the missions of community, junior and technical colleges.

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

 “Kenley Neufeld’s leadership and technology innovations have benefited Santa Barbara City College and the community at-large,” said José Aguiñaga, CJCLS award committee chair and librarian at the Glendale Community College. “Kenley is an outstanding librarian role model that all should emulate in their daily library interactions.”

Neufeld’s nominators praised his significant achievements in the advocacy of library programs and services and noted that since his arrival at the Santa Barbara City College in 2005, many dramatic and positive changes in the content of the library programs and in the atmosphere of the facility have occurred. They attribute these changes to his energy, insight and effort.

Neufeld has served on numerous ACRL committees, including a term as CJCLS chair in 2007-08. He earned his B. A. from the University of California-San Diego and his M.L.S. from San Jose State University.


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 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.