Bussert wins ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/14/2011


David Free

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce that Leslie Bussert, head of instruction services at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College Library, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Bussert during the ALA Annual Conference in June.

“Leslie was selected for her innovative assessment work and collaboration with a faculty member on an information literacy assessment project and subsequent 2010 book chapter co-published with a faculty member,” said award chair Steven L. Irving, electronic services librarian at Southern Utah University. 

Based on ACRL’s five information literacy standards, Bussert collaborated with Cascadia Community College English instructor Norm Pouliot to convert a grading rubric into an online self-assessment survey for students.

This self-assessment has been used to introduce and specify information literacy learning goals to students; to help students articulate their skills and take responsibility for their learning by addressing gaps in their skill set or knowledge base; to allow faculty and librarians to customize lesson plans in order to meet the needs of the students; and to generate collaboration and conversations between the faculty and librarians by providing data of themes and trends in students’ information literacy skills, abilities and experiences. Bussert’s work has been widely praised as advocacy tool for sustaining information literacy instruction programs.

Bussert received her BA in English Literature from Western Washington University and received her MLIS from the University of Washington.


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 http://www.acrl.org, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.