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Blodgett Wins 2014 ARLD Academic Innovators Award

Posted by Jenna Ray on Monday, May. 5, 2014

SAINT PAUL, MN (April 25, 2014)—Jayne Blodgett, assistant library director at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is the recipient of the 2014 Academic Innovators Award. This award recognizes academic librarians who have made outstanding contributions to advance the missions of academic libraries in Minnesota through innovative projects, programs, or services.

Blodgett has been the driving force for innovation in multiple areas of Morris’s Briggs Library. She developed an embedded librarian program with courses in multiple disciplines and partnered with faculty in flipping a course. She has been key to expanding digital initiatives, including collaboration on digitizing the archival images and lobbying for an institutional repository.

She also partnered with faculty and students to create the Prairie Gate Literary Festival. Its mission is to provide the University and the lake region of Minnesota unique opportunities to learn from and interact with published writers and other professionals in the field of literary arts.

“I'm very honored to receive this award, especially considering the amazing work being done by other librarians across the state,” says Blodgett. It's gratifying to be recognized for my contributions to Morris.”

Blodgett was recognized and presented with the award at ARLD Day in late April.

The award is sponsored by the Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association. ARLD is a division of the Minnesota Library Association, and is also the ACRL chapter in Minnesota. Its purpose is to identify and seek solutions to mutual problems on the academic and research library level of librarianship to improve services to encourage development of librarians and to stimulate cooperation among libraries.