CSULB Professor Dr. Lesley Farmer Receives 2015 Librarian Recognition Award

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CSULB Professor Dr. Lesley Farmer selected 2015 recipient of the Librarian Recognition Award by the Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association

CSULB Professor Dr. Lesley Farmer selected 2015 recipient of the Librarian Recognition Award by the Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association

Lesley Farmer, a professor of Educational Technology and Media Leadership at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Librarian Recognition Award by the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

Farmer was chosen based on her contributions worldwide in support of information literacy and instruction. She will receive the award on Sunday, June 28, at the ALA annual conference in San Francisco.

Librarian Recognition Award was created to recognize an individual’s contribution to the development, advancement and support of information literacy and instruction.

“I have worked for 20 years in the area of information literacy and instruction, especially with an eye on gendered issues, so it was such an honor to be recognized for this long-term effort,” said Farmer, who also serves as department chair for advanced studies in education and counseling and is the teacher librarian program coordinator. “This award enabled me to look back at this work, which reminded me of the extent of information literacy and its changes over the years. Yet the underlying ideas–and the need for information literacy–remain as vital as ever.”

Farmer has presented widely and written dozens of articles, book chapters, and eight books dealing with information literacy.

She co-chaired the U.S. committee to develop a core list of information literacy resources for a global information literacy publication and served on the Association of College and Research Libraries Task Force to develop a new information literacy framework for higher education. Farmer also maintains a wiki on digital citizenship and a blog on internet learning activities for families.

The award selection committee noted Farmer’s wide range of influence, including her strong publication record and participation and leadership in a variety of committees, as determining factors in the committee’s selection of her as this year’s winner.

The Library Instruction Round Table began in 1977 with the intent to bring together librarians who provide library instruction across all types of libraries–academic, public, school, and special libraries. This year marks the second time the Library Recognition Award has been awarded.

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