ACRL Instruction Section presents Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

Contact: Megan Griffin

ACRL Program Coordinator



For Immediate Release

March 31, 2009

CHICAGO – “A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians” has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award.

Written by Kent State University librarians Carolyn Radcliff, professor and reference and instruction librarian, Mary Lee Jensen, former head of instructional services, Joseph A. Salem, Jr., associate professor and head of reference and government information services, Kenneth J. Burhanna, assistant professor and head of instructional services, and Julie A. Gedeon, assistant professor and coordinator of assessment, the guide provides information on the evaluation of both students and library instruction programs..

The annual award honors Ilene F. Rockman's professional contributions to academic librarianship in the area of information literacy by recognizing an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, sponsor of the award, will present the $3,000 award and plaque during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the IS program at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.

“‘A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians’ provides a comprehensive treatment of assessment tools for instruction, including their costs and benefits, and addresses how each tool can be applied within academic libraries,” said Susan Beck, IS awards committee co-chair and collection development coordinator at the New Mexico State University Library. “This book is innovative in the extent of its coverage, original in its accessibility to librarians at all levels of institution and experience and timely in its response to the nation-wide emphasis on outcomes assessment in higher education.”

Radcliff received both her M.A. in communication studies (1997) and her M.L.S. from Kent State University (1990). Jensen received her M.S.L.S. from Drexel University (1983) and her B.A. from Kutztown University (1997). Salem is currently working on his Ph.D. in evaluation and measurement at Kent State University, where he also earned his M.A. in literature and writing (2005) and his M.L.S. (1999). He received his B.A. in English from Cleveland State University (1998). Burhanna earned both his M.L.S. (1994) and his B.A. (1991) from Kent State University. Gedeon earned her Ph.D. in evaluation and measurement (2002) from Kent State University, where she also received her M.L.S. (1988).


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