Today we learned who is our 2007 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year – which just happens to be the highest honor our profession bestows upon one of its own. This year’s the award goes to Lizabeth (Betsy) A. Wilson, Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington. You can find all the details in the press release at the ACRL site. It’s clear that Betsy has a truckload of accomplishments as one of academic librarianship’s outstanding leaders. The ACRLog blog team congratulates Betsy on being named Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.
Oh yeah – and some guy named Jim Neal is the recipient of the 2007 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. He’s no slouch either. Way to go Jim.
The exhibit floor at ALA Midwinter featured a video game playing demonstration at the ALA booth. I would venture to say that most boomer librarians, myself included, are not up to speed on the currently popular video games. This presented a good opportunity to learn and gather some intelligence. I watched a young man face off against a librarian in a game of Guitar Hero.
I got the gist of how the game worked, and I could see how our students can find these games enormously entertaining. It did give me a greater appreciation for video game playing. While I still don’t think I’m ready to suggest that academic libraries should acquire games for their collections, I can see some possibilities for offering more video game playing events in the library.
The ACRL booth was easy to find at the Seattle midwinter conference. For the first time the ACRL booth was distributing our ACRLog flyer. Yes, to our ongoing disbelief, not every academic librarian reads ACRLog. So even we have to do a bit of promotion. Hopefully we picked up a few new readers who discovered our flyer.
While I was at the booth I snapped a photo of the volunteers on duty. The folks in the photo are (left to right):
Chris Hollister, University of Buffalo
Laila Miletic-Vejzovic, Washington State University
Deborah B. Dancik, Willamette University