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Nominations Deadline for RUSA Achievement Awards Extended to 2/15

(via RUSA)

The deadline to submit nominations for Achievement Awards has been extended to February 15, 2019.

RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose outstanding contributions merit recognition by the profession. RUSA has, and will continue to, nominate, select and honor the very best in the field of reference and user services with the continued support of industry sponsors. Here are some achievement recognition awards for individuals and groups. (Please click on each category for a link to the awards that fall under it, including instructions for nominating someone.) The full list of awards is also available here.

RUSA Division Level Awards

BRASS Awards

CODES Awards

ETS Award

History Section Awards

RSS Award

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.


The annual RUSA STARS Publication Recognition Award Sponsored by Atlas Systems is $1440* and a citation presented to librarians or library staff to highlight and encourage excellence in publication in STARS (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section) areas, including interlibrary loan, document delivery, remote circulation, access services, cooperative reference, cooperative collection-development, remote storage and other shared library services.

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(via the American Library Association)

John Price Wilkin, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the 2019 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Wilkin will receive a cash award and citation during an ALCTS event at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

“John Price Wilkin exemplifies the spirit of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award through leadership, risk taking, and innovation,” said Bruce Johnson, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Committee chair and former senior library information systems specialist at the Library of Congress. “John was an early adopter of structured markup languages such as SGML and XML in his work at the University of Michigan as head of the Humanities Text Initiative and head of digital library production service, providing access to digital texts as well as a means for searchability and textual analysis. This work later inspired online publishing efforts at other institutions, including the California Digital Library.”

“John led the Mellon-funded Making of America project, and early groundbreaking effort to digitize 19th-century books, and then built upon this experience to help launch JSTOR,” continued Johnson. “He managed the partnership with Google to digitize the University of Michigan’s collection, eventually leading to the foundation of the HathiTrust. As executive director of the HathiTrust, John established a model for shared governance and large-scale collaboration that secured sharing provisions for member libraries.”

“In his current role as university librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John continues to lead innovation efforts, particularly in the area of research data curation,” noted Johnson. “All of these achievements have had far-reaching impact in the library profession and beyond, providing a foundation for transformation in publishing, research, and unprecedented access to digital content.”

Wilkin received his B.A. in Literature and English from Antioch College, his M.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and his M.L.S. from the University of Tennessee.

The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of the American Library Association: the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.

For more information regarding the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are excited to announce that nominations for the 2019 ILA Awards and applications for the 2019 Scholarships are now open!

The ILA awards program recognizes excellence in librarianship and library service in Illinois. The ILA scholarships are designated to help and encourage the pursuit of education in librarianship.

The deadline for awards and scholarships is May 15, 2019. For more information, criteria and eligibility please visit Awards and Scholarships<> on the ILA website. If you have any questions, contact us at<>.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Join us at the 30th annual Reaching Forward Conference! 
Every year, Reaching Forward features the best original content and ideas for all levels of library professionals. And this year is no exception, with session topics ranging from how to manage significant change, deal with bias, creating a work-life balance, best practices for effective communication to engagement with homeschoolers, kindergarten readiness, how to host a patron appreciation week, and much more!

The popular Performers’ Showcase will run throughout the conference, featuring performers for children and adults that can be booked for library events.

The Early Bird registration rate is $150 until April 19; the rate increases to $165 after that date. Registration includes morning coffee, a plated lunch, and a full day of programming. For group registration or questions regarding registration, please e-mail

To register, please go here.

Reaching Forward Awards
Two awards are presented during the Reaching Forward Conference, the Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant and the Robert Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff. You may submit nominations for yourself or for a colleague. A panel of judges from the Reaching Forward Committee will be responsible for choosing the recipients. Supporting reasons for the nomination of a candidate must be provided. Nominations are now open for both awards and the deadline to nominate is March 31.

The Oberman and Rich Reaching Forward Conference Grant recognizes the contributions of a support staff member to the library community and the role of support staff in libraries. The recipient will receive free registration to the current year Reaching Forward Conference, an overnight stay at the Reaching Forward conference hotel, $50 for expenses, and a framed certificate.

The Robert Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff encourages ILA membership and support staff attendance at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. The recipient will receive a one-year ILA membership and full registration and expenses to attend the ILA Annual Conference, up to $800, and a framed certificate.

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(via Karen Janke, Erikson Institute)

I have a modification to make in the link provided to access the nomination form.

The first time you visit, you should use this link:

You’ll be asked to log in with your ALA id/password, then be taken to the nomination form submission site.

Future logins should work from the original link.

