The First Year Experience Innovation Awards
Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and Credo Reference 

Recognizing that effective First Year Experience (FYE) programs can impact everything from retention rates to overall student success, Credo has partnered with Case Western Reserve University to honor libraries and librarians who are innovating in the field. As libraries are tasked with supporting FYE initiatives, enterprising librarians have emerged with creative ways to teach academic skills to first year students, build connections between students and their institutions,and orient students to institutional resources.

CWRU_KSL.BLUE-02.pngCase Western Reserve University and Credo Reference, as active participants in the FYE space, seek to recognize a librarian and library who are innovating new and interesting ways to impact first year students. Every year, one library and one librarian will receive a prize of $1,500 and award plaque in honor of their outstanding achievement. The first awards will be presented at the 2018 Personal Librarian & FYE Library Conference in Cleveland, OH hosted by the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University. Subsequent awards will be presented at ACRL and the Personal Librarian & FYE conference, which occur on alternating years.

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FYE Librarian Innovator Award

Recognizing a librarian who brings distinction to the FYE space through programming and innovation

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FYE Library Innovation Award

Recognizing a library’s exceptional commitment to ensuring student success through FYE programming and support

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The Nomination and Selection Process:

Nominations will be accepted until October 1, 2017. Individuals can self-nominate or nominate someone else or a library for the appropriate awards. Nominations require answers to 5 open-ended questions with a 250-500 word count as well as at least 1 letter of support, supporting documents and supporting digital resources. Winners will be selected by the committee of five judges noted below. Any working professional librarian in North America (United States, Canada, Mexico) is eligible. “Professional” means a person in possession of a master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science and/or holding a position designated “professional” in a library or library service.

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Conditions of Participation:

Participants agree to be bound by these rules and all decisions of the award judges, whose decisions will be final. By accepting the prize, winner grants to Sponsor, its agents and others working on their behalf the right to photograph the winner, and the right to use the winner’s name, picture, likeness and city and state of residence for advertising and marketing purposes, without additional compensation, unless otherwise prohibited by law. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply and the winners are responsible for payment of any such taxes.

Meet the judges:

Brian Gray head shot.jpgBrian Gray
Team Leader, Research Services
Case Western Reserve University

Brian C. Gray is the Team Leader for Research Services for the Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. He co-chairs the library’s implementation of their personal librarian program. He co-chaired the first two national conferences focused on personal librarian and first year experience programs. He taught technology courses for Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. He has held leadership positions for the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Academic Library Association of Ohio. He holds a B.S. Chemical Engineering (University of Akron), MLIS (Kent State University), and MBA (Case Western Reserve University).

Ian Singer.jpgIan Singer
General Manager
Credo Reference

For over two decades Ian has been committed to innovation in the field of information services and has held leadership positions at some of the library industry’s most well-respected companies. Before joining Credo, he served as Vice President, Group Publishing for Media Source, Inc., where he was responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of such prestigious publications as Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book. Prior to Media Source Inc., he held positions at Bowker LLC and Joint Information Inc; in 1996 he co-founded eComp, a web-based executive compensation database covering all US public companies, which was sold to Aon Consulting in 2002. Ian holds a law degree from New York Law School, and a B.A. in History from George Washington University. Based in New Jersey, he currently serves on the the international advisory council for the San Jose State State University School of Information and the board of trustees for the New Providence Memorial Library.

ray pun cropped.jpgRaymond Pun
First Year Student Success Librarian
California State University, Fresno

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian at California State University, Fresno. He coordinates the first year information literacy program and first year library experience on campus. In his career, Raymond has worked as a research librarian at NYPL and at NYU Shanghai. An active member of ALA, SLA and IFLA, he has also published and presented extensively in the areas of public and academic librarianship and community engagement. Raymond is currently part of the ACRL Framework Advisory Board and the Executive Board in the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). His edited volumes include Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library and Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe. Most recently, he is the co-editor of The First-Year Experience Cookbook (ACRL 2017) with Meggan Houlihan.  

marian traynor.jpgMarian Traynor
Manager, Library User Services
Sheridan College

Marian Traynor is the Manager, Library User Services at Sheridan College. Sheridan College has three campuses located in the Toronto region and an FTE of 22,000+ students. Sheridan College is distinguished by its Creative Campus philosophy – a cross-curricular approach with a strong focus on innovation, experiential learning and faculty with strong industry experience. Sheridan Library focuses on scaffolding of skills throughout the curriculum, with a first year librarian program to support both research skill development and the building of a culture of academic integrity across the College. In addition to managing the information literacy program, Marian is responsible for access and research services as well as space planning and use. Prior to Sheridan, Marian worked as a part-time faculty librarian at George Brown College and a research specialist at the Toronto Star newspaper. She holds an Honours Bachelor degree in French Language and Literature, an Honours Diploma in History and a Masters degree in Library Science from Western University.

DFH_Profile_Picture cropped.jpgDouglas Hasty
First Year Experience Librarian
Florida International University

In 1990 Douglas was hired as FIU’s first Interlibrary Loan Librarian.  He converted the service from paper to electronic/online processing and submitting.  He served on a number of ILL-related committees locally, statewide, and nationally.  In 2000, he was promoted to department head for FIU Library’s Access Services, including ILL, and supervised staff at three campuses.  In 2011, he requested to be placed into a new position – First Year Experience Librarian.  He now liaises with librarians and university staff throughout campus as the library’s representative to the first year students.  He received his BA in History from Guilford College, his MLS from University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and is currently a graduate student in the FIU Higher Education Administration PhD program.  Douglas is originally from North Carolina and other Southern states.  He lives with his husband in Dania Beach, FL, and travels frequently to Thailand to visit in-laws and family.