Award honors contributions to library adult services

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, ASCLA



For Immediate Release

October 28, 2008

CHICAGO--The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) seeks nominations for the 2009 Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award.

The citation honors a practicing librarian, library and information science researcher or educator or retired librarian who has made a significant contribution to library adult services. This contribution may be defined by, but is not limited to, exemplified leadership, introduction of creative and innovative concepts in adult services, measurable effectiveness of managed programs and published works.

Those interested in submitting a nomination 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 Steve Alleman, chairperson for the award committee, at All nominations must be received by Dec. 15.

In 2008, Eileen Williams, adult reference and senior outreach librarian, Guilderland Public Library, Guilderland (N.Y.) received the award for her outstanding outreach and programming efforts. Other recent recipients include Barry Trott (2007), adult services director, Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg (Va.), for a multitude of contributions, including editorial work on
Reference and User Services Quarterly, Libraries’ Unlimited
Read On Series, and
NoveList; and Allan Kleiman (2006), head of reference, Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield (N.J.), for his leadership on ALA adult services initiative and programs. 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.