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Burhanna Wins Inaugural Librarian Recognition Award

Posted Jul. 28, 2014
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Ken Burhanna, assistant dean for
engagement and outreach and associate
professor in University Libraries, was
named the first recipient of the Library
Instruction Round Table's Librarian
Recognition Award. 

Ken Burhanna, assistant dean for engagement and outreach and associate professor in University Libraries, was named the first recipient of the Library Instruction Round Table's (LIRT) Librarian Recognition Award. The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award acknowledges a librarian's contribution to the development, advancement and support of information literacy and instruction. Burhanna received the award at the American Library Association's annual conference at the LIRT program on Sunday, June 30. LIRT is a roundtable of the American Library Association, whose purpose is to advocate library instruction and information literacy as part of lifelong learning. He received a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium.

Sherri Brown, chair of the award subcommittee for the Librarian Instruction Award, says Burhanna was chosen from a pool of very talented nominees. Subcommittee members note Burhanna's length and breadth of service in support of information literacy and instruction as commendable.

“Burhanna's commitment to creating and advancing resources that further both high school and college-level information literacy initiatives really resonated with committee members,” Brown says. “His work exemplifies LIRT's mission to develop lifelong learners. The committee valued that his contributions extend beyond his academic position to benefit a wide range of instructors and learners in multiple life stages. Through state and local initiatives, national projects, including TRAILS (Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) and PRIMO (Peer-reviewed Instructional Materials Online), and award-winning publications, Burhanna's many accomplishments in instruction merit his attainment of the inaugural LIRT Librarian Recognition Award."

“I am humbled to be named the first recipient of the LIRT Librarian Recognition Award,” Burhanna says. “I really feel I am accepting this award on behalf of the many colleagues in K-12 and higher education with whom I have worked side by side in connecting libraries to student success."

Burhanna is the editor/author of Informed Transitions: Libraries Supporting the High School to College Transition (Libraries Unlimited 2013) and co-author of the award-winning A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians (Libraries Unlimited 2007). He has spoken and written extensively about the role of libraries in supporting successful student transitions.

For more information about University Libraries, visit www2.kent.edu/library.