John Sessions Memorial Award

Established in 1980, the John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community. The winner will receive $1,000 and a plaque funded by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO.

The jury is a committee comprised of three to five RUSA members who have demonstrated interest in or experience with library service to labor groups. Nominees will be reviewed in a closed meeting of the committee during Midwinter.

Nominations

To nominate a library or library system, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein. Questions should be directed to the committee chair.

Recipients

2014 Local History and Genealogy Department of Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (Ohio)

2013

 Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

2012

Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University

2011

Russell Library, Business & Career Programs

2010

Murray-Green Library at Roosevelt University, Chicago

2009

Wirtz Labor Library

2008

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Union Affairs, Wayne State University

2007

James B. Carey Library

2006

Joan Cassidy

2005

Bridgeport (CT) Public Library's Historical Collection

2004

Ruth A. Haas Library, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Conn.

2003

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

2002

The Web Design Group for the Allegheny County Labor Council

2001

Duane G. Meyer Library, Southwest Missouri State University

2000

Lodi Memorial Library of Lodi, New Jersey

1999

Libraries for the Future

1998

The Institute of Industrial Relations Library

1997

Englewood (NJ) Public Library

1996

Metropolitan Detroit Professionals Library, UAW Local 2200

1995

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries and Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, Labor History Collection, Butte, Montana

1994

Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University

1993

Texas Labor Archives, University of Texas at Arlington

1992

National Association of Letter Carriers, Information Center, Washington, D.C.

1991

Department of Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries, Athens, Ohio

1990

Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, Minnesota

1989

Citizens Library (Peter G. Sullivan, Director), Washington

1988

Southern Labor Archives, Georgia State University

1987

Lorain (Ohio) Public Library

1986

Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1985

Birmingham (Alabama) Public Library

1984

Jackson-George Regional Library System, Pascagoula, Mississippi

1983

State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library

1982

Wagner Labor Archives, Bobst Library, New York University

1981

Muncie (Indiana) Public Library