Complete award information can be found at

The American Library Association seeks nominations for the Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award. This award recognizes and honors an individual 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 award consists of $2,000 plus a citation.

The candidate must have been employed in a library and held some responsibility for his or her institution’s ILL, document delivery, or resource sharing services at the time the contribution(s) being honored was made. Contributions supporting a nomination must have occurred during the last two years prior to the nomination deadline. The candidate’s achievement must be demonstrated in at least one of the following areas:

1.       Planning and implementing an innovative or pioneering approach to ILL/document delivery service that is recognized as a model on a regional or national level.

2.       Notable publication, such as an article, book, or conference paper, which is deemed significant in the literature of the field, and was published in the two years prior to the candidate’s nomination.

3.       A record of sustained, recognized, and exceptional participation in regional, national, or international associations devoted to the promotion of ILL/document delivery in a library environment.

Self-nominations are permitted. Previous nominees who were not selected are welcome to reapply.

How to apply or nominate someone:

Use the Award Submission system to complete an online nomination form:

You will be asked to upload these two documents (see below)

1.       Nomination letter, describing the ways in which the nominee has made a significant contribution to ILL. Letter should address some or all of the following: publications, leadership, measurable effectiveness of programs, influence on others, and creative and innovative concepts.

2.       Resume detailing the candidate’s career, achievements and contribution to the field.

Nominations are due by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Additional information can be found at

Please direct any questions to committee chair Karen Janke at<><>

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(via Dr. Carol Leibiger, University of South Dakota)

This is a reminder that the E.A. Gleason Library History Book Award Call for Nominations ends on January 15.

The American Library Association Library History Roundtable (LHRT) Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award Committee is seeking nominations from members, authors, and publishers for this award.

The Eliza Atkins Gleason Award is named for Eliza Gleason (1909-2009) who was the first African American to earn the Ph.D. in library science (from the University of Chicago). Her highly acclaimed book, The Southern Negro and the Public Library, (Chicago, IL., University of Chicago Press, 1941) traced the history of library services to African Americans. The award is presented by LHRT every third year to recognize the best book written in English in the field of library history, including the history of libraries, librarianship, and information science.

Books bearing a date of publication from the previous three years, (i.e., between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018) are eligible for nomination. Bibliographies and edited collections will not be considered. Entries are judged on quality of scholarship, clarity of style, depth of research, and ability to place research findings in a broad social, cultural, and political context. Before submitting a nomination, please contact the chair to see if the book has already been nominated.  Letters of Nomination are due on January 15, 2019, and should be sent to:

Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award

c/o Dr. Carol Leibiger, Chair

130B I.D. Weeks Library

University of South Dakota

414 E. Clark St.

Vermillion, SD 57069

Voice: (605) 658-3383


Publishers should send five sample copies of a nominated book for distribution to the Committee; the Committee Chair will solicit sample copies of books nominated by individuals. All nominations will be confirmed by email. The Gleason Award Committee, a subcommittee of the Research Committee of the Library History Round Table, serves as jury for the award. The members of the 2016 Gleason committee are Dr. Carol Leibiger (chair), Dr. Anthony Bernier, Dr, Allison Kaplan, Dr. Jennifer Burek Pierce, Dr. Carole Nowicke, and Danielle Alderson.  The winner will be announced in a press release on or about June 1st, 2019. Certificates honoring the author and publisher of the Gleason Book Award winner will be presented at an LHRT event during the 2019 ALA conference in Washington, DC.

Previous Winners:

•             2016 Cheryl Knott, University of Arizona-Tucson for the book Not for Free, Not for All (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015).

•             2013 Christine Pawley, University of Wisconsin-Madison for the book Reading Places:  Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America(Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010).

•             2010David Allan, University of St. Andrews, for the book A Nation of Readers: The Lending Library in Georgian England,(London: British Library, 2008).

•             2007Carl Ostrowski, for the book Books, Maps, and Politics: a Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1783-1861, (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2004).

•             2004Louise Robbins, University of Wisconsin-Madison for the book The Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown: Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000).

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ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Funding Available

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

In 2019, ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee is continuing to offer funding to members doing work on academic library contributions to student learning and success. Both the Academic Library Impact Research Grants and the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships build on recommendations from ACRL’s 2017 report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared for ACRL by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase).

The Academic Library Impact Research Grants support new research, particularly in the six priority areas suggested by the Academic Library Impact report. ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals employed in academic and research libraries to apply for funding for research on library contributions to student learning and success. Each proposed project should aim to build on the foundations of the Academic Library Impact report and fill gaps in existing literature. In this round of grants, the committee would particularly welcome proposals related to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The grants are for up to $3,000 for research, with successful recipients eligible to apply for up to $1,500 in additional funding for dissemination of their findings. Applications are due April 25, 2019.

