For immediate release | February 5, 2016

Holliday wins 2016 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

CHICAGO – Wendy Holliday, head of teaching, learning and research services at Northern Arizona University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

Holliday will receive her $1,000 award, along with a plaque, at the IS program during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Throughout an extraordinary career, Wendy Holliday has demonstrated a passionate commitment to student learning and a willingness to collaborate across institutional boundaries that has inspired countless colleagues both in and outside the profession,” said award Chair Mark Szarko, literature, global studies and languages and theater arts librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “She has developed and led information literacy programs at both Utah State University and Northern Arizona University that serve as models for other institutions.”

“Her publications include more than 16 journal articles, book chapters, and essays, most published in peer-reviewed sources,” continued Szarko. “One of these articles, ‘Talking about Information Literacy: The Mediating Role of Discourse in a College Writing Classroom,’ was honored with the ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award in 2014. Her record of professional service within ACRL includes several key leadership positions in the Instruction Section. As a member of the ACRL Immersion Program faculty since 2011, she has taught several cohorts of librarians not only to become better teachers, but inspiring instructional leaders at their own institutions and beyond.”

Holliday received her M.L.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. in History from New York University.

For more information regarding the ACRL IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.


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