RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) Division
Know of a librarian worthy of a nod? Need some travel monies to help you get to Annual Conference in San Francisco? Have a research project in need of funding? RUSA has several monetary awards and grants looking for your nominations!
Achievement awards for individuals and groups:
- Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor, recognizes an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of reference librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $5,000* and a citation.
- NoveList’s Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award recognizes a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services. Sponsored by Novelist; $1,250* and a citation.
- Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons' reference needs. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $3,000* and a citation.
- John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system that 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. Sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, the winner receives a plaque.
- Reference Service Press Award recognizes the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal, during the preceding two-volume year. Sponsored by Reference Service Press; $2,500* prize and a plaque.
- BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $3,000* and a citation.
- Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries. The winner receives a citation.
- Zora Neale Hurston Award honors an individual ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature. Sponsored by HarperCollins; the winner receives $1,250* supporting travel to the ALA Annual Conference, a plaque, tickets to the ALTAFF Author Tea and a set of Hurston’s books in print with HarperCollins at the time of the award presentation.
- ABC-CLIO Online History Award recognizes an individual or group that has produced a 1) freely available online historical collection or, 2) an online tool assisting users in finding historical materials, or 3) an online teaching aid stimulating creative historical scholarship. Sponsored by ABC-CLIO; $2,500* and a citation.
- History Section Genealogical Publishing Company Award is presented to a librarian, library or publisher who is a RUSA member, and recognizes professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research librarianship. Sponsored by Genealogical Publishing Company; $1,500* and a citation.
- MARS “My Favorite Martian” Award is a citation presented annually in recognition of excellence in service to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section of RUSA. The winner receives a citation.
- RSS Service Achievement Award is presented annually to a member of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section. The winner receives a citation.
- Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award is given to an individual for his or her outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. Sponsored by OCLC; $2,000* and a citation.
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 Business Expert Press Award for Academic Business Librarians is presented to a new librarian in the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Business Expert Press; $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 byMorningstar, 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.
- RUSA History Section Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award is granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $2,500* and a citation.
- BRASS Emerald Research Grant, is presented to an individual or group seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. Sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing; $5,000* and a citation.
*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 www.ala.org, 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.
Leighann Wood (email@example.com)
Membership and Awards Coordinator, RUSA
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The NMRT Resume Review Service needs volunteers to work as booth greeters Saturday, June 28, from 10 am until noon. If you can volunteer for any of that time, we need your help! The booth greeters’ most important duty is to keep things running on time. They sign the reviewees in, escort them to their reviewer’s table, and remind them when their 30 minute appointment is over.
To volunteer follow this link: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/. Fill out the volunteer form and click “Submit.”
If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Co-chairs: Cheryl Blevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nicole Spoor (email@example.com), using “2014 Conference RRS Booth Greeter” in the subject line of your email. Thank you!
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Now that you’ve blocked out your meeting schedule, do you have an hour or two to volunteer as a resume reviewer or booth greeter at the ALA 2014 Annual in Las Vegas? The review service is very popular and there are always lots of people asking for help with their resumes and cover letters. We need your help to accommodate everyone! We are especially in need of booth greeters and Public and Special Libraries and School Media Specialists reviewers.
The NMRT Resume Review Service booth, located inside the ALA JobLIST Placement Center, in Hall N of the Las Vegas Convention Center, is open Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Appointments are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. The last appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes before closing each day.
To volunteer follow this link: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/. Fill out the appropriate form and click “Submit.”
If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Co-chairs: Cheryl Blevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nicole Spoor (email@example.com), using “2014 Conference RRS Volunteer” in the subject line of your email. Thank you!
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Distance Learning Section Discussion Group at Annual 2014
When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Bally’s Bronze 1
Add the meeting to your schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14682
Join the DLS Discussion Group for an informal discussion of the DLS Program “Leading from the Side” as it applies to distance learning at your library. Share your experiences as a distance librarian who leads through innovation and creativity. Discuss what you learned and how you envision applying it. Attendance at the DLS Program is not required to join us for this timely and important discussion.
NMRT RESUME REVIEW SERVICE AVAILABLE IN LAS VEGAS!
Appointments are now being accepted to have resumes or cover letters critiqued at the New Members Round Table Resume Review Service during the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Reviewers are available Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 – 5:00. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible but appointments are strongly encouraged. Appointments are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. The last appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes before closing each day. Questions can be directed to Cheryl Blevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nicole Spoor (email@example.com), and using “2014 Conference RRS Reviewee” in the subject line of your email.
Follow this URL: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/. In the upper left corner of the page, click on the link to the appointment request form, complete the requested information and click “Submit.” You will be contacted by return email.
The RUSA Publications and Communication Committee is currently accepting applications for volunteers to lead the transition and future directions of the RUSA Blog (http://blog.rusa.ala.org/ ). The focus of the RUSA Blog will be for contributors to share, discuss, and promote current trends in reference and user services. The Blog will be written by a team of columnists with a publishing schedule facilitated by a coordinator.
We are currently looking for:
(1) a blog coordinator
(2) a blog website coordinator
(3) columnists to contribute to the blog
Applications should be submitted no later than June 22, 2014.
Apply online: https://tamu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QemdrOkMOMyYn3
RUSA Blog Coordinator:
- Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and selecting four or more columnists with a variety of perspectives and sets publication schedule to ensure regular postings that represent a broad spectrum of ideas relevant to RUSA members and potential members.
- Edit articles for content, style, format and correct grammatical usage.
- Accepts, solicits, and selects requests for guest posts as needed
- Collaborates with Blog Website Coordinator, Publications and Communications Committee, and RUSA staff to ensure Blog meets RUSA branding standards.
- Serves ex-officio on RUSA Publications and Communications Committee
RUSA Blog Website Coordinator:
- Website Coordinator is responsible for maintaining Blog CMS, design, and functionality.
- Provides technical support to Blog Coordinator and columnists.
- Coordinates with RUSA Webmaster on the technical specifications and the integration of the RUSA Blog with RUSA News, RUSA Website, and social media.
- Collaborates with Blog Coordinator, Publications and Communications Committee, and RUSA staff to ensure Blog meets RUSA branding standards.
- Serves ex-officio on RUSA Publications and Communications Committee
- Writes and posts 6+ articles per year
- Serves as peer reviewer for other columnists as needed
- RUSA Member
The committee will accept applications for all positions thru June 22nd. The committee will conduct interviews after annual for the RUSA Blog and Website Coordinators. Once the Blog Coordinator is selected, that individual will lead the selection process for columnists.
In 2013, an Emerging Leader’s project created the blog “Chasing Reference”. This blog was a great way for members and new librarians to create content, share their experiences, and highlight trends within the profession. The Publications and Communications committee would like to see the blog continue and in order to do so a structure needs to be put in place in order to make the blog a sustainable project. Additionally, the current RUSA Blog has been rebranded as RUSA News with the RUSA office as the content creators which allows for the opportunity for a member driven blog.
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The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting resume reviewers and booth greeters for the ALA 2014 Annual in Las Vegas who are willing to volunteer to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters of those who are undergoing a job search in this challenging economic climate. The conference review service is free of charge to anyone. Librarians from all types of libraries and specializations are invited to volunteer. We are especially in need of Public, Special and School Media Specialists volunteers.
The NMRT Resume Review Service booth, located inside the ALA Placement Center, is open Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Appointment are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. The last appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes before closing each day.
If you wish to volunteer or have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Co-chairs: Cheryl Blevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nicole Spoor (email@example.com). Please use “2014 Conference RRS Volunteer” in the subject line of your email. Thank you!