Gale sponsors RUSA Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

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Marketing Specialist, RUSA

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Gale, Director of Communications Strategy

For Immediate Release

September 4, 2007

Gale sponsors RUSA Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is proud to announce that Gale will sponsor the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award.

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

“The Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award is the oldest and most prestigious award presented by RUSA, essentially serving as the ‘Reference Librarian of the Year,’” stated David Tyckoson, president of RUSA. “The award recipients represent a proud tradition of excellence in the field of reference librarianship. I am delighted that Gale has recognized the value of this esteemed award and agreed to serve as its sponsor. We deeply appreciate Gale’s ongoing support of RUSA, libraries and the profession.”

Gale, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., (, serves the world’s information and education needs through its industry-leading reference books and online resources, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats – books and eBooks, databases and microfilm.