MILWAUKEE — Janice Welburn, dean of libraries, has been named the 2011 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.
Welburn was selected for her devotion to mentoring new librarians throughout her career and her commitment to diversity and professional service. Welburn has contributed to academic and research librarianship through service on numerous ACRL boards and committees, has co-edited Advocacy, Outreach and the Nation’s Academic Libraries: A Call for Action and Human Resources Management in Today’s Academic Library: Meeting Challenges and Creating Opportunities. She is also the co-author of numerous articles and book chapters.
“This award is truly deserved, and we are very, very proud to have Janice as a colleague here at Marquette,” said Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J. “Janice is a tremendous asset and resource for our students, faculty and staff.”
“Janice is a tireless worker,” said Kenley Neufeld, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and library director at Santa Barbara City College. “She naturally possesses the people skills that most of us work hard to obtain — integrity, trust, kindness and a passion for the profession. Janice has made a major impact on academic and research librarianship not only for her contribution to the literature concerning diversity not only in academic libraries but also in libraries in general.”
Welburn joined Marquette in April 2006 after serving as associate dean of libraries at the University of Arizona since 2003 following 13 years of service at the University of Iowa. She will be formally recognized by the ACRL Wednesday, March 30, in Philadelphia.
Editor’s note: A digital head shot of Welburn is available, upon request.