Archive for Achievement and Recognition

2015 Elections

The following RUSA members will be running for election for RUSA offices in the 2015 Elections. Please join me in thanking these members for agreeing to stand for election for an RUSA office. And be sure to vote in the Spring elections! Voting begins on March 24, 2015 through May 1, 2015 @ 11:59 PM CDT.

RUSA

VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

– Celia Ross
Associate Librarian, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI

– Anne Houston
Director of Teaching, Learning & Research, Smith College Libraries, Northampton, MA

 

SECRETARY

– Kelley Lawton
Head, East Campus Libraries, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

– Kate Oberg
College & Career Librarian, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA

 

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

– Jennifer C. Boettcher
Business Bibliographer, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

– Ed Garcia
Library Director, Cranston Public Library, Cranston, Rhode Island

– Kate Kosturski
Institutional Participation Coordinator, UK and Northern Europe, JSTOR/ITHAKA, New York, NY

– Mary Mintz
Associate Director for Outreach, American University Library, Washington, DC

DIVISION COUNCILOR

– Sarah J. Hammill
Distance Learning Librarian, Florida International University, Miami, FL

– David Lincove
History, Political Science, Public Affairs & Philosophy Librarian, Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, Ohio


BRASS

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Louise Mort Feldmann
Business Librarian, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, Colorado

– Michael R. Oppenheim
Business Research and Collections Librarian, Rosenfeld Management Library, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, Los Angeles, California


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Jared Michael Hoppenfeld
Business Librarian, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, Texas

– Penny Scott
Reference Librarian/Business Liaison, 2003-Present, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


CODES

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Daniel C. Mack
Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

– Joseph Yue
Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences and Reference Collections, Non-Governmental and International Organization Information, (US) State and Local Government Documents, University of California, Los Angeles, CA


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Jannie R. Cobb
Library Media Specialist, Oxon Hill Elementary School, Oxon Hill, MD

– Emily Hamstra
Learning Librarian, Kinesiology Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan

– Alicia Ahlvers
Collection Management Librarian, Henrico County Public Library, Henrico, Virginia

– Matthew J. Wayman
Head Librarian, 2008-Present, Ciletti Memorial Library, Penn State Schuylkill, Schuylkill Haven, PA


HISTORY

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Joshua Lupkin
Chief Bibliographer for the Humanities, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

– Christina Thompson Shutt
Public Services Librarian & College Archivist, Hendrix College, Conway, AR


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Olga Perkovic
Research and Advanced Studies Librarian, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

– Melissa Finley Gonzalez
Head of Reference, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

SECRETARY

– Helene Lafrance
Head of Instruction, Research, and Outreach, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

– Jennifer Eileen McElroy
Reference Specialist (2013 – present), Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.


MARS: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN REFERENCE SECTION

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Jones, Shannon D.
Assistant Director for Program Development and Resource Integration, Medical University of South Carolina Library, Charleston, SC

– McDonald, Courtney Greene
Head, Discovery & Research Services, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, IN


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Coleman, Jason
Undergraduate and Community Services Librarian, Kansas State University Libraries, Manhattan, Kansas

– Boatright, Beth
Information Services and Instruction Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN


RSS

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Amy Elizabeth Rustic
Associate Librarian/Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State University, New Kensington, PA

– Jason Gregory Kruse
Undergraduate Services Librarian, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Sally Dockter
Head, Reference & Research Services, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

– Ellen Keith
Director of Research and Access/Chief Librarian, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL


STARS

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Charla M. Gilbert
Director of Planning and Branch Operations, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

– Heidi Nance
Head, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services and Collection Management Services Strategic Projects Librarian, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Kerry Keegan
Customer Service Agent, Atlas Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Good luck, candidates!

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RUSA MARS section names Debbie Bezanson winner of service achievement award

The MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected the winner of the 2015 service achievement award.

The My Favorite Martian Award, which offers a citation to a member of the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section who has contributed exceptional service to the section, was given to Debbie Bezanson, associate university librarian for research and user services, George Washington University Libraries. She was selected for her tireless advocacy for the section and her service as a role model for collaborative teamwork and leadership.

“The MARS Achievement Award serves an important role in the community of dedicated librarians that contribute to MARS. This award honors the service and contributions of our most outstanding members,” said section Chair Stephanie Graves. “Recipients have served selflessly to bring high quality programming and services to the MARS community and the library profession. This award recognizes the hours of labor and leadership that recipients have dedicated to our section.”

