Janice Del Negro Receives GSLIS Teaching Award

Posted on: May 25, 2012

River Forest, IL — Janice M. Del Negro, assistant professor at Dominican University, was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). Del Negro, a resident of Brookfield, has been on the faculty of the university since 2004.

At Dominican, she teaches graduate courses in library and information science, with a focus on materials and services for children and young adults and storytelling; and serves on the advisory board for the Butler Children’s Literature Center. Del Negro holds a doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.

Del Negro is a nationally noted storyteller and folklorist. She has been a featured speaker, storyteller and workshop leader at the National Storytelling Festival, the Illinois Library Association, the Illinois Storytelling Festival and many other conferences and events.

She is the author or editor of several books for young people, including Lucy Dove (1998), which won the Anne Izard Storytelling Award; Willa and the Wind (2005), which was an American Library Association Notable Book for Children; and Passion and Poison (2007). Del Negro also co-edited the fourth edition of the classic storytelling textbook Storytelling: Art and Technique (2010) and has reviewed for Booklist magazine, Kirkus Reviews, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and School Library Journal.

“It has always been my belief that a teacher is only as good as her students, and our students are the best. They understand the ethics and values of professional librarianship, and they take that understanding to leadership positions in the field. Their enthusiasm and willingness to offer exemplary service to their patrons and their institutions makes me hopeful for the future,” Del Negro says.

Students and recent graduates of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science selected Del Negro to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given every three years to a GSLIS full-time or adjunct faculty member. This award is a unique way for the students to voice their convictions about what excellence in teaching really means.

The Excellence in Teaching Award is underwritten by the Follett Corporation, Inc., and carries a monetary award, along with a certificate. Del Negro was honored and gave an address at the university’s May 5 commencement ceremony for graduate students.

Dominican University’s GSLIS is distinguished by innovative practice and research and has been educating future library leaders and information professionals since the 1930s. The school offers an American Library Association-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, a new master of professional studies degree, and a doctoral degree in library and information science.

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor’s degrees through the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and master’s degrees through the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The university also offers a doctoral degree in library and information science. In the 2012 issue of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dominican University in the top 20 of Midwest master’s level universities. The magazine also ranked Dominican as one of three Great Schools at a Great Price in Illinois.

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