Megan Oakleaf (PhD ’06) wins ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award

March 20, 2019

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Megan Oakleaf (PhD '06)

Megan Oakleaf (PhD ’06), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is the winner of

the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. Oakleaf will receive $1,000 and a plaque.

Award chair Merinda Kaye Hensley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign praised Oakleaf’s accomplishments in the ACRL news release announcing the award.

“Megan Oakleaf’s career has been dedicated to shining a light on student learning, assessment strategies, and program development in libraries for two decades,” said Hensley. “Her efforts to connect the praxis of library instruction to higher educational student learning goals is demonstrated through the classroom tools, pedagogies, and creative thinking she has so generously shared through her many workshops, keynote presentations, and consultation work.”

According to Hensley, Oakleaf made a lifetime impact on those who attended the assessment track of ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program, developing and leading conversations about the complexities of what needs to be assessed and why. Her scholarship informed and helped steer instructors to gather evidence of student learning at their own institutions.