Rossini receives RUSA STARS mentoring award

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398

For Immediate Release

August 4, 2009

CHICAGO— Beverly Rossini has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring Award.

The award, administered by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of the
Reference and User Services Association, provides $1,000 annually to a library practitioner from any type of library who is new to the field of interlibrary loan and has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing. The award monies provide the recipient financial assistance to attend ALA’s Annual Conference, where he or she will have access to professional development and networking opportunities among interlibrary loan peers.

Rossini, who is currently an outreach and information resources librarian at the Baugh Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, was chosen for her eagerness to learn and grow in the profession. The award will allow her to take advantage of her keen interest in the interlibrary loan profession.

In addition to her current job responsibilities, Rossini served as a co-principal investigator on the 2009 Health Information Literacy Research Project, part of the National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association’s research into the understanding of health information literacy and its value in support of patient care. She has developed and implemented an information literacy curriculum for at-risk high school students who demonstrate an interest in attending college and pursuing a health sciences career and has also presented papers and posters on health information literacy and on consumer health information and library resources. She holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama and a B.S. in secondary education language arts from the University of South Alabama.

Rossini accepted her award at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception at the ALA Annual Conference, which was held July 9-15 in Chicago.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers advisory and resource sharing. RUSA 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. For more information, visit Not a RUSA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, RUSA preconferences and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at