Illinois Academic Librarian of Year Award Goes to NLU’s Morrison Rob Morrison, Ph.D., was honored for his innovations, scholarship, service

Congratulations are in order to Rob Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University.  The Illinois Library Association has given him its Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award.

“Rob and our library faculty and staff are pretty modest, but they are very innovative and engaged in professional arenas within and well beyond NLU,” said Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Provost.   “This is one indicator that others are appreciative of the leadership they demonstrate under Rob’s leadership.”

The award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development.

Morrison served as a member of the Illinois Library Association Executive Board from 2014-2017 and acted as the Board’s liaison to the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries. He also served as a mentor for new directors in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and as a member of the CARLI Program Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served on numerous American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries committees.

In addition to his professional service and administrative responsibilities, Morrison has maintained an active agenda of teaching and scholarship with a focus on adult learners and distance education. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses online and in person, at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Most recently, he developed and taught a course on academic governance and leadership for National Louis University’s doctoral program in higher education leadership.

One of Morrison’s nominators described him as “truly the epitome of excellence in, and service to, the profession.”

The ILA will present the award to Morrison on Oct. 9 at the Illinois Library Association annual conference in Peoria.