The Association of College and Research Libraries has named Syracuse University School of Information Studies Assistant Professor Megan Oakleaf as the 2011 Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, for her article “Information Literacy Instruction Assessment Cycle: A Guide for Increasing Student Learning and Improving Librarian Instruction Skills.”

“The Instruction Section Awards Committee chose Oakleaf’s article because it presents a blueprint for continual information literacy assessment,” said award committee co-chair Robin Ewing, associate professor and access services coordinator at St. Cloud State University. “Oakleaf clearly and thoroughly describes step-by-step how information literacy coordinators can assess their information literacy program. Getting started with assessment can be overwhelming, and this article gives librarians a place to start and a way to continually improve.”

Consisting of a plaque and case prize of $3,000, the award recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years. Oakleaf will receive the award during the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Oakleaf earned her MLS from Kent State University and also holds a BA in English and Spanish and a BS in English Education and Spanish Education from Miami University. Prior to a career in librarianship, Megan taught language arts and advanced composition in public secondary schools, grades 8-12.