STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award

Sponsored by Atlas Systems, Inc., this award offers two gifts of $1,250 to fund travel expenses associated with attending ALA’s annual conference. Each recipient will be a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery, or resource sharing.

This award is intended for persons who have been in the profession for less than two years, or an individual who is newly employed in interlibrary loan, resource sharing or electronic reserves position and has little or no experience in that area. M.L.S. or ALA membership is not required for this award. Preference will be given to those with greatest demonstrated need for the purposes of professional development, networking, education, and service to their local community. The STARS Education and Training Committee will assign a mentor to the recipient for the conference to help them navigate through the conference experience. The recipient is expected to participate in STARS events throughout the conference.

*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 or to Leighann Wood, RUSA awards program coordinator, at



To nominate a librarian, download and complete the nomination form, and follow the submission instructions therein. Self-nominations are permitted. Questions should be directed to the committee chair. The current Chair is Amy Paulus and she can be contacted at amy-fuls (at)

The deadline for nominations is December 9, 2016.



2016 Kimberly Steiner, Messiah College (Pa.)
2015 Karen Thomas, Delaware Valley College
2014 Jacob Kubrin, Holy Names University
2013 Daniel Chesney, Southern Nazarene University (Okla.).
2012 Natalie D. Beam
2011 Micquel Little
2010 Naomi I. Chow, ILL/ESP Librarian, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2009 Beverly Rossini
2007 Danielle Cournoyer
2006 Diane Leja