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Hefner-Babb tapped for 2017 Texas Library Association award

Theresa Hefner-Babb of Lamar University has been named 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Service in Library Instruction Award from the Texas Library Association Library Instruction Roundtable.

Hefner-Babb is the executive director of the Office of Planning and Assessment, and the liaison for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Before assuming these roles, Hefner-Babb was instruction and assessment coordinator/copyright librarian and associate professor of Library Services at LU’s Mary and John Gray Library. In that role, she oversaw the Federal Depository Collection, the library instruction program, and assessment for the library and LIBR 1101. Her dissertation, "A Parallel Study of Academic Library Administrators' Leadership Behaviors," focused on leadership practices of library administrators versus the preferences of the librarians they supervise. Her historical research interests include legislative history, the American Civil War, military history, and popular culture.

She holds Ed.D. and M.A. degrees from Lamar University, a M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. from Oklahoma City University.

Tom Rohrig, federal government information depository librarian and the PTRC (Patent and Trademark Resource Center) librarian at Texas Tech University, submitted the nomination.

The award will be presented in San Antonio at the TLA annual conference, April 19-22.

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