Posted on | December 11, 2009 | Comments Off
Mānoa Professor Rebecca Knuth was honored with the Library Journal Teaching Award. The award, co-sponsored by ProQuest, recognizes one outstanding educator who excels at educating the next generation of librarians. Knuth is notable for her ongoing engagement with and mentorship of her students and her commitment to the profession’s core principles through course development and scholarly research. Nominated by her students, Knuth was selected by the editors of Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine, from a competitive group of nominations from across the United States.
Knuth began her work at Mānoa 2004 as chair of the Library Information Science program, part of the Department of Information and Computer Science. Her professional accomplishments at the university include building courses in the LIS program and creating its popular elective course in intellectual freedom, a topic on which much of her research focuses. She has authored two books on intellectual freedom and libraries, as well as peer-reviewed scholarly articles and more popular writings.
The meaningful content used in her classrooms, her educator-as-learner approach, and her student-centered thinking prompted LIS student Karen Brown to nominate Knuth for the honor. “Not only is the subject matter fascinating and relevant, but Dr. Knuth seems to enjoy her time with us in each and every class,” says Brown.