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Call for nominations: RUSA’s 2015 Achievement Awards deadline Dec. 14

RUSA is seeking nominations for its annual series of awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2014.

RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession.

Achievement awards for individuals and groups:

Travel awards to the ALA Annual Conference:

  • BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award presents funds to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $1,250* and a citation. This award’s nomination deadline is Feb. 8, 2015.
  • BRASS Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award is presented to a new librarian in the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. $1,250* and a citation.
  • Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award offers funds to a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Morningstar, Inc.; $1,250* and a citation.
  • STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring Award offers ALA Annual Conference travel assistance funds to a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing. Sponsored by Atlas Systems; $1,250* and a citation.

Research grants:

*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—access committee contact information by logging in at, then accessing the RUSA roster webpage—or to the RUSA headquarters staff.

More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found on RUSA’s awards webpage.

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Call for nominations: 2015 Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Louis Shores Award.

Library collections depend on the guidance of good reviewers. Reviewers, review editors, and bloggers, help librarians to make wise purchasing decisions and help us to guide our patrons to the best resources. The Louis Shores Award recognizes excellence in reviewing. The Louis Shores Award is awarded annually to an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization. To nominate your favorite reviewer or review source for the award, complete the nomination form and follow the submission guidelines therein.

The winner of the 2015 Louis Shores Award will be honored at the RUSA Awards Reception at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30, 2015.

The deadline for 2014 submissions is December 14th, 2014.

Questions can be directed to committee chair, Emily Hamstra,

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Midwinter Meeting

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Don’t miss what we have in store for you at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting!


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Announcing: Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service!

The Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announces Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service. These guidelines and best practices relating to financial literacy education in libraries are the result of a SPARKS! Grant awarded to RUSA by IMLS.

The purpose of these guidelines and best practices will facilitate the provision of financial literacy education in libraries nationwide.

Read the Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service.

Check out the Sept 25th, archived free webinar on the Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service here, which was presented by the BRASS members of the grant Working Team.

A very special thank you to the Advisory Group and Working Team!       

Advisory Group:                                                    Working Team:               

Ted Beck                                                                        Kit Keller

Lori Burgess                                                                 Chris Lebeau*

Judy Chapa                                                                   Elizabeth Malafi*

Kristin Eschenfelder                                                      Andy Spackman

Robert Ganem

Chris Lebeau*

Laura Levine

Elizabeth Malafi*

Kerwin Pilgrim

Adi Redzic

Dan Rutherford

John Spears

* Indicates serving on Advisory Group and Working Team

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