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RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section selects achievement award and grant winners

The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA has selected the winners of the 2015 achievement awards, research and travel grants that recognize the profession’s most exceptional librarians, libraries and projects involving business reference services today.

The Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award, which consists of a citation and $1,250, is awarded to an individual new to the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. Grace Liu, business reference librarian at the University of Maine, was selected as this year’s recipient.

The Emerald Research Grant Award, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing, consists of one $5,000 grant awarded to an individual or team seeking funding support to conduct research in business librarianship. Jason Dewland, assistant librarian and Cindy Elliott, engineering and innovation librarian, University of Arizona were selected for their study, “Review of Research Methods Employed by Start-Ups,” which will identify networks of new businesses that can be targeted for data collection and to identify the research practices and information needs of new start-up businesses.

The Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, offers $3,000 to a librarian providing outstanding business reference services. Peter Z. McKay, business librarian, University of Florida is this year’s winner for his innovative development of online business collection development, instructional resources, service to BRASS and his invaluable contributions to the profession.

The Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, offers $1,250 in travel funds to the ALA Annual Conference and a one year BRASS membership to a student in an accredited MLIS program. Sara F. Hess, MLIS candidate, University of Michigan School of Information, was named as this year’s recipient.

The Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, sponsored by Morningstar, offers $1,250 to a public librarian providing business reference services so they may attend the ALA Annual Conference. Barbara Alvarez, business liaison librarian, Barrington Area Library (Illinois) was selected for her extensive range of activities in support of the local business community, including one-on-one appointments to assist business professionals and entrepreneurs, podcasts, as well as maintaining a business blog and a SlideShare account with business database tutorials.

“Congratulations to this year’s BRASS award winners. We look forward to celebrating with them in June at the RUSA Awards Reception. I would like to sincerely thank the members of our award committees for their hard work in selecting the winners and to all of our generous sponsors for their support,” said BRASS Chair Todd Hines. “We know that vendors have many options for spending their outreach money and we are extremely appreciative to the BRASS award sponsors: Gale Cengage Learning, Emerald Group Publishing and Morningstar.”

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RUSA’s History Section names winners of projects for excellence in historical and genealogical research

The History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has named the winners of three achievement awards which honor outstanding service and contributions to the fields of historical and genealogical research.

“Quality historical research takes many forms in this modern age. The History Section’s achievement awards seek to identify and promote the authors, researchers and projects of some of the best historical collections and bibliographies on the Internet and in print,” said Jenny Presnell, Chair of the History Section. “Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you to the members of the award committees for your hard work and to our sponsors, for their generous and continued support.”

The Gale Cengage Learning History Research and Innovation Award, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, offers $2,500 and a citation to a librarian in need of funds to facilitate and/or further research in history or historical librarianship. David J. Gary, Kaplanoff Librarian for American History, Yale University Library was selected as this year’s winner for his project “Toward a Sociology of Knowledge: The History of Acknowledgment Pages in American History Monographs,” which will “take thousands of acknowledgement pages from e-books and hand-selected acknowledgements since 2000 and use the methodology of the digital humanities to analyze them en masse,” said Gary.

The ABC-CLIO Online History Award, a bi-annual award of $2,500 sponsored by ABC-CLIO, recognizes the accomplishments of a person or a group of people producing (1) a freely available online historical collection, or (2) an online tool tailored for the purpose of finding historical materials, or (3) an online teaching aid stimulating creative historical scholarship. Joanne Murray,Historian and Director, The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, was selected for her work as Principal Investigator of the online history project called “Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians.”
The first runner up was Jason Roe for “The Civil War on the Western Frontier”; the second runner up was Robin Katz for TeachArchives.org.

The Genealogical Publishing Company Award, sponsored by Genealogical Publishing Company, offers $1,500 and a citation to a librarian or library in recognition of their professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research. Michael Kirley, retired librarian from Los Angeles Public Library History & Genealogy Department after 39 years of service (1970-2009) was chosen for single-handedly building the Genealogy Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library, which consists of more than 50,000 volumes of individual family histories in addition to more than 2,500 circulating books about genealogical research, heraldry and related subjects.

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