For immediate release | May 14, 2012

Carolyn Larson recognized for service to RUSA MARS with My Favorite Martian Award

CHICAGO —Carolyn S. Larson, head of the Business Reference Section - Science, Technology & Business Division/Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2012 My Favorite Martian Award for contributions to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section of the Reference and User Services Association.

The MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section is a special interest section of RUSA that represents the interests of those concerned with attaining the highest possible quality in planning, developing, managing, teaching and conducting all forms of computer-based reference information services in libraries. The My Favorite Martian Award is given annually to a section member who has demonstrated excellence in service to the section.

Larson has a long resume of involvement with MARS. In addition to serving on several MARS committees such as the MARS Conference Program Planning Committee and the MARS Continuing Education and Publications Task Force, she has served as MARS Chair, vice-chair, and past chair. During her term as chair of section, Larson expertly led the section and served as a stabilizing force during a critical transition period that included a significant name change - from the Machine-Assisted Reference Section to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section - and a mission change for the section.

Larson will be honored at the RUSA Awards Reception, scheduled for 5 – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 in the Sequoia South Ballroom D at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel as a part of RUSA’s events at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, visit RUSA’swebsite or the Annual Conference website.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about the association at


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