Mann wins 2012 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley
Instruction Librarian Award
J. Mann, assistant director for public services and instruction
and information literacy librarian at the University of Maryland
University College, is the winner of the Association of College
and Research Libraries Instruction Section’s
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.
Mann received her M.L.I.S. from the University of
South Carolina in 1995.
Mann will receive her $1,000 award, along with a plaque, at the
IS program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012 during the ALA
Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
"The award acknowledges Mann’s significant contributions
to academic library instruction, particularly in the area of online
learning, an increasingly important component of information literacy
instruction," said IS Miriam Dudley Award Chair Polly D.
Boruff-Jones, director of library and information services at Drury
University. "As part of a robust online information literacy
program, Mann successfully created engaging tutorials and developed
synchronous instruction via Web conferencing for University of
Maryland University College students, who may be taking classes
almost anywhere, from Adelphi, Md. to Baghdad, Iraq. The Miriam
Dudley Award committee congratulates Mann on her accomplishments
and strongly agrees with the praise offered by her nominators:
she is a committed advocate for information literacy, an innovative
leader, and a commendable professional."
Mann was cited for her commitment to student success evidenced
by her leadership of a robust information literacy program, including
her success in providing information literacy instruction through
the UMUC distance education program. Not only has she created engaging
online tutorials and linked instruction modules with the UMUC course
management system, but also conducts synchronous instruction sessions
using Web conferencing. The award committee cited her work as a
model for other programs nationally and internationally.