Barbara Bibel wins RUSA Isadore Gilbert Mudge–R.R. Bowker Award

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March 13, 2007

Barbara Bibel wins RUSA Isadore Gilbert Mudge–R.R. Bowker Award

CHICAGO - Barbara Mita Chaikin Bibel, reference librarian, Oakland Public Library (Calif.), is the recipient of the 2007 Isadore Gilbert Mudge-R.R. Bowker Award presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The award of $5,000 and a citation, donated by R.R. Bowker, recognizes distinguished contributions to reference librarianship. The honor is named for Isadore Gilbert Mudge who was a reference librarian, a bibliographer at Columbia University in New York and author of the 1917 revision of the “Guide to the Study and Use of Reference Books.”

“The award committee was impressed with Barbara Bibel’s contributions in providing training for other professionals and working with local health providers to establish multi-lingual health educational programs for the community,” said Don Kenney, award committee chair. “Bibel is perhaps one of the few public librarians who is a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and speaks at their meetings.”

“As a regular contributor to Reference Books Bulletin, Library Trends, Criticas, Jewish Book World, Booklist, Library Journal, and the Association of Jewish Libraries, Barbara Bibel has expanded not only the knowledge of the profession, but has brought medical knowledge to many in her community,” said Kenney.

The award will be presented at RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 25, 2007, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington.