Today the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) announced that I’ve been named the 2019 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. According to ACRL, the award “recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.”
The announcement goes on to share the impact of my research, including the low morale study:
“Kaetrena Davis Kendrick is a fully engaged and dedicated professional with her finger on the pulse of some of the most relevant and significant issues in academic librarianship today,” said Jennifer L. Fabbi, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and dean of the California State University-San Marcos University Library. “Her work in the areas of underserved and rural user populations, professional ethics, and morale in the profession are discussed widely and used in graduate library programs. Kaetrena is framing discussions influencing the future of our profession and the next generation of librarians.”
I’m completely elated and proud to earn this achievement, and I thank the Renewers Community for joining me in my continuing efforts to improve our profession.