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UNLV Libraries Dean Patricia Iannuzzi named 2013 ACRL Academic/ Research Librarian of the Year

By Michael Yunkin on January 29, 2013 10:52 AM | Permalink

CHICAGO --  Patricia Iannuzzi, dean of university libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), is the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.  A division of the American Libraries Association, ACRL recognizes through this lifetime achievement award, an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to the academic / research librarianship and library development.

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Iannuzzi will receive a $5,000 award at 4 p.m. on Wed., April 10, 2013, during the ACRL2013 conference opening keynote session in Indianapolis.

Over the course of her career, Iannuzzi has been a national and international leader on, and advocate for, information literacy and student learning issues in higher education. By chairing the recent task force resulting in a major revision of the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education and the committee that developed the seminal ACRLInformation Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, she has served a pivotal role in establishing a standards-based, outcomes-driven framework for both library assessment and instruction efforts.  As a result of her leadership and groundbreaking work, Iannuzzi has served as a mentor and inspiration for many in the academic and research library community.

"Libraries, like every other part of higher education, are in the midst of historic, transformative change.  Dean Iannuzzi has done a great deal to ensure that they will continue to be central to the educational work of colleges and universities, and a vibrant hub for students' development of the capacities they need for analytical inquiry and integrative learning." Carol Geary Schneider, President Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

Patricia Iannuzzi's notable 30 year career as an educator and librarian has included serving as a national presenter on information literacy issues, undergraduate education, faculty-library collaborations and more at a wide range of conferences including the AAC&U Greater Expectations Institute, LOEX of the West, LILAC: Libraries Information Literacy Annual Conference, Music Library Association and the ALA Annual Conference. She has also served as a consultant on issues including information literacy, curriculum design and budgeting for a variety of institutions. Iannuzzi's publications include "Reforming the Undergraduate Experience" in New Directions in Teaching and Learning (with Diane VanderPol and Jeanne Brown, 2008), "Focus:  Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education" in Community and Junior College Libraries (2000) and "Faculty Development and Information Literacy:  Establishing Campus Partnerships" in RSR: Reference Services Review (1998).

"Her distinguished career...has been marked by her dedication to information literacy and student learning, and by her passionate advocacy for academic libraries...," noted David D. Oberhelman, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and professor in the Oklahoma State University Library Humanities-Social Sciences Division. "We are thrilled to honor her with this award for her remarkable ability to effect positive change, for as they say at the UNLV Libraries, 'Patty will kick down the doors, so be ready to walk through them.... Patty has been kicking down doors for us all and has been cheering us on to excellence as we walk through those doors."

Prior to joining UNLV in 2005, Iannuzzi served as associate university librarian and director of the Doe/ Moffitt Libraries (2000-2005) and interim director of collections (2002-2005) at the University of California- Berkeley, head of the reference department and co-director of the information literacy initiative at Florida International University (1991-2000) and in a variety of positions at the University of Miami, Yale University and Tufts University.

or more information on the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award, along with a complete list of past recipients, please visit the ACRL website at

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