Davis-Kahl named 2014 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/04/2014


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)


CHICAGO — Stephanie Davis-Kahl, scholarly communications librarian and associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, is the recipient of the 2014 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 Davis-Kahl at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, during the EBSS program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

“Stephanie embodies the characteristics of a distinguished education and behavioral sciences librarian,” said award Chair Elena M. Soltau, assistant director of reference at Nova Southeastern University. “Through her time and commitment to professional organizations, as well as her book chapters and articles on leadership, she has made a significant impact on the library field.”

Davis-Kahl has held numerous positions in EBSS, including co-chair of the Higher Education Committee (2004-2006), chair of the section’s 2009 Annual Conference Planning Committee (2007-2009) and co-chair of the 2011 Annual Conference Planning Committee (2009-2011). She also served as EBSS vice-chair/chair-elect (2009-2010), section chair (2010-2011) and past chair (2011-2012).Davis-Kahl’s service to ACRL includes serving as a member of the Intersections of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication Working Group (2011-2013), Intersections of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication Task Force (2011-2013) and ACRL 75th Anniversary Task Force (2012-2015). She has additionally served as both an editorial assistant for College & Research Libraries and a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Road Show since 2012.

Her publications include “A Survey of Library Support for Formal Undergraduate Research Programs” in College & Research Libraries (with Merinda Kaye Hensley and Sarah L. Shreeves, accepted January 2013; expected publication July 2014), “Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication” (edited with Merinda Kaye Hensley, 2013), “Collecting Campus Culture: Collaborations and Collisions” in Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (with Meg Miner, 2012) and "Teaching, Learning and Research: Linking High School Teachers with Information Literacy" in Reference Services Review (with Lisa Payne, 2004).

Davis-Kahl received her B.A. in East Asian Studies with a Japanese concentration from Oberlin College, and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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