Virginia Boucher Award: Recognize a distinguished interlibrary loan librarian

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is seeking nominations for the annual Virginia Boucher Award, sponsored by OCLC.

This award recognizes a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery.  The award consists of $2,000 plus a citation.

Nominations must be received by December 15, 2012.  Self-nominations are welcome! You can download the nomination form (PDF) here.  A complete application will include this form; a resume detailing the nominee’s career and outstanding contributions to the field; and a letter of recommendation. For complete information about the criteria for this award, please visit the award page.

Questions and nominations can be directed to Megan Gaffney, 2012-2013 Boucher Award Committee Chair, at

Submit now for 2013 John Sessions Award honoring libraries serving labor community

Consider submitting a nomination today for the John Sessions Memorial Award–an annual award presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). The nomination period for the 2013 award is open through Dec. 15, 2012.

The John Sessions Memorial Award 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. Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.

Last year’s winner, the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, was recognized for its notable contributions to the field of Labor Studies including the book “San Francisco Labor Landmarks Guide Book”; several online exhibits, including one entitled “Look for the Union Label: A Celebration of Union Logos and Emblems”; and a 25th anniversary celebration that included the program “Sympathetic”, which honored the experience of those who witnessed and participated in the funeral march for two workers killed during the 1934 Pacific Maritime Strike.

The award committee selected the Center for its efforts to educate the community on the accomplishments of labor through its public programs, publications, exhibitions, and oral history project.  These resources and the Center’s outreach efforts illustrate their commitment to preserving and highlighting the history of labor.

The 2013 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 27- July 2, 2013.  To nominate a library or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Susan Hurst,, 513-529-4144.


Aspiring business librarians wanted for conference travel grant: RUSA’s BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award

Are you an aspiring business librarian or do you know someone who is?

The BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award is a $1000 cash award given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.  Applicants should have demonstrated interest in a career as a business reference librarian, and a potential to be a leader in the profession as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and publications.

Applications for the 2013 Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel are being accepted until January 31, 2013. You can download the nomination form here.

Please send the complete nomination packet in electronic format to the Committee Chair, Todd Hines at, with the subject line: 2013 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award.

Nominate an outstanding library or library system for RUSA’s Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

Do you know of a deserving library or library system that provides exceptional reference and adult services? Nominations for RUSA’s Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services are being accepted until December 15, 2012.

Many libraries and library systems are meeting patrons’ needs using innovative resources, however, they can’t be honored by RUSA unless you take the time and effort to nominate them.  In addition to national recognition at Annual Conference, the winner receives a citation and $3,000, which can serve as seed money for future projects or to extend the influence of the winning entry.

Recent past winners include a wide variety of public libraries, universities, and special libraries–review a list of past winners at the award webpage.

The satisfaction that you’ll get from nominating a colleague is a great feeling! Download the nomination form here.

Please direct your questions to:
Charles Thurston, 2012-2013 Chair