2002 RUSA Awards. (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. For more information on the RUSA awards, please see www.ala.org/rusa/ awards. The 2002 recipients follow.

Virginia Boucher--OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

Tom Delaney, coordinator of interlibrary loan service, Colorado State University, is the 2002 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian Award recipient. This award recognizes and honors a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to ILL and document delivery.

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 ILL field. The citation and cash award of $2,000 are donated by OCLC, Online Computer Library Center and administered by the Management and Operation of User Services Section.

"Tom Delaney's work with electronic forms provided the means for many libraries to eliminate paper forms and allowed them to process requests much more quickly," stated Joanne Halgren, chair of the award committee. "His willingness to share new ideas with everyone is unsurpassable. Tom is an ILL practitioner committed to excellence and is a role model for resource sharing, be it library collection sharing or in imparting his invaluable office skills and knowledge."

The Dartmouth Medal

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, a three-volume reference set (Oxford University Press, 2001) is the 2002 recipient of the Dartmouth Medal. The medal, donated by Dartmouth College, is given for current reference works of outstanding quality and significance.

"Since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone by Napoleon's troops, Ancient Egypt has captivated the imagination of the modern world," said Sharmon H. Kenyon, award committee chair. "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt is the definitive, authoritative work on the civilization of the Nile Valley from Predynastic times (5500 BCE) to the Arab conquest (642 CE)."

Kenyon also announced that the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Grove's Dictionaries, 2001) is the winner of the Dartmouth Honorable Mention. "The rewriting of the 1980 edition of New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians was a monumental task resulting in an encyclopedia 50 percent larger than its predecessor. This exhaustive and scholarly work is the place to turn to for information about music in all its forms, including, international music, classical music, and modern music," stated Kenyon. The Grove Music Web site (www.grovemusic.com) was also cited with the Honorable Mention.

Dun and Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities

The Queens Borough (Jamaica, N.Y.) Public Library is the 2002 recipient of the Dun and Bradstreet Award for Outstanding Service to Minority Business Communities. The award is sponsored by Dun and Bradstreet and presented by the Business Reference and Services Section.

The $2,000 award and citation is given to a librarian or library that has created an innovative service for a minority business community or has been recognized by that community as an outstanding service provider. Businessed owned by Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, or people from the Indian Subcontinent are classified by the U.S. government as minority-owned businesses.

"The Queens Borough Public Library possessed a clear vision of how it could foster entrepreneurial activity within its minority communities," stated Lynn C. Hattendorf Westney, award committee chair. "Acting on this vision, it actively solicited and obtained several large collaborative grants which resulted in the creation of the Libraries Online! …