For immediate release | January 26, 2016

Merolli receives ACRL CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Barbara Merolli, science librarian at the College of the Holy Cross, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) Innovation in College Librarianship Award for her work on the “Drawing on Walls” program.

This annual award honors ALA members who have demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors, and/or the library community.

Merolli's $1,000 award and plaque, donated by CLS, will be presented during the CLS program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Drawing on Walls” was a collaboration between Barbara Merolli and Visual Arts Visiting Lecturer Marguerite White during the spring semester 2015 at the College of the Holy Cross, in which students in White’s “Drawing on Walls” class used the stark white walls of the O’Callahan Science Library to create their final projects. The project’s impact has attracted a large increase of non-traditional users to the library.

“The committee was impressed with Merolli’s project for crossing disciplines and drawing undergraduate users into the science library in a way that was replicable across a number of different types of libraries,” said award Chair Leah Dunn, university librarian at the University of North Carolina – Asheville.

Merolli received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Rhode Island.

For more information regarding the ACRL CLS Innovation in College Librarianship Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.


Chase Ollis

Program Coordinator