RUSA award honors ILL, document delivery superstars

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, ASCLA



For Immediate Release

October 28, 2008

CHICAGO—Know a librarian who has made a recent, significant contribution to the interlibrary loan and document delivery fields? Consider nominating him or her for the 2009 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award.

The award, a citation and a $2,000 cash prize sponsored by OCLC honors a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and contributions to the interlibrary loan and document delivery field. In addition to honoring the professional contributions of Virginia Boucher, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder and former ILL librarian, it represents one of many ways the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) supports library professionals who cultivate and support the connection between people and the information they seek.

Those interested in submitting a nomination for this award can download the nomination form from the awards section of the RUSA website or request the form from Liz Markel, RUSA Marketing Specialist, via e-mail at or from Cherie Weible, chairperson for the award committee, at All nominations must be received by Dec. 15.

In 2008, Suzanne M. Ward, head of Access Services, Purdue university Libraries, West Lafayette (Ind.), received the award for her 26 years of leadership in the profession, including an extensive list of scholarly accomplishments—most recently, publication of her article “Books on Demand: Just-in-Time Acquisitions” in The Acquisitions Librarian. Other recent recipients include Anne K. Beaubien, director and cooperative Access services and grants officer, University Library, University of Michigan (2007), and Arlene Cohen, associate professor and circulation and ILL librarian at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library, University of Guam, Mangiloa (2006). A complete list of recipients is available in the Awards section of the
RUSA website.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (, 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.