Dr. Clarence Maybee chosen as the 2019 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/23/2019


Danielle M. Ponton

Program Manager for Round Tables





CHICAGO — The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association has chosen Dr. Clarence Maybee, Associate Professor and Information Literacy Specialist at Purdue University, as the 2019 recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award. The Librarian Recognition Award was created to recognize an individual’s contribution to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and instruction. The award will be presented to Dr. Maybee at the LIRT Awards Ceremony and Reception to be held from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, in the Howard University Room at the Marriott Marquis.

Since becoming a librarian in 2005, Clarence Maybee has made rich contributions to the profession through his strong publication and service record as well as his exemplary record of program creation and dissemination. His IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) program, a course development program through which classroom instructors collaborate with librarians and others to improve their courses through active learning, information literacy, and other research-based educational practices, was particularly noteworthy. It was named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a 2018 Innovator, one of “six programs to change classroom culture.” Closely aligned is his scholarship on informed learning design, which is intended to guide the creation of assignments so that students intentionally learn to use information sources at the same time that they are learning course content. Dr. Maybee has also demonstrated his commitment to the library instruction community through his leadership efforts in both the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Instruction Section and the Immersion Program. His contributions to the development, advancement, and support of information literacy and instruction exemplify the values that LIRT embraces.

When notified of the award, Dr. Clarence Maybee stated, “It is a tremendous honor to have received the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award. Throughout my career, I have looked to LIRT to inform my information literacy work as a librarian in higher education.”

The Library Instruction Round Table was started in 1977 with the intent to bring together librarians who provide library instruction across all types of libraries -- academic, public, school, and special libraries. 2019 marks the sixth year that the Librarian Recognition Award has been awarded. Dr. Clarence Maybee will be presented with a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque at the LIRT Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 5 - 6:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 23, at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C. He will also receive a $500 travel stipend for attending ALA Annual.

Visit LIRT's webpage to find out more about LIRT, its mission, and the awards.

The LIRT Librarian Recognition Awards Subcommittee included Beth Fuchs of the University of Kentucky (Chair & LIRT Awards Committee Chair), Lore Guilmartin of the Pratt Institute, Yolanda Hood of the University of Prince Edward Island, and Melissa Ann Fraser-Arnott of the Library of Parliament, Canada. The ALA Office for Member Relations (AOMR) serves as the liaison to the Library and Instruction Round Table (LIRT).