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John Sessions Memorial Award Committee Report (2011)

RUSA (John) Sessions Memorial Award (Reference and User Services Association) (2011)

Committee Report

Members: Jannie R. Cobb (Chair), Susan Hurst, Yossi Gremillion (on 12/1/2010, withdrew from the committee due to health reasons)


Committee Charge

To administer an annual award recognizing a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by so doing has brought recognition to the community through the library of the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of this country.


Committee Work

The chair contacted the committee members on July 29, 2010, to begin the work of the committee.  On September 13, 2010, the committee approved the Call for Nominations document, the list of listervs to post to, and the Awards Committee Evaluation & Selection Work Sheet.  Three days later the Call for Nominations document had been sent to various library listervs including the public librarians, special librarians, and the community of industrial relations librarians lists.  Below are other lists to which the Call for Nominations was posted:


AFAS-L@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU -  African American Studies and Librarianship

ANSS-l   (ACRL) Anthropology and Sociology Section

BusLib   Business Librarians

BCALA@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU   -  The Black Caucus of the American Library Association

CALD@LISTSERV.LOYOLA.EDU  - Congress of Academic Library Directors of  Maryland List

colldv-l@vm.usc.edu - Academic Libraries College Division


H-Labor Discussion network

LPSS (ACRL Law and Political Science Section)

lm_net@listserv.syr.edu -- School Libraries   

YOUNG ADULT LIBRARIANS -- pubyac@nysernet.org

WALIS – Washington Area Labor Information Specialists

No nominations were received, so the committee reviewed previous applicants and selected the Russell Library in Middletown, Connecticut, for its Business & Career Programs.  The committee sees their Business and Career Programs as a valuable resource for the labor community and job seekers alike.  The fact that the library director has served on the Employment and Income Committee of the United Labor Agency further demonstrates the library’s effort to work with the labor community.  It is for these reasons that the Russell Library was selected to receive the 2011 John Sessions Memorial Award.  The award winner was contacted and informed of the date and time of the ceremony, including the schedule change.


Committee Suggestions

In order to increase the number of applicants for the award, the committee suggests that a monetary award in addition to the plaque be presented to the award winner.