Cooperative Remote Circulation (STARS/LLAMA-SASS)

The Committee hosted a panel discussion on consortial borrowing on Sunday, June 26th. Twenty-five attendees listened to speakers Randy Dykhuis (Midwest Collaborative for Library Services), Melissa Trevvett (Boston Library Consortium), and Peter Collins (BorrowDirect) discuss topics such as selecting a union catalog model vs. Z39.50 search, workflow efficiencies, communicating to patrons, and negotiating policies. Questions from attendees included loan period policies, how to choose a system, predicting and managing increased workload, and usability testing.

LLAMA SASS has approved a program for 2012 Annual; the focus will be something along the lines of “Sharing Our Collections: Future Trends.” A few program ideas were offered by people attending the panel: technology to create a single intelligent ILL request form that auto-routes the request to the appropriate service, getting library directors together to talk with each other about resource sharing/access policies, and managing membership in multiple consortial borrowing groups.

Kristina Eden, Outgoing Co-Chair

Education and Training Committee

The Committee will again sponsor the very popular workshop: “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ILL but Were Afraid to Ask” at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting at the Dallas Public Library. The speakers will be Megan Gaffney, Karen Janke, Cindy Kristof, and Collette Mak. OCLC will again provide refreshments, and Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) will handle registration.

Four YouTube videos featuring ILL librarians discussing different aspect of ILL have been filmed, with more to come. These videos are aimed at informing library school students about the opportunities in interlibrary loan since our field is rarely discussed in library education. The first set of videos will be vetted by MLS students and then released to the public in the near future.

The Committee will review the Atlas Mentoring Award to set selection and mentoring guidelines.

Margaret Bean, Outgoing Chair

Hot Topics Discussion Group

There were thirty-eight people who attended the Hot Topics Discussion Group meeting on Saturday, June 25th. Next year’s Chair, Naomi Chow, from the University of Hawaii, Manoa (, was introduced. The group voted in the new Chair-Elect, Troy Christenson, from Florida Atlantic University (

The following topics were covered:

  • Using email only to send and receive ILL requests vs. using Ariel or Odyssey.
  • Getting It System Toolkit (GIST), an easy method for making purchasing/acquisition decisions and orders instead of borrowing on ILL.
  • ILL statistics – what data do you save and how is it used?
  • ILL books on self-help shelves: yes or no?
  • ILL requests for e-content, borrowing and lending, and the effect on resource sharing.
  • ILL lending or borrowing statistics down and why?
  • Using Kindles, iPads, etc. for ILL: Are any doing this and how?
  • Obtaining/purchasing online “pre-published” article requests.
  • Experience using OCLC Knowledge Base?
  • Handling multiple ship-to addresses with a single OCLC symbol

Julia Gustafson, Outgoing Chair

Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group

About sixty-five people attended the ILL Discussion Group on Saturday, June 25th. Gerrit van Dyk and Jared Howland from Brigham Young University presented on licensing and lending for e-resources, and the presentation was followed by general discussion on many different topics. Ryan Litsey from Texas Tech University was elected as the incoming Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, and David Atkins has taken over as the ILL Discussion Group Chair for 2011-2012.

Megan Gaffney, Outgoing Chair

International Interlibrary Loan Committee

During its meeting at ALA Annual, the STARS International Interlibrary Loan Committee discussed plans for analyzing and presenting the data gathered in the survey it was conducting. The survey on international ILL, which closed on June 30th, was open to both U.S. and international libraries. Two Committee members, Heather Weltin and Tina Baich, submitted a paper proposal based on the survey for the Interlending & Document Lendins Serivces (ILDS) Conference to be held in Chicago in September. Plans for preparing the paper were discussed. Karen Janke provided an update on plans for the pre-conference social the Committee is hosting for the ILDS Conference. Marlayna Christensen completed her term as Chair of the Committee. Tina Baich will serve as the Chair for 2011-2012.

