RSS Recognition Committee

American Library Association
Reference and User Services Association
Reference Services Section
RSS Recognition Committee

Committee Description

1. Establishment
Established by the RSS Executive Committee in 2010.

2. Purpose
The purpose of the committee is to recognize excellence in service to RSS by granting membership to the RSS Honor Roll and selecting a recipient of the RSS Service Achievement Award.

3. Composition
The Service Award Committee is composed of four to five members. The Members-at-Large form the core of the committee, with the senior Member-at-Large serving as chair, unless another designation is made. An additional member may be the most recent past recipient of the award if that person is able to serve on the committee. Another member – such as a past recipient or a past member of the Executive Committee -- may be added, especially to ensure continuity of membership.

4. Terms of Service
Members-at-Large serve on the Recognition Committee during their tenure in office. Any other appointments are for one year. The RSS Vice Chair confirms the committee’s membership and identifies the committee chair. Committee appointments begin at the conclusion of the annual conference.

RSS Service Achievement Award

1. Purpose
The recipient is honored for either (1) sustained contributions toward attaining the goals of RSS, or (2) a single, significant contribution that has resulted in a positive impact upon the work of the section.

2. Specific Duties
    A. Solicit nominations for the Service Achievement Award.
    B. Select the recipient.
    C. Inform the RSS Chair of the selection.
    D. Prepare the citation text and the award certificate.
    E. Obtain the vita or resume of the recipient for use in publicity and announcements.
    F. Announce the recipient’s honor:
        1. Initially, to the RSS Chair who notifies the recipient, and then to the RUSA Executive
        2. On the RSS-L list, with posting at about the same time as announcement of ALA election
        3. By providing a press announcement release, which includes the award citation, prior to or soon after the Annual conference to:

  • RUSA staff (Media Profile due by mid-February).
  • RSS Review editor for the RUSA Update/RSS Review.
  • RSS webmaster for inclusion on the RSS Web pages.

3. Procedures and Timetables
    A. Solicitation of recommendations
        1. The call for nominations should take place in September/October of each year. The call
should go out in RUSA Update/RSS Review, RSS-L, RUSA-L, and other appropriate locations.
        2. The Executive Committee of RSS and the RSS committee chairs are encouraged to help
solicit nominations. The chairs should be reminded to solicit nominations from the members of their committees.
    B. Selection of the recipient
        1. The committee will meet in a closed session close to the time for Midwinter to evaluate the nominations and make the selection. If selection must be delayed, a decision should be finalized by March 15. Committee work, including committee voting, may be conducted by telephone and with the use of electronic technology.
        2. Initially the selection should be announced only to the RSS Chair – who notifies the
recipient – and to the Executive Director of RUSA. Additional announcements will be made around the time ALA elections results are announced.
        3. The chair of the committee is responsible for assigning responsibilities such as:
obtaining the vita or resume of the recipient, preparing the press release, drafting the official letter that is sent to the recipient by the RSS Chair, preparing the citation and certificate, and assisting the RSS Chair with language for the presentation.
        4. One award is given per year.
        5. Nominations for those not selected should be carried forward for two additional years.
    C. Presentation of the award
        1. The honoree should be informed of his/her selection in person or by a personal phone call from the RSS Chair, to be followed by a formal letter from the RSS Chair.
        2. A certificate of recognition should be presented by the RSS Chair at the Annual RSS Open House or at another appropriate event. The certificate should include a citation, to be read at the presentation. Other appropriate items may be awarded but are not required. Committee members are responsible for the wording on the certificate, which should be based on the justification for the recipient's nomination. Committee members are responsible for preparation of the certificate.

  1. The honoree should be recognized at the RUSA Awards event.

RSS Honor Roll

1. Purpose
Members are recognized on the RSS Honor Roll when they have served the section since its inception in 2004 in three different capacities (committee member, discussion group member, officer, RSS  representative to RUSA, et cetera).

2. Specific Duties
    A. Call for self-nominations.
    B. Verify service in RSS.
    C. Inform nominee of membership status.
    D. Publish membership on Honor Roll on RSS website, RSS Review, RSS Facebook and other appropriate mediums.
    E. Create an RSS honor roll certificate with the members name and year of membership.
    F. Announce and award new honor roll members at RSS Open House.

3. Procedures and Timetables
    A. Solicitation of recommendations
        1. The call for self-nominations takes place two times a year, in December and May, via RSS-L, RSS Review, RSS Facebook page and other appropriate venues.

    B. Selection of Members
        1. Once the service within RSS has been verified by a committee member, nominees become part of the RSS Honor Roll.

    C. Presentation of the Certificate
        1. The honoree should be informed of his/her selection via email by a member of the committee once service verification has been completed.
        2. The committee chair should announce new honor roll members and present them with a certificate at the annual RSS Open House. If the person is not at the annual conference, their certificate may be mailed to them.

Committee Charge: The committee is charged with recognizing excellence in service to RSS
by granting membership to the RSS Honor Roll and selecting a recipient of the RSS Service Achievement Award. Committee members solicit nominations; select members for the Honor Roll and the recipient of the Achievement Award; inform the RSS Chair; prepare citation text and award certificates; and help publicize the honorees.