Carla Tracy, director of the Thomas Tredway Library, has been awarded the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award for 2013. The award is presented by the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries, and the ceremony will officially take place during the Illinois Library Association conference in October. Information on the award can be found at the Illinois Library Association web site.
Carla has been director of the library since 2003. Prior to holding that position, she served as interim director (2002-2003), collection development coordinator (1997-2003), reference coordinator (1995-1997), and reference librarian (1994-1995).
Under Carla’s leadership, the library staff has played a key role in integrating information literacy into the requirements for the general education program and new college-wide outcomes, increased the number of student instruction sessions to roughly 300 per year, promoted undergraduate research with primary sources in special collections, begun an assessment program to evaluate information literacy instruction, and engaged in a major renovation and expansion project as part of the college’s creation of the Center for Student Life (CSL). In particular, during the CSL process, Carla has fostered an environment of respect and open communication and has displayed tremendous grit and patience.