Elmborg receives Reference Service Press Award

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RUSA Marketing Specialist

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For Immediate Release,

March 10, 2008

Elmborg receives Reference Service Press Award

CHICAGO-James Elmborg, PhD, associate professor and director, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, is the 2008 recipient of the Reference Service Press Award for the article, “Libraries in the Contact Zone: On the Creation of Educational Space,” which appeared in
Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) vol. 46, no. 1. The award is presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The award, a plaque and $2,500 donated by Reference Service Press, is given to the author of the most outstanding article published in
RUSQ, the division's quarterly journal, during the preceding two volume years.

“This article was enthusiastically supported by all members of the jury because it was inspirational and built on the application of the social science construct of the 'contact zone,' known for promoting diversity and cultural differences in library services and practices,” said Julia Gelfand, chair of the award committee.

“What a wonderful e-mail to get,” Elmborg said. “I really like the article 'Libraries in the Contact Zone.' It took a long time to think through and write, and I'm so pleased to have it receive this kind of recognition.”

The award will be presented at RUSA Awards Ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. on June 30 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim (Calif.).