Halperin receives 2009 business reference excellence award, accolades

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For Immediate Release

June 9, 2009

CHICAGO—Michael Halperin, director of the Lippincott Library at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, has been selected as the 2009 recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship, an honor sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning and administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Award winners are selected for their outstanding contribution to the field of business librarianship. Halperin was selected most notably for his more than three decades of work as an innovator, teacher and mentor in the profession. The committee, chaired by RUSA member and Rutgers University Business Librarian Theodora Haynes, cited Halperin’s Business FAQ, a tool he designed and has shared with a consortium of institutions, as an invaluable resource that even now, a decade after its introduction, serves as the starting point for many researchers in business and economics. They also highlighted his successful adaptation of new technologies and services into the library, including being among the first to provide desktop delivery of documents to faculty and the first to introduce end-user searching.

Halperin will receive his award—a citation and $3,000 cash prize—at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception, scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, July 13, in the Grand Ballroom E/F of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, as a part of ALA’s Annual Conference events. All conference participants are invited to this celebration honoring RUSA’s best and are also encouraged to participate in RUSA’s various other conference program offerings—download the RUSA @ Annual Conference guide for a comprehensive overview of what’s in store.

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