JoyceÂ Saricks, adjunct professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, and well-known adult readersâ€™ advisory expert, is the winner of the Reference and User Services Associationâ€™s 2011 Margaret MonroeÂ Award.
The Margaret Monroe Award honors a librarian, library and information science researcher or educator who has made a significant contribution to library adult services.Â SaricksÂ is best known for her groundbreaking work in adult readersâ€™ advisory while she was the coordinator of the Literature and Audio Services Department from 1983-2004 at the Downers Grove (Ill.) Public Library. Even now in her retirement from public library service, she stays busy providing her expertise to the library community in a variety of ways. For the last decade, she has been a regular contributor toÂ Ebscoâ€™sÂ NoveListÂ and also a reviewer and columnist for the American Library Associationâ€™sÂ Booklist. Since 2004, she has taught the course on Readerâ€™s Advisory at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. In partnership with the American Library Association, she has published â€œThe Readersâ€™ Advisory Guide to Genre Fictionâ€ and â€œReadersâ€™ Advisory Service in theÂ PublicÂ Library.â€
â€œJoyceâ€™s work is at the core of what Readerâ€™s Advisory Services to Adults is all about,â€ said Allan M.Â Kleiman, chair of the award committee. â€œThe Margaret Monroe spirit of linking books and adults is always evident throughout her writings, reviews and teaching. Those insights have allowed us all to learn from her to answer that timeless question, â€˜Can you help me find something good toÂ read?â€™â€
SaricksÂ previously received the Allie Beth Martin Award (1989) from the Public Library Association and the Librarian of the Year Award (2000) from the Romance Writers of America. She is a longtime active member of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) ofÂ RUSA, the CODES Readersâ€™ Advisory Committee and the Reading ListÂ Committee.
Saricksâ€™sÂ citation will be presented at theÂ RUSAÂ Awards Reception, scheduled for 5 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 as a part of RUSAâ€™sÂ events at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The exact location of this event will be announced in late spring. For more information, visitÂ RUSAâ€™sÂ websiteÂ or theÂ Annual Conference website.