Tina Baich, Chair

Licensing and Legislation Committee

The Committee met at Annual on Saturday, June 25th. Topics discussed were:


  • The latest headlines and updates on licensing and legislation

Standardizing License Language

  • Why reinvent the wheel? Yale has created aLicensingStandardsWebsitewhich should be very useful for anyone looking to keep their license language standardized

Legislation Alert

○     There has already been an official response to theSTMStatementonResourceSharing practices by theAssociationofResearchLibraries (ARL) and theInternationalCoalitionofLibraryConsortia (ICOLC)

○     The group will draft a resolution and submit it to RUSA in support of the ARL response

Committee action items agreed upon include:

  • Continue to seek relevant news on legislation and post to ALA Connect
  • Create more of a presence for the Committee on ALA Connect
  • Stay in contact with the Vendor Relations Committee; talk to the vendors and ask them to attend the meeting to answer questions. Get input from the listserv about concerns and issues, obtain a report from the vendors, discuss within the Committee
  • Meet via teleconference more frequently
  • Keep constant vigilance over breaking news and post to the ALA Connect page

Joseph Sharpe, Chair

Membership Committee

The STARS Membership Committee met at ALA Annual as part of the STARS All Committee Meeting. The STARS welcome letter for new members has been sent to forty-three new members, and no responses have been received. The Committee decided changes were needed to the format and content of the letter. It was decided to shorten the letter, focusing on providing links to information posted on the STARS site. It was also decided to make the letter more personal by adding the names and contact information for all members of the Committee in the signature. The group also decided that a member of the Committee will send a follow-up email two weeks after the letter is sent, offering additional support and a personal contact in STARS.

The “5 Things a New Resource Sharing Librarian Should Know” were discussed and edited. The Committee is putting the final touches on content for what will soon be turned into a web page for new resource sharing librarians.

The Committee discussed initiating a mentoring program, matching a new STARS member with a mentor or “buddy.” The mentor would help the new member get involved in STARS, give them a contact person for questions, and provide a friendly face at STARS events come conference time.

Additional activities discussed were preliminary planning for a STARS Happy Hour for Anaheim in 2012, starting a recognition program for STARS members who make an extraordinary contribution, and a STARS “member of the month” initiative.

Nora Dethloff, Chair

Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee

The Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee developed a sixty-plus item checklist for libraries to use as a way to reflect on the resource sharing services they provide. The STAR Checklist was distributed beginning in February of 2011. A number of libraries have completed it and have qualified as Rethinking Resource Sharing STARS, including seventeen libraries belonging to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. They are listed on the RethinkingResourceSharingwebsite and have received certificates noting their achievement. In addition, a number of libraries in Australia completed the Checklist this spring and summer, many of which also qualified as Rethinking Resource Sharing STARS.

At ALA Annual, the Committee continued working on the next phase of the STAR Checklist. This involves transforming the Checklist from a simple list of items to a dynamic resource. The idea is to link each Checklist item to a relevant definition, example, or other resource. Linking practitioners to such information will enable greater understanding of any concept, best practice, technology, or other item mentioned in the Checklist that a library may not be engaged in. To this end, the Checklist will become a toolkit. A process for moving forward with this was discussed, and the Committee hopes to have completed the process by the end of summer. In addition, the Committee decided to begin offering STAR recognition for different levels of activity with Checklist items. Where before a library needed to be engaged in 80% or more of the items on the Checklist, the Committee is offering STAR recognition to libraries that are engaged in 60% or more, who will be awarded one star, 70% or more—two stars, 80% or more—three stars, and 90% or more—four stars.

The Committee also discussed its role in helping libraries that do not qualify as STARS or that are interested in learning more about how to engage in services, best practices, and other items noted on the Checklist. Committee members are committed to working with libraries that participate in the Checklist and are willing to offer advice and guidance in order to help libraries improve their resource sharing services.

Evan Simpson, Chair

Vendor Relations Committee

The Vendor Relations Committee has worked with Tony Melvyn of OCLC to have them supply lists for collection development: Top Serials and Books Loaned. The committee received these lists in late January and with OCLC’s permission has published them onunder the title OCLCsMostRequestedListsfor 2009-2010. We hope to receive periodic updates to these lists as well as a “most-unfilled” list.

Committee members are also reaching out to pertinent vendors such as OCLC, Atlas, Relais, etc. to engage them as participants in our meetings. We hope to have some of them in attendance at the Committee’s Midwinter meeting.

Becky Ringwelski, Chair

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