The Earlham Libraries strive to extend a legacy of excellence in instruction, building on the work of decades of dedicated staff and two illustrious leaders. Evan Ira Farber was head librarian from 1962 to 1994, "becoming his profession's most articulate spokesman for college librarianship and bibliographic instruction" (Werking p. v). Thomas G. Kirk, Jr. directed the libraries from 1994 to 2009 and was the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year in 2004. Under Kirk's leadership, Earlham won the 2001 Excellence in Academic Libraries college category award for "almost 40 years of excellence in contributions to student learning; in partnering with faculty; and in the transformation of the educational program of Earlham College. Earlham College librarians have made significant contributions to the college, to regional associations, to ACRL and ALA, and to the development of library instruction and information literacy programs across the nation" (ALA News Release).
Recent instruction-related publications and presentations from Earlham librarians include but are not limited to:
* N. Baker and N. Taylor. "Measuring the ‘Excellence’ of Librarianship at Earlham College" in Jacob Hill and Susan Swords Steffen, eds. Excellence in the Stacks: Strategies, Practices and Reflections of Award-Winning Libraries. Cambridge, UK: Woodhead, 2013: 1-14.
* N. Baker. “Film Studies” in Patrick Ragains, ed. Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, Second Edition. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013: 145-154.
* N. Baker. “The Pedagogy of Gaming.” Panel Speaker. Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference. Philadelphia, PA, April 2011.
* N. Baker and A. Stahl. “Prêt-à-Porter Technology: Rebooting the Earlham College Study Abroad Program à la française.” Poster Session. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting. Austin, TX, January 2010.
* N Baker. “Improving on Excellence: Looking Beyond Information Literacy to 21st-Century Educational Paradigms and Virtual Worlds.” Panel Speaker. Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference. Seattle, WA, March 2009.
* N. Baker and T. G. Kirk, Jr. “Merged Service Outcomes at Earlham College." Reference Services Review 35.3 (Summer 2007): 379-387.
* N. Baker and T. G. Kirk, Jr. " “Emergence / Emergency? The Earlham Libraries and the First-Year Experience” in Larry Hardesty, ed. The Role of the Library in the First College Year. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 2007: 229-233.
* T. Nagosawa. "Customized Learning Support Services in Order to Build Collaboration between Faculty Members and Librarians in Education: Based on a Case Study of Earlham College." Journal of Japan Society of Library and Information Science 58.4 (December 2012): 185-201.
* T Nagosawa. "Librarians' Approaches to Building Nodal Points in Order to Build Collaboration between Faculty Members and Librarians in Education: Based on a Case Study of Earlham College." Journal of Japan Society of Library and Information Science 58.1 (March 2012): 18-34.
* T Nagosawa. "A Case Study on Learning and Teaching Support Provided by Earlham College Library." Library and Information Science 57 (2007): 33-50.
* ALA News Release. "ACRL Selects 'Excellence in Academic Libraries' Winners." February 2001. http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=archive&template=/contentmanagement/contentdisplay.cfm&ContentID=9374
* Richard Hume Werking. "The Library as an Instrument of Education: Appreciating Evan Farber" in Farber, Evan I, David C. D. Gansz, Richard H. Werking, Lynn S. Cochrane, and Pyke J. Johnson. College Libraries and the Teaching/learning Process: Selections from the Writings of Evan Ira Farber. Richmond, Indiana: Earlham College Press, 2007.
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