For immediate release | February 22, 2011

Cassandra Kvenild named 2011 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award winner

CHICAGO – Cassandra Kvenild, assistant librarian in the Reference and Instruction Department at the University of Wyoming Libraries, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

This annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group and administrated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section (DLS), honors an ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to, the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

“Cassandra Kvenild was selected for being an emerging leader in her role promoting distance librarianship at her institution as well as her use of new technologies in this effort,” said award Chair Johanna R. Tunon of Nova Southeastern University. “She has also contributed to the profession through her active role in ACRL as well as her publishing on topics related to distance library services.”

Kvenild’s publications relating to distance learning include “Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond the One-Shot,” co-edited with Kaijsa Calkins, to be published by ACRL in spring 2011 and “Reference Without Borders: Serving Patrons at a Distance,” with Kaijsa Calkins, in Colorado Libraries (2009).

Her conference sessions include “Embedding in the 21st Century Academy: Crossing Curriculum and Geography” with Kaijsa Calkins at the 76th IFLA General Conference (2010), “Implementing Information Literacy Into Your Distance Course” at the Wyoming Distance Education Consortia Conference (May 2009) and “Library Services for Distance Learners: Technological Solutions for Far-Flung Students” at the Online Northwest Conference in Corvallis, Ore. (February 2009).

Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group will present the $1,200 award and plaque at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 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. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


David Free