2003 Reference and User Services Association Award Winners Announced. (RUSA Update)

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The RUSA awards recognize outstanding achievement by members of the library profession. These awards honor librarians, publishers, libraries, and authors for significant current or past achievements such as publications, program development, and leadership in the profession. The 2003 recipients are listed below:

(Virginia) Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

Mary A. Hollerich, associate director for access services, Pritzker Legal Research Center, Northwestern University, is the 2003 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian Award recipient. The Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Award recognizes and honors a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and contributions to ILL and document.

The award is named for Virginia Boucher, Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder and former ILL librarian whose significant contributions and leadership enhanced the field of interlibrary loan. The cash award of $2,000 and citation are donated by OCLC, Online Computer Library Center. The award and citation are administered by MOUSS.

"Mary Hollerich is dedicated to the support of interlibrary loan as an integral part of library services," stated Franca C. Rosen, chair of the award committee. "She is an interlibrary loan activist who through her commitments and contacts with professional associations promotes the full potential of interlibrary loan services to libraries and their administrators. Her leadership has brought attention to the need for better training, technological innovations, and organization commitment to ensure the most effective sharing of resources to best serve the needs of library patrons."

The Dartmouth Medal

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, published from 1977-2002 by Routledge, a member of the Taylor and Francis Group, is the 2003 recipient of the Dartmouth Medal. The medal, donated by Dartmouth College, is given for creating current reference works of outstanding quality and significance.

"This unique and thoroughly researched resource provides a dynamic and in depth perspective on world music," said Teresa Portilla Omidsalar, award committee chair. "It strikes a balance between wonderful illustrations and comprehensive, scholarly entries. Each regional volume includes a CD sampler of that region's music. This source will have wide appeal to both the novice and expert."

Dun and Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award

Bryce Thornton, business reference assistant, Hoover (Ala.) Public Library, is the recipient of the 2003 Dun and Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award.

The citation and $1,000 travel award is sponsored by Dun and Bradstreet to support attendance at the ALA Annual Conference of a business librarian who works in a public library. The award is based on service to the community and on demonstration of need.

"Bryce Thornton is only the fourth recipient of the Dun and Bradstreet Public Librarian Award," stated Susan Wolf Neilson, chair of the award committee. "Thornton has been an essential part of his library's successful partnership with the business community in Hoover as he helped create and develop the Business/Law area of a newly expanded library. He implements important programs for the community in subjects such as small business, career planning and in using business resources. Thornton is an active member of his community's chamber of commerce and provides outreach programs to organizations and clubs in the area. According to his library director, 'his outstanding service to the community, his desire to pursue a career as a professional business librarian, and demonstrated leadership make him an excellent choice for the Dun and Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award.' Our committee unanimously agreed."

Dun and Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities

The New York Public Library's St. …