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Maples Honored with Faculty Information Literacy Award

November 3, 2016

Dr. Joellen Maples has been named the 2016 Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award recipient. This award, given by Lavery Library to a St. John Fisher College faculty member who actively supports information literacy, is named for Dr. Mark Szarejko ’80 in recognition of his support of the library.

Joellen Maples

Joellen Maples

The award was presented by Provost Kevin Railey during the Library’s Fisher Scholarship Celebration, held on Thursday, Oct. 28. During the presentation, Maples, associate professor in the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, was recognized as setting “the gold standard as an advocate for information literacy.”

During the award ceremony, colleagues noted her extensive collaboration with Kathleen Sigler, Lavery Library's education librarian; a partnership that spans more than 14 sessions within 12 courses.

The online literacy capstone, which includes 11 research skills modules designed by Maples and 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 notably at a Third Friday lecture. In an effort 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.

“Since Dr. Maples arrived at Fisher, she has actively cultivated a growing suite of library sessions into the graduate and undergraduate literacy courses,” write Sigler in a letter nominating Maples for the award. “Following her lead, other education literacy faculty began including library sessions and welcoming suggestions from the education librarian regarding methods that include information literacy in their courses."”

The nomination letter also spoke of Maples’ efforts to deeply intertwine information literacy throughout her professional experiences, 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.