Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

Established in 1990, the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is a citation and $3,000 monetary award presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons' reference needs. The resource can be a bibliography, a guide to the literature of a specific subject, a directory, a database, or any other project that has helped the library meet adult or children's reference needs. Tools, guides or databases that have been developed for reader's advisory or adult service questions and needs are also eligible for the award.

Nominations

To submit a nomination, download and complete the nomination form, and follow the submission instructions therein.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair.

The deadline for nominations is January 4, 2015.

*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 lwood@ala.org.

Recipients

2014 Northville District Library (Mich.) Northville Historic Records 

2013

Palo Alto College Library's (Calif.) Library a la Carte  

2012

Richland County (South Carolina) Public Library Job Center

2011

NCPedia

2010

 J.Y. Joyner Library Digital Collections, East Carolina University, for “Seeds of Change: The Daily Reflector Image Collection”

2009

Robert A. Aken II, web administration librarian, and Reinette F. Jones, diversity and multicultural activities librarian, for University of Kentucky Libraries’ Notable Kentucky African Americans (NKAA) Database

2008 Digital Services, Libraries and Educational Technologies, James Madison University, for " Research Databases and Resources," Harrison (Va.)

2007

Springfield-Greene County Library, Springfield (Mo.)

2006

Orange County Library System, Orlando (Fla.)

2005

Smithsonian American Art Museum

2004

North Carolina State University Libraries

2003

Richmond (British Columbia) Public Library

2002

No recipient chosen this year

2001

University Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

2000

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Library

1999

New Orleans Public Library

1998

Queens Borough Public Library

1997

Bay Area Library and Information System for "Jobsmart"

1996

Rochester (MI) Hills Public Library for their homepage on the Web

1995

Pikes Peak Library District for "Arts Database"

1994

Wichita Public Library for "The Legal Connection"

1993

Kalamazoo Public Library, Michigan, for its "Online Community Information Database"

1992

Morton Grove Public Library, Morton Grove, Illinois, for ORRIS (On-Line Ready Reference System)

1991

University of Arkansas Library, Fayetteville, for its "Arkansas Periodical Index"