Lori Townsend


Lori Townsend, learning services coordinator for UNM Libraries, and her colleagues Korey Brunetti, associate librarian and collections coordinator at California State University, East Bay and Amy R. Hofer, distance learning librarian at Portland State University, recently won the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award for their article "Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy."

The award, which was published by the portal "Libraries and the Academy," recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years. Donated by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., the award consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $3,000.

Award committee co-chairs Erin Ellis from the University of Kansas and Robin Kear from the University of Pittsburgh said, "Any librarian who has struggled with turning theory into practice when it comes to information literacy will appreciate this article. The awards committee appreciates this excellent mix of the theoretical and practical and believes it presents a new and exciting way to think of what and how we teach."

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environment.