The RUSA Awards program recognizes 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. RUSA has established the following awards for which the 2004 recipients are listed.
(Virginia) Boucher--OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award
An annual award consisting of $2,000 and a citation recognizing a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery through publication, during the previous two years, of significant professional literature, participation in professional associations, and innovative approaches to practice in individual libraries.
Joan Stein, Head of Access Services, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Pittsburgh, Pa.
A medal that honors the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance. Medal designed by Rudolph Ruzicka and donated by Dartmouth College.
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003, a member of Thomas Gale).
Dun and Bradstreet Public Librarian Support Award
Annual award of $1,000 to support the attendance at ALA Annual Conference of a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the Conference.
Kay Cormier, Supervisor of Business Services, C. Burr Artz Central Library, Frederick County (Md.) Public Libraries.
Dun and Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities
Annual award of $2,000 (up to half of which can be used to cover expense of attending ALA Annual Conference to receive award) that recognizes a librarian who or a library that has created an innovative service for a minority business community, or has been recognized by that community as an outstanding service provider.
Nettie Seaberry, Director, Minority Business Information Center for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), New York.
Thomas Gale Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship
A citation and $3,000 cash award to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship.
Michael Madden, Director of Schaumburg (Ill.) Township District Library.
Thomas Gale Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services
A citation and $3,000 given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons' reference needs.
North Carolina State University Libraries. Genealogical Publishing Company/History Section Award
A citation and $1,500 cash award to a librarian, library, or publisher to encourage professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship.
Samuel J. Boidrick, Manager, Florida Collection, Miami-Dade (Fla.) Public Library
(Margaret E.) Monroe Library Adult Services Award