Librarians Hoffman and Costello Receive ACRL Innovation Award

Michelle Costello (left) and Kimberly Davies Hoffman at a recent workshop in Milne Library.

GENESEO, N.Y. - Two SUNY Geneseo librarians have won the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section Innovation Award.

Kimberly Davies Hoffman, associate librarian for reference and instruction, and Michelle Costello, reference/instruction, education and instructional design librarian, received the award for developing the Library Instruction Leadership Academy (LILAC), a collaborative professional development project designed, organized and delivered by regional K-12, community college and college/university librarians. Both work at the college's Milne Library.

Sponsored by ProQuest, the annual award recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming. A prize of $3,000 and a certificate will be presented to Hoffman and Costello in June during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

"The IS Awards Committee chose the LILAC project for the ACRL IS Innovation Award because of the creators' ‘think locally' approach to professional development in challenging economic times," said Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, award committee co-chair and instruction/reference services librarian at Longwood University. "Producing this model for regional professional development opportunities for information literacy pedagogy for educators and librarians provides all of us with a refreshing, innovative look at how we can learn and network locally. Furthermore, in a truly collaborative spirit, the project planners were inclusive in their approach, seeking the expertise of K-12 and higher education librarians and educators. In its purpose, content and potential for widespread use, LILAC is truly an innovative contribution to advancing pedagogy in information literacy and instruction librarianship."

Hoffman earned her bachelor's degree in French and international relations from the University of New Hampshire in 1995 and her MLIS degree from the University of Buffalo in 1997. She has been at Geneseo for 11 years. Costello earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and elementary education from St. John Fisher College in 1990 and her MLIS degree from Syracuse University in 2007. She has been at Geneseo for three years.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals.

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