Megan Fitzgibbons named 2011 CACUL New Academic Librarian of the Year

From the CLA
The Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL) is pleased to announce that the winner of the New Academic Librarian of the Year Award for 2011 is Megan Fitzgibbons.

Ms. Fitzgibbons is an extraordinary new librarian who is strongly committed to research and professional activities. Nominators described her as an “energetic, thoughtful professional who is already making an impact on the profession.” After graduating from Dalhousie University with a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree in 2007, Ms. Fitzgibbons became a liaison librarian at McGill University, where she does stellar work with the Political Science department and the Centre for Continuing Education language programs. However, excellent professional performance is only part of her accomplishments.

Ms. Fitzgibbons has been extremely active within library associations as a member of the Canadian Library Association (CLA), I’Association des bibliothécaires de Québec Library Association (ABQLA), and Educause. She co-founded the professional partnering program of McGill’s CLA Student Chapter, and currently serves as co-editor of the ABQLA Bulletin. She chaired the CACUL Re:Generations Committee from 2009-2010. During that time, Re:Generations actively participated in the CLA program for the first time, with two innovative sessions directed at students and new professionals in academic libraries. Both sessions were very well received, and the models were adopted in order to successfully propose sessions at the 2011 CLA conference.

Megan has a remarkable record of publication for a new librarian. She has over a dozen author credits to her name – and almost as many conference presentations – that have contributed to scholarly dialogue in the areas of reference and information literacy. In 2010, she co-authored an article entitled, “Are bibliographic management software search interfaces reliable?: A comparison between search results obtained using database interfaces and the EndNote online search function,” which appeared in The Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Generously sponsored by Ebsco, the New Academic Librarian of the Year Award recognizes innovative ideas and initiatives brought to life by Canadian academic librarians who have completed their MLIS or equivalent within the last five years.  The New Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the CACUL Annual General Meeting on Friday, May 27, during the CLA National Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL) is a division of the Canadian Library Association (CLA). CLA is a national association representing the interests of public, academic, school and special libraries, professional librarians, library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life for Canadians through information and literacy.  For details, visit www.cla.ca.