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UW Outreach Librarian Honored for Distance Learning Contributions

February 28, 2011
Cassandra Kvenild

Cassandra Kvenild, assistant librarian in the University of Wyoming Libraries Reference and Instruction Department, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award.

The annual award, sponsored by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group and administrated by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Distance Learning Section, honors an ACRL member working in the field or contributing to the success of distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.

"Cassandra Kvenild was selected for being an emerging leader in her role promoting distance librarianship at her institution as well as her use of new technologies in this effort," said award Chair Johanna R. Tunon of Nova Southeastern University. "She has also contributed to the profession through her active role in ACRL as well as her publishing on topics related to distance library services."

Kvenild's publications relating to distance learning include "Embedded Librarians: Moving Beyond the One-Shot," co-edited with Kaijsa Calkins, to be published by ACRL in spring 2011 and "Reference Without Borders: Serving Patrons at a Distance," also with Calkins, in Colorado Libraries (2009).

Her conference sessions include "Embedding in the 21st Century Academy: Crossing Curriculum and Geography" with Calkins at the 76th IFLA General Conference (2010), "Implementing Information Literacy Into Your Distance Course" at the Wyoming Distance Education Consortia Conference (May 2009) and "Library Services for Distance Learners: Technological Solutions for Far-Flung Students" at the Online Northwest Conference in Corvallis, Ore. (February 2009).

Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group will present a cash award and plaque June 26, at the ALA annual conference in New Orleans.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. It is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the needs of academic and research librarians.

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