‘Tis the season!
The nomination period is now open for the many achievement awards and conference travel and research grants offered by theÂ Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
RUSA, which represents librarians and information service professionals in reference, collection development, adult readers’ advisory, genealogy, resource sharing and user services, is accepting nominations for the following 2014 awards. The deadline for all nominations is December 15, 2013, with the exception of the BRASS GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning Student Travel Award, which has a deadline of January 31, 2013. Award criteria, nomination forms and instructions for submissions are available at each of the awardâ€™s web pages below.
ProfessionalÂ Achievement Awards for Individuals and Groups
- TheÂ IsadoreÂ GilbertÂ MudgeÂ Award,Â RUSA’sÂ highest honor, recognizesÂ an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship. Sponsored byÂ GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning; $5,000 prize and a citation.
- Novelist’sÂ Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services AwardÂ recognizes a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services. The winner receives a citation and $1,250; sponsored byÂ EBSCO’sÂ Novelist.
- TheÂ BRASS GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning Award for Excellence in Business LibrarianshipÂ is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. Sponsored byÂ GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning; $3,000 prize and a citation.
- TheÂ GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library ServicesÂ is given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. Sponsored by GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning; $3,000 prize and a citation.
- TheÂ History Section Genealogical Publishing Company AwardÂ is presented to a librarian, library or publisher who is aÂ RUSAÂ member and recognizes professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship. Sponsored byÂ Genealogical Publishing Company; prize of $1,500 and a citation.
- TheÂ John Sessions Memorial AwardÂ 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. Supported by theÂ Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO; the winner receives a plaque.
- TheÂ Louis Shores AwardÂ 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 at theÂ RUSAÂ awards ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference.
- TheÂ Reference Service Press AwardÂ recognizes the most outstanding article published inÂ RUSQÂ during the preceding two-volume year. Sponsored byÂ Reference Service Press; $2,500 prize and a plaque.
- TheÂ Virginia Boucher/OCLCÂ Distinguished ILL Librarian AwardÂ is given to an individual for his or her outstanding professional achievement, leadership and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. Sponsored byÂ OCLC; $2,000 prize and a citation.
- TheÂ ZoraÂ NealeÂ HurstonÂ AwardÂ honors an individual ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature. Sponsored byÂ HarperCollins; the winner receives $1,250 supporting travel to the ALA Annual Conference, a plaque, tickets to the United for Libraries Author Tea event and a set ofÂ Hurstonâ€™sÂ books in print withÂ HarperCollinsÂ at the time of the award.
- TheÂ RSS Service Achievement AwardÂ is a citation presented annually to a Reference Services Section (RSS) member in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section.
- TheÂ MARS â€œMy Favorite Martianâ€ AwardÂ is a citation presented annually in recognition of excellence in service to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section.
Travel Grants to ALA Annual Conference
- TheÂ BRASS Business Expert Press Award for Academic Business LibrariansÂ is sponsored byÂ Business Expert PressÂ and is presented to a new librarian in the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. This award consists of $1,250 and a citation.
- TheÂ BRASS GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning Student Travel AwardÂ presents $1,000 and a citation to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel to the ALA Annual Conference. This awardâ€™s nomination deadline is Jan. 31, 2013. Sponsored byÂ GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning.
- TheÂ Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, sponsored byÂ Morningstar, Inc., offers $1,250 and a citation to support the attendance at Annual Conference of a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the conference.
- TheÂ STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring AwardÂ offers $1,250 and a citation to fund ALA Annual Conference travel expenses for a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing. Sponsored byÂ Atlas Systems.
- TheÂ History Section/GaleÂ CengageÂ History Research and Innovation AwardÂ consists of up to $2500 and a citation. This award is granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship. Sponsored byÂ GaleÂ CengageÂ Learning.
- TheÂ BRASS Emerald Research GrantÂ consists of one $5,000 award and a citation presented to an individual or group seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. This award is sponsored byÂ Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
More information about these awards, including nominating and submission instructions, can be found at theÂ RUSAÂ Awards Web page. 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 the committee chairperson or toÂ LeighannÂ Wood,Â RUSAÂ awards program coordinator atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUSAÂ is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about the association atÂ www.ala.org/rusa.