The VAL Travel Scholarships support practicing librarians and information professionals presenting their work at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach audiences outside the library field. The presentations may focus on practice-based work or formal research projects. Each scholarship is worth up to $2000 and covers transportation, accommodation, and conference registration fees. Applications for the current round of scholarships are due February 15, 2019.

“We are delighted to offer these opportunities to researchers in the field,” says Value of Academic Libraries Committee Chair Holly Mercer. “Academic libraries can have many positive effects on student learning and these grants and scholarships allow librarians to explore and share the impact of their work.”

More information on the Academic Library Impact Research Grants and Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships is available on the ACRL website.

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(via Dr. Emily Knox, iSchool at UIUC)

The Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society (Beta Phi Mu) is pleased to announce a new category of membership in its society, Professional Memberships. This membership category is intended for those who meet all requirements for Regular Membership (GPA of at least 3.75 upon graduation from an ALA-accredited or approved LIS program, and professional recommendations), but for whatever reason did not join at the point of graduation.

Applicants for Professional Membership are also asked to provide evidence of their contributions to the field of library and information science. There is a one-time, lifetime membership fee of US$150. More information about this new category of membership, and a link to the application form, can be found at:

Beta Phi Mu, established in 1948, is a formal Affiliate of the American Library Association and has been a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) since 1969. The ACHS provides recognition for legitimate college and university honor societies, setting standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility. Many ACHS-certified honor societies offer professional memberships or similar membership categories. The Beta Phi Mu Executive Board approved adding this membership category at their April, 2018 board meeting and the by-laws changes necessary for formalizing this change were ratified by the Beta Phi Mu membership on the May, 2018 ballot.

Interested LIS professionals and LIS faculty members are encouraged to visit the Beta Phi Mu website for more information, or to contact Beta Phi Mu Headquarters with any questions they may have.

For more information:
Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society:
Beta Phi Mu Membership Information:

Alison Lewis, Executive Director, Beta Phi Mu – 267-361-5018

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(via Rodney Lippard, University of South Carolina Aiken)

Does your library have exciting, innovative ways to train your patrons about information technology?

The ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award honors an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The annual award consists of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.  All types of libraries are welcome to apply!

The 2018 award winner was the NCSU Libraries in Raleigh, N.C. for their active learning centered Emerging Digital Information Skills workshops which addressed a previously unmet need for instruction in areas like data science, visualization, virtual reality, digital media production, fabrication and introduced students and researchers to tools such as Tableau, Web VR frameworks, Jekyll, 3D printing and R programming.  Sessions gave a conceptual overview of the technology or process, provided a structured hands-on experience where participants learned by doing, and allowed time for participants to apply that learning through open-ended exploration and play.

Nominations should address the selection criteria, which “include the benefit to clients served; benefit to the technology information community; impact on library operations; public relations value; and the impact on the perception of the library or librarian in the work setting and to the specialized and/or general public.”

ALA is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Library of the Future Award:  The online application is to be submitted to ALA by February 1, 2019.  For additional information, contact Rene Erlandson, Award Jury Chair,<> or Cheryl Malden, ALA Governance Office,<>.

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(via Dr. Clarence Maybee, Purdue University)

The ACRL Instruction Section Awards Committee is seeking nominations for its awards.

Innovation Award

Do you know of, or were you involved in, a project at an academic/research library that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming? Now’s your chance to boast about it to the world!  Past awards have recognized well-known programs and initiatives such as the WASSAIL Information Literacy Assessment Project, the Guide on the Side software, the New Literacies Alliance project, and the 23 Framework Things.

Read an interview with the 23 Framework Things team, the 2018 Innovation Award winner. More information about the Innovation Award and the nominating process can be found at  Award recipients receive a $3,000 prize sponsored by EBSCO Information Services.

Nominations are due Friday, December 7. Please email nomination packets to the IS Awards Vice-Chair, Clarence Maybee at

Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award
Did you write, or do you know someone who wrote an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years? This is your chance to let us know about it! Eligible publications include journal articles, books, book chapters, and published proceedings. Submitted publications may be authored by one or more individuals, a group, organization, or committee.

Read an interview with Jennifer Nutefall, the 2018 Rockman recipient.  More information about the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award and the nominating process can be found at  The winner(s) of this award will receive a plaque and a $1000 prize sponsored by Carrick Enterprises.

Nominations are due Friday, December 7.  Please send your questions and submissions to the IS Awards Chair, Jo Angela Oehrli at

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