Afnan-Manns, Medrano and Mickelsen win ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/24/2012


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce that Sheila Afnan-Manns, faculty librarian at Scottsdale Community College, Kandice Mickelsen, faculty librarian at Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC), and Reyes Medrano, faculty member in the Business and Information Technology Division at PVCC, have been chosen to receive the 2012 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award for their work on the Medrano Project.

The $500 award and plaque, donated by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented to Afnan-Manns, Medrano and Mickelsen during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

“The Medrano Project provides a model for effective librarian and classroom instructor collaboration that can be implemented in almost any college or university,” said award Chair Amy Gonzalez Ferguson of the Richland College Library. “This project incorporates several proven instruction strategies, such as cooperative and integrative learning, with social media and Web 2.0 tools in order to prepare students for the 21st century workplace. Creation of a ‘living’ online textbook provided students the opportunity to develop subject knowledge, information literacy skills and professional-level experience with Web 2.0 tools.”

Mickelsen and former PVCC librarian Afnan-Manns partnered with Medrano to develop a project that used proprietary and open access content to replace costly textbooks while instilling information literacy skills. Based on the PVCC Library’s open educational resources project, OneClick Digital, teams of students expanded on course content by researching timely and relevant information to create a free online “living textbook” that incorporated information from propriety library databases and open access resources.

For more information regarding the ACRL CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit


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