For immediate release | March 22, 2022

2022 RUSA Achievement Award Winners

CHICAGO- The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Achievement Awards Program honors the best in reference librarian and its many specialties. These awards recognize and honor the outstanding professional contributions and achievements of your RUSA peers.

RUSA RUSA level awards winners are:

Melissa A. Wong, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, selected as the winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

Timothy J. Dickey, Adult Services Librarian, Columbus Metropolitan Library, wins Margaret E. Monroe Award for Library Adult Services

Marie Concannon, Head, Government Information & Data Archives, University of Missouri Library, Awarded RUSA Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services.

Dr. Hyerim Cho, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, selected as winner of Gail Schlachter Memorial Research Grant

Queen Anne's County Library and Alpha Park Public Library selected as winners of the Stephen T. Riedner Grant for Life Enhancing Library Programs for People Living with Dementia

Lee Lipscomb, Assistant Librarian at the Federal Judicial Center named winner of the RUSA Federal Achievement Award


BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship sponsored by Mergent Names It's Winner-Wendy Potheir, Business and Economics Librarian, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

Winner of BRASS Student Travel Award, Jennifer Nelson, Reference/Marketing Librarian - Neuse Regional Libraries, Kinston, NC

Alison Messier, Business & Entrepreneurship Services Librarian, W.E.B. DuBois Library, winner of the BRASS Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award sponsored by Global Financial Data

ETS ETS awards:

Eric Shares, Engineering & Collection Analysis Librarian, Iowa State University, and Kelvin Watson, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County LIbrary District, chosen for the Best Emerging Technology Application (BETA) Award Sponsored by Chatstaff and LibraryH3lp

ETS Achievement Award awarded to Courtney Renee McDonald, User Experience Librarian, University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder

HS HS Awards:

Marie Concannon, Head, Government Information & Data Archives, University of Missouri Library, chosen for HS Genealogy/ History Achievement Award sponsored by ProQuest

Lara Nicosia, Humanities Librarian, University of Rochester, is awarded the History Research and Innovation Award sponsored by Gale Gengage


Miriam Wnuk Selected for the STARS Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

Jessica Bower Relevo, Resource Sharing and Reserves Librarian, Yale University Library and Sarah Tudesco, Program Director, Assessment & UX Research, Yale University Library, chosen for the STARS Publication Recognition Award

Jose F. Rodriquez, Head of Access Services/Librarian Assistant Professor, University of Miami, chosen as winner of the STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Award

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), 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 at


Ninah Moore

Program Officer-Continuing Education