Alumna Receives Faculty Award for International Achievement

April 21, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan alumna Barbara J. Ford ’68, director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), received the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement at UIUC’s annual International Achievement Awards Banquet. The award recognizes the work of a current UIUC faculty member who shows exemplary work in teaching, research and public service in the international arena.

Ford was honored for her distinguished academic career in developing educational programs for librarians around the world and promoting a global vision of librarianship through her work as president of the Association of College and Research Libraries from 1990 to 1991, president of the American Library Association from 1997 to 1998 and as an elected member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Governing Board from 2005 to 2009.

She received her master of science in library science at UIUC in 1973, her master of arts in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. in 1969 and her bachelor of arts in history from Illinois Wesleyan in 1968.

Contact: Katie Webb ’13, (309) 556-3181