Achievement awards nomination period opens

Beginning October 1, 2017, RUSA will open the nomination period for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by January 5, 2018*.

RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose outstanding contributions merit recognition by the profession. RUSA has, and will continue to, nominate, select and honor the very best in the field of reference and user services with the continued support of industry sponsors.

Achievement recognition awards for individuals and groups:

RUSA Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award sponsored by Credo, RUSA’s highest honor, recognizes an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of reference librarianship. $5,000* and a citation.

RUSA Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services sponsored by ReferenceUSA is given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. $1,500* and a citation.

RUSA Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award sponsored by NoveList recognizes a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services. $1,250* and a citation.

RUSA John Sessions Memorial Award sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO recognizes a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. The winner receives a plaque.

BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship Award sponsored by Mergent by FTSE Russell is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. $4,000* and a citation.

CODES Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries. The winner receives a citation.

CODES Zora Neale Hurston Award sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers, honors an individual ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature. The winner receives $1,250* supporting travel to the ALA Annual Conference, a beautiful plaque, two tickets to the United for Libraries author events: The Gala Author Tea and The Laugh’s On Us, and two complete sets of Zora Neale Hurston’s books and audiobooks.

ETS Achievement Award is a citation presented annually in recognition of excellence in service to the Emerging Technologies Section of RUSA. The winner receives a citation.

HS Genealogy/History Achievement Award sponsored by ProQuest, is presented to a librarian, library or publisher who recognizes professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship. $1,500* and a citation.

RSS Service Achievement Award is presented annually to a member of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section. The winner receives a citation.

STARS Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award sponsored by OCLC, is given to an individual for his or her outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. $2,000* and a citation.

Research grants:

HS History Research and Innovation Award sponsored by Gale, a Cengage Company. is granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship. $2,500* and a citation.

BRASS Research Grant Award sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing, is presented to an individual or group seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. $5,000* and a citation.

Travel awards to ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans 2018:

BRASS Student Travel Award sponsored by SimplyAnalytics, presents funds to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel the ALA Annual Conference. $1,250* and a citation. *This award’s nomination deadline is Feb. 18, 2018.

BRASS Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award sponsored by Global Financial Data, is presented to a new librarian in the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. $1,250* and a citation.

BRASS Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award sponsored by Morningstar, Inc., offers funds to a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference. $1,250* and a citation.

STARS Mentoring Awards sponsored by Atlas Systems, offers ALA Annual Conference travel assistance funds to two library practitioners who are new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who is involved in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing. $1,250* and a citation for each winner.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Questions about these awards should be directed to Leighann Wood, Sr. Program Officer, [email protected].

More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found on www.rusaupdate.org/awards.

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