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Sharon Bull recognized with prestigious library award

July 5, 2017

Northwest Nazarene University Director of Library Services Dr. Sharon I. Bull was presented the prestigious Emily Russel Award at the Association of Christian Librarians 2017 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 15. The award honors outstanding contribution to Christian librarianship.

The Emily Russel Award was established in 1971 in memory of Miss Emily Russel, co-founder of the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), in recognition of her vision and foresight. Honorees are selected by the Association’s membership and approved by their Board of Directors based on international library service special achievement in the librarian’s local community or church, publication or contribution to library literature, innovative library initiatives, and professional library organization activities.

“As Dr. Bull retires, she leaves a global legacy of advancing Nazarene Higher Education, and generations to come will benefit from her service.”
Bull is only the 18th recipient of ­­­­­this award since it was established 46 years ago. It is her ongoing service to Nazarene libraries around the world, her leadership in the innovative accomplishments of designing and building the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library and the Leah Peterson Learning Commons/Riley Library at Northwest Nazarene University, and her many years of leadership in the Association of Christian Librarians that set her apart for this honor.

Bull became a member of the Association of Christian Librarians plus attended her first annual conference in 1977 and has missed only nine conferences since. She has remained active in ACL while at Point Loma Nazarene University, Eastern Nazarene College, and since 1995, as Director of Library Services at Northwest Nazarene University. In 2008, she also became Dean of Academic Services. She currently holds these two positions and will do so until her retirement at the end of July 2017.

Dr. Dan Copp, education commissioner for the Church of the Nazarene, states “Bull leaves a wonderful legacy of advancing access to resources so vital to the Nazarene Universities where she has served, as well as a legacy of traveling to Nazarene institutions in other world areas to come alongside in support of their developing access to resources. As Dr. Bull retires, she leaves a global legacy of advancing Nazarene Higher Education, and generations to come will benefit from her service.”

NNU President Joel Pearsall expressed his appreciation for Dr. Bull saying, “Dr. Sharon Bull has dedicated her life to Christian higher education. For the past 22 years, Sharon has helped shape NNU in significant ways that will impact future students for generations to come. Sharon is an excellent example of what it means to embody Christ-like character as well as the mission and values of NNU."

As the director of library services and dean of academic services, Bull effectively led her team in the planning, research, collaboration, and innovation necessary for the designing, building, and occupying of the Leah Peterson Learning Commons and Riley Library facility at Northwest Nazarene University. The building, which more than doubled the size of the Riley Library, is nearly 57,000 square feet and was constructed at an estimated cost of $10 million. It was dedicated on October 9, 2014.