Woodard wins 2010 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

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ACRL Program Coordinator

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For Immediate Release,

February 23, 2010

CHICAGO – Beth S. Woodard, staff development and training coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

For this year, in lieu of corporate sponsorship, the award is jointly sponsored by the ACRL Instruction Section and the LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction. Woodard will receive her award, along with a plaque, during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“[Woodard] has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of instruction and information literacy in academic library environments,” said Sarah McDaniel, coordinator of library and information literacy instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Woodard’s record of leadership includes chairing the ACRL Instruction Section and serving as a longtime member of the Faculty of the Institute for Information Literacy Immersion Program. In addition, she has mentored hundreds of new professionals in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This exceptional record of leadership, teaching and service combined with a significant record of scholarship make Woodard a truly worthy recipient of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award.”

Woodard earned her B.A. in English and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1978. She received her M.S. in Library Science from UIUC in 1979.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 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.