Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

2016 Recipient

Maples_JoellenLavery Library is pleased to present the 7th Annual Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. This award is given to a St. John Fisher College faculty member who actively supports information literacy. Any member the St. John Fisher College faculty is eligible, with the exception of the Library Committee members. This award is named for Dr. Mark Szarejko, 1980 alumnus, in recognition of his support for the library.

The 2016 recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award is Dr. Joellen Maples.

Dr. Joellen Maples, Associate Professor in Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education’s Literacy Department, has exhibited an ongoing and ever increasing commitment to information literacy. Kathi Sigler, Lavery Librarian to the School of Education, describes Dr. Maples as setting “the gold standard as an advocate for information literacy.”

Dr. Maples’ collaboration with the education librarian is extensive, with over 14 session within 12 courses. The online literacy capstone, which includes 11 research skills modules designed by Dr. Maples and Ms. Sigler, has been held up as an exemplar of faculty/librarian collaboration in an online course, resulting in campus invitations to present on the project, most notable at a First Friday lecture. In order to share this unique teaching collaboration beyond the Fisher community, the two plan to co-author a series of papers on their experiences for publication in both academic and practitioner publications.

Dr. Maples’ work with information literacy extends far beyond collaborating with her Lavery Library liaison librarian. Her efforts to advance information literacy are deeply intertwined throughout her professional experience, including work with both graduate and undergraduate students, face-to-face and online classes, pre-service teachers’ field experience in school libraries, curriculum mapping of information literacy skills, membership on the Faculty Assembly Library Committee, and adjudicating the Rochester City School District annual Story Telling Festival.

For all these reasons, Lavery Library and the Library Committee have chosen to honor Dr. Joellen Maples as this year’s Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award recipient.


The Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

The award recipient is an advocate for information literacy, impacting Fisher students and other faculty to promote information literacy on campus and beyond. The following are the criteria exemplified by a worthy candidate for the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award:

  • Assignments/Courses: Creates or revises assignments with a consciousness of library resources
  • Collaboration: Seeks out opportunities to partner and collaborate with librarians. Promotes a connection between librarian and students
  • Curriculum Mapping: Incorporates progressions of information literacy skills throughout the curriculum of his or her discipline
  • Professional Development: Participates or consults on events/workshops/training sessions/working groups that include information literacy
  • Scholarship: Submits/publishes articles or presentations that include information literacy

To learn more about Information Literacy, please visit the Association of College and Research Libraries webpage.

Nomination Process

The nominator should use the Nomination Form [pdf] and provide a letter detailing how the nominee exhibits a commitment to information literacy. Nominations from Fisher faculty, administration and staff, as well as self-nominations, are welcome. Nominations should be sent to Nancy Greco, Instruction Librarian.

The award recipient will be chosen by the members of the Library Committee. The Library Committee is a faculty assembly committee of eleven members; eight faculty members, one graduate student, one undergraduate student, and the Library director.

Award

  • Award recipient's name noted in a book, purchased on their behalf for inclusion in the library collection
  • An individual plaque of recognition
  • A dining certificate for a Rochester restaurant
  • Award recipient's name engraved on the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award plaque in the library

For more information contact Nancy Greco, ngreco@sjfc.edu at (585)385-8139 or visit the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award website.

Past Award Recipients

Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts

Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts

2015 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Learn more about Dr. Michelle Erklenz-Watts.


Dr. Mona Gandhi

Dr. Mona Gandhi

2014 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award.

Learn more about Dr. Mona Gandhi.


Dr. Michael Boller

Dr. Michael Boller

2013 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Michael Boller.


Dr. Stephen Brauer

Dr. Stephen Brauer

2012 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Stephen Brauer.


Dr. Susan Schultz

Dr. Susan Schultz

2011 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

Learn more about Dr. Susan Schultz.


Dr. Kristin Picardo

Dr. Kristin Picardo

2010 Recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award. 

Learn more about Dr. Kristin Picardo.


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