For immediate release | February 22, 2011

Cook named 2011 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

CHICAGO – Douglas Cook, reference and instruction librarian at Shippensburg University Libraries, is the recipient of the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award.

This award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession.

A prize of $2,500 and a citation, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., will be presented to Cook at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, during the EBSS program at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

“Doug Cook's depth of scholarly work in the areas of library instruction and research, leadership within the profession at all levels, commitment to mentoring junior librarians and his breadth of vision in the service to the library community are only a few reasons the committee chose him to be the 2011 Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian,” said award Chair Judy Walker, curriculum/education librarian at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Cook has held numerous positions in EBSS, including serving the Instruction for Educators Committee (1997-1999 member, 1999-2001 chair), member of the 2003 Nominating Committee and long time editor of the EBSS newsletter and member of the section Publications Committee (2001-2004).

Cook was nominated and elected to EBSS leadership, serving as vice-chair/chair-elect (2004-2005), section chair (2005-2006) and past chair (2006-2007). During that time he also chaired the section’s Information Literacy Committee.

His publications include “Observe, Reflect, Act: A Primer on Qualitative Research by Librarians,” with Lesley Farmer (forthcoming); “The Library Instruction Cookbook,” with Ryan Sittler, (2009); “Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors,” with Ryan Sittler, (2008) and “Teaching Information Literacy Skills to Social Sciences Students and Practitioners: A Casebook of Applications,” with Natasha Cooper (2006).

Cook received his B.A. from Washington Bible College and his M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. In 1992, he earned his D.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University.


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David Free