Category: Awards


STARS is excited to report on the success of the RUSA Award Banquet at this year’s ALA Annual. Cyril Oberlander, the director of Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo, was recognized for his exceptional contributions to resource sharing and received the Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Librarian Award on Sunday, June 24. This award recognizes a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery through recent publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional associations, and/or innovative approaches to practice in individual libraries. The banquet was attended by the Executive Board Members, the Committee Chair, and Cyril’s family and friends.

RSS Service Achievement Award

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Lisa R. Horowitz, Assessment Librarian, Administrative Services & User Experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, is the 2012 winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s Reference Services Section (RSS) Service Achievement Award.

Horowitz was selected for her sustained contributions to RSS since its founding. She provided excellent section leadership and played a major role in developing the mission and vision of the section. As Chair-Elect (2006-07) and later as Chair (2007-08) of the section, her leadership was evident in conducting meetings, guiding the sections committees and discussion groups as well as fostering a strong relationship with both the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section of RUSA, as well as the division at large.

In addition to her strong leadership record, Horowitz has participated in some of the significant work of the section: she was part of the group that worked on the new Definition of Reference —one of the core statements in the profession of reference librarianship—from 2002 up through the definitions approval in 2008. She also played a key role in the Management of Reference Committee when the Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers were revised, and helped solidify a fundamental component of reference service today. She has also made substantial contributions to the five-year section review, which has helped RSS continue to grow and evolve.

Horowitz will receive her citation at the RUSA Awards Reception, scheduled for 5:00-6:30 PM Sunday, June 24 Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Sequia South Ballroom D, as a part of RUSA’s events at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The exact location of this event will be announced in late spring. For more information, visit RUSA’s website or the Annual Conference website.

Liane Taylor, RSS Chair; RSS Recognition Committee


Vicki Bloom, Editor


During the RUSA Annual Awards event several CODES awards were presented and several members of CODES won awards. The CODES awards presented included The Dartmouth Medal (presented by Barbara Bibel), The Louis Shores Award (presented by Megan McArdle), The Sophie Brody Medal (presented by Edward Kownslar), and The Zora Neale Hurston Award (presented specially by Zora Neale Hurston’s niece). CODES winners included Joyce Saricks who won the Margaret E. Monroe Award and Diane Zabel who won the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award. Congratulations to everyone involved with CODES awards from the hard working committees, the talented authors, and our outstanding member-winners.

2011 RUSA Award Winners

Congratulations 2011 RUSA Award Winners!

This year’s RUSA achievement award winners were celebrated at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception in New Orleans. Photos from the event are available via ALA’s Flickr account. It was a lively event with delicious hors d’oeuvres and Mardi Gras beads aplenty. In addition to offering a hearty congratulations to this year’s winners, we’d like to say thank you to the sponsoring organizations that make these awards possible, and also to the committees who spent hours reviewing candidates and selecting the winners.

STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring Award
Awarded to one library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves this is a need-based cash award of $1,000 for travel expenses to attend the ALA annual conference.

Micquel Little
Committee: Collette G. Mak (Chair), Charles William Gee, Mary Hollerich, Karen L. Janke

BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award
$1,000 monetary prize awarded to fund travel to and attendance at the Annual Conference to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program. The award also includes a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.

Danielle Salomon
Committee: Doreen J. Harwood (Chair), Carol L. Anderson, Naomi E. Hafter, Garrett Trott, Eve M. Wider

BRASS Emerald Research Grant Awards
Two grants of $5,000 each awarded to support to conduct research in business librarianship.

Diane K. Campbell & Ronald G. Cook
Peter Jacso

Committee: Todd M. Hines (Chair), Louise M. Feldmann, Greg Fleming

John Sessions Award (labor)
In recognition of a library or library system which 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 the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO.

Russell Library, Business & Career Programs
Committee:  Jannie R. Cobb (Chair), Yossi Gremillion, Susan Hurst

MARS My Favorite Martian Award
Awarded annually in recognition of excellence in service to MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section.

Linda S. Keiter
Committee: Kimberley N. Vassiliadis (Chair), Stephanie J. Graves, Shannon D. Jones, M. Kathleen Kern

RSS Achievement Award
Awarded annually to a Reference Services Section (RSS) member in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section.

Susan A. Ware
Committee: XXX


Recognition of Reference & User Services Quarterly Reviewers

The reviewing of reference books and professional materials is an important professional contribution.  We are pleased to honor the following individuals who have made considerable contributions to the “Sources” section of Reference & User Services Quarterly.

The following reviewers of reference books reached a reviewing milestone.  With their contributions to volume 50, they have each written at least 10 reviews for Reference & User Services Quarterly since volume 40.

Evan M. Davis, Librarian, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Suzanne Larsen, Interim Associate Director for Public Services, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Boulder, Colorado

Bernadette A. Lear, Behavioral Sciences and Education Librarian, Penn State Harrisburg Library, Middletown, Pennsylvania

We recognize the following reviewers of professional materials for their notable contributions:

Larry Cooperman, Adjunct Librarian, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Sarah Hart, Information Services Librarian, Children’s Services, Brampton Library, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Katy Herrick, Children’s Librarian, Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas

Mike Matthews, Head of Serials, Media & Interlibrary Loan Services, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Margie Ruppel, Reference Librarian, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Jenny Foster Stenis, Coordinator, Children’s Services, Pioneer Library System, Norman, Oklahoma

Rachel Vacek, Head of Web Services, University of Houston Libraries, Houston, Texas

Melanie Wachsmann, Reference/Teen Librarian, Lone Star College Cy Fair Branch, Cypress, Texas

Lisa Powell Williams, Adult Services Coordinator, Moline Public Library, Moline, Illinois


Reference Service Press Award
Recognizes the most outstanding article published in RUSQ during the preceding two-volume year.

Jenny S. Bossaller, Denice Adkins and Kim Michelle Thompson

for “Describing Vernacular Literacy Practices to Enhance Understanding of Community Information Needs: A Case Study with Practical Implications” (RUSQ 49:1, Fall 2009)
Committee: Robert H. Kieft (Chair), Kay A. Cassell, Dr. Sara M. Rofosky Marcus

Dartmouth Medal
This medal honors the creation of a reference work or resource of outstanding quality and significance.

Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and the online Berg Fashion Library (Oxford University Press)
Committee: Barbara M. Bibel (Chair), Drew F. Alfgren, Christina S. McGowan, Theresa Mudrock, Jack O’Gorman, Teresa Portilla Omidsalar, Jason A. Reuscher, David A. Tyckoson, Sarah Barbara Watstein

Sophie Brody Medal
Awarded to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.

Judith Shulevitz, The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time (Random House)

Honorable Mention: Eshkol Nevo, Homesick (Dalkey Archive)
Committee: Carol Gladstein (Chair), Jack Forman, Asia Gross, Andrea Kempf, Edward Kownslar, Ellen Loughran, Kaite Mediatore Stover, Katharine Phenix, Miriam Tuliao

Zora Neale Hurston Award
Awarded to an ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature. Sponsored by HarperCollins.

Theresa Venable
Committee: Cynthia Crosser (Chair), Amy Harmon

Louis Shores Award
A citation that recognizes excellence in book and other media reviewing for libraries.

Bill Ott
Committee: Megan M. McArdle (Chair), Christine E. King, Kaite Mediatore Stover, Corrine C. Syster

Genealogical Publishing Company/History Section Award
Citation and $1,500 cash awarded to a librarian or library in recognition of their professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research.

Mary K. Mannix
Committee: David A. Lincove (Chair), Brooke A. Becker, William D. Buckner, Jennifer Daugherty, Mr. Thomas Jay Kemp

Gale Cengage Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship
Citation and $3,000 cash awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship.

Nicolette Warisse Sosulski
Committee: Penny L. Scott (Chair), Bobray J. Bordelon, Jr., Irwin D. Faye, Penny L. Scott, Susan Shultz

Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award
Awards $1,000 in travel funds for ALA’s Annual Conference to a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the conference.

Suzanne J. Kaller
Committee: Patricia E. Kenly (Chair), Pinar Arcan, Naomi E. Hafter

Gale Cengage Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services
Citation and $3,000 monetary award presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs.

Government and Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina
for NCPedia

Committee: Michael Levine-Clark (Chair), Larayne J. Dallas, Michael Levine-Clark, Carol Lynn Schuetz, Kathy Tomajko

Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award
Citation and $2000 award recognizing a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. Sponsored by OCLC.

Edwin F.  Rivenburgh
Committee:  Amy Rebecca Paulus (Chair), Barbara B. Coopey, Robin Moskal, Amy Rebecca Paulus, Cherie’ L. Weible, Martha Cheatham Yancey

Margaret Monroe Award
Citation presented to a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services.

Joyce Saricks
Committee: Allan Martin Kleiman (Chair), Shelley Quezada, Loriene Roy

Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award
$5,000 and a citation awarded to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

Diane Zabel
Committee: Charles B. Thurston (Chair), Julia M. Gelfand, Joanne M. McIntyre, Charles B. Thurston, David A. Tyckoson, Eve M. Wider


Our awards are made possible with generous support from the following sponsoring organizations.

Atlas Systems

Gale Cengage Learning

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

Reference Service Press


Genealogical Publishing Company