SILS alumnus, Joshua Vossler, wins ACRL Innovation Award

February 28, 2012

Josh Vossler

Joshua Vossler (MSLS '07), information literacy and reference librarian at Coastal Carolina University and alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his colleague John Watts, instruction and liaison services librarian at Webster University, have been selected to receive the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation Award for their work on a series of five videos, which were created in cooperation with Coastal Carolina University’s First Year Experience Program and were designed to introduce first-year students to fundamental information literacy concepts. 

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 plaque will be presented to Vossler and Watts during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  

“Kimbel Library’s instructional videos combine a high level of creativity and quality with humor, while addressing information literacy concepts in an approachable manner,” said award committee co-chair Erin L. Ellis, head of libraries instructional services at the University of Kansas. “Additionally, the videos are Creative Commons licensed. The creators have demonstrated a significant institutional impact and the videos are being used by several other universities.”

Vossler holds a master's degree in English literature and he received his MSLS from SILS in 2007. His research interests include information literacy and the use of humor in the classroom.

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