RUSA seeking nominations for Boucher-OCLC ILL librarian award

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

September 29, 2009

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is actively seeking outstanding interlibrary loan and document delivery librarians as nominees for the 2010
Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award.

The award, which is sponsored by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA, honors a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and contributions to the interlibrary loan and document delivery field. In addition to recognizing the professional contributions of Virginia Boucher, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder and former ILL librarian, it represents one of many ways RUSA supports library professionals who cultivate and support the connection between people and the information they seek.

The winner receives a citation and a $2,000 cash prize sponsored by OCLC, which are presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on the Monday of the
ALA Annual Conference, next scheduled for June 24-29, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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 or from
Amy Paulus, chairperson for the award committee. All nominations must be received by Dec. 15.

Barbara Coopey, the assistant head for Access Services and head of Interlibrary Loan for Penn State University Libraries and the 2009 recipient of the award, was selected for her outstanding contributions through nearly two decades of ILL work at Penn State, as well as her active research and implementation of on-campus delivery of materials, as well as her leadership in the broader profession with organizations such as the CIC, RLG SHARES and PALCI. Other recent recipients include Suzanne M. Ward (2008), head of Access Services, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette (Ind.), for her 26 years of leadership in the profession, including an extensive list of scholarly accomplishments; Anne K. Beaubien (2007), director and cooperