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

Exceptional RSS members wanted for RUSA’s 2013 RSS Service Achievement Award

Do you know an outstanding RUSA Reference Services Section member deserving of national recognition? Nominate him or her for the 2013 Reference Services Section (RSS) Achievement Award. This award honors an RSS member’s contributions to the section. The recipient will be chosen based on either sustained contributions towards attaining the goals of RSS or a single significant contribution that has resulted in a positive impact upon the work of the section.

Please send your nomination detailing specifically how the nominee has met either of these criteria to Virginia Cole (, the award committee chair, by December 15.

Learn more about RUSA’s Reference Services Section.

Nominate an outstanding book reviewer for RUSA’s Louis Shores Award

Know someone(s) who should be recognized for their work in book reviewing?

RUSA is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Louis Shores Award. The deadline for all nominations is Dec. 15, 2012.

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

Recent past winners include:

  • Sarah L. Johnson, professor of library services at Eastern Illinois University and author of the blog Reading the Past.
  • Bill Ott, editor and publisher of Booklist magazine, was selected for his outstanding contributions to the field of reviewing.
  • Heather McCormack, managing editor of Library Journal’s Book Review section and creator and editor of Book Smack!
  • Blogging for a Good Book, Williamsburg Regional Library

For a nomination form and submission instructions go to

Contact Barry Trott, Louis Shores Award Committee Chair, btrott – at –

New issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly is now online!

Dear RUSA Members and RUSQ Subscribers,

Welcome to the first issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly, Volume 52.

As I take over as editor, I would like to once more thank Diane Zabel for six outstanding years at the helm of the journal. Her work, and the work of the RUSQ Board, column editors, and authors has set the bar high, and I look forward to the challenge.

In addition to the feature articles and continuing columns, this issue introduces a new column that I am excited about: “Taking Issues“.  This column focuses on dialog between librarians on important topics in reference librarianship.

I hope to hear from RUSQ readers about how we can make the journal valuable to your work. Please feel free to contact me with ideas and comments at

Barry Trott

Editor, RUSQ

Read the new issue now.


Below are some highlights of this quarter’s valuable content.


From the Editor: A Tough Act to Follow    Barry Trott

From the President of RUSA: Carnegie Awards: A New and Important Addition to the Book Scene    Mary Pagliero Popp

Taking Issues: Welcome to “Taking Issues”    Karen Antell and Molly Strothmann

Accidental Technologist: Librarians and Code Year    Eric Phetteplace with Andromeda Yelton, Guest Columnist

Readers’ Advisory: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello    Laurel Tarulli with Barry Trott, Guest Columnist

The Alert Collector: Polacek Sacred Books in English Translation    Kelly Myer with Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Guest Columnist

Information Literacy and Instruction: What They Didn’t Tell Me (or what I didn’t hear) in Library School: Perspectives from New Library Instruction Professionals    Lisa O’Connor with Julie Vanhoose, Bridget Farrell and Emily Rae Aldridge, Guest Columnists

Management: One Hundred and Eighty Years of Great Statistical Collections from the U.S. Census Bureau: A Retrospective    Marianne Ryan with Mark Anderson, Guest Columnist



Self-Service Holds in Libraries: Is Patron Privacy Being Sacrificed for Patron Convenience? Ruth S. Stevens, Patricia Bravender, and Caralee Witteveen-Lane

Professional Preparation for “Text a Librarian”. What Are the Requisite Competencies? Lili Luo



From the Committees of RUSA

•             Best Free Reference Websites MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section

•             RUSA Guidelines for Establishing Local History Collections Local History Committee of the History Section


•             Professional Materials Karen Antell, Editor

•             Reference Books Tammy J. Eschedor Voelker, Editor


Interested in submitting an article or contributing to RUSQ?  Guidelines and submission instructions can be found here.

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