Award for Excellence

About the Award

The ACRL-OR Award for Excellence shall be given to recognize a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. Recipients are given an engraved plaque, recognition at the ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference, and a stipend of up to $150 to defray the cost of the fall conference registration.


Any individual or group in Oregon may apply or be nominated; ACRL-OR membership is NOT required. This is not a lifetime achievement award and the nomination must include an initiative or project that occurred in the previous three years. Current ACRL-OR board members can be nominated, but must recuse themselves from the voting process.

How to Apply

Click here for the nomination form. Nominations are accepted through the end of August each year. The latest information about the Award for Excellence, including information about winners, will be posted to the ACRL-OR News page.

Award Winners

2020OSU librarians Laurie Bridges, Diana Park, and Tiah Edmunson-Morton, for their project Writing (Pacific Northwest) African American History into Wikipedia.
Marci Ramiro-Jenkins, Martín Blasco, and the OLA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion/Anti-Racism Task Force, for their work on developing an EDI plan for the Oregon Library Association.
2018Pam Kessinger and the Oregon Association of School Librarians Standards Committee, for writing Grade Level Learning Goals for each standard and indicator of the Oregon School Library Standards.
2016Amy Hofer, Coordinator for Statewide Open Education Library Services, for leading the Open Oregon Educational Resources project which has statewide impact on supporting open education resources (OER).
2015John Schoppert, Director of Library Services at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), for leading the Gorge Open (GO) Open Educational Resources (OER) project.
2014The Library User-experience & Assessment Un-Conference (LUAU) team for the positive impact on Oregon libraries by bringing together academic librarians from across the Pacific Northwest.
2013Todd Hannon for his work with rural communities through the Community Research Enhancement and Education Development (CREED) project.
2012Terry Reese and the Libraries of Oregon project team
Isaac Gilman and the project team behind the Journal for Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC)
2011Oregon Digital Newspaper Program
2010John Helmer, Orbis-Cascade Alliance
2009Janet Webster and Michael Boock