UMUC’s Barbara J. Mann Wins 2012 ACRL/IS  Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

Award is the highest possible honor in the field of library instruction, and will be presented at the American Library Association Annual Meeting in June

By Ashley Boarman ( |   March 14, 2012

Adelphi, MD (March 14, 2012)—UMUC today announced that Barbara J. Mann, assistant director for public services and instruction and information literacy librarian in Information and Library Services (ILS), has won the 2012 Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS). The award is named for Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The award is granted to a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. As part of the award, Mann will receive $1,000 and a plaque at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, on June 24, 2012.

“The ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award is the premier award for library instruction, and it is well-deserved recognition of all that Barb Mann has done to help make ILS at UMUC the gold standard in adult higher education,” said UMUC Provost Greg von Lehmen. “We applaud her accomplishments and dedication to enhancing our students’ online learning experience, and we are grateful for her ongoing efforts as a champion of information literacy.” 

Mann received the award for her success in leading a robust information literacy program, for her work in creating engaging tutorials and linking instructional modules with UMUC’s course management system, and for leading synchronous online instruction via Web conferencing. The ACRL/IS award committee credited Mann’s work as a model for other programs nationally and internationally.

At UMUC, ILS provides students, staff and faculty with all the resources of a traditional library and more, independent of time and place. From the university’s library Web page, patrons can access more than 125 databases containing tens of thousands of full-text journal articles, reference works, catalogs of resources in the libraries of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions, e-journals, and a growing collection of e-books. To help individuals use these resources efficiently and effectively, ILS offers 24-hour e-mail, chat and phone reference assistance.

For more information about the ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, including a list of past recipients, visit the ACRL Web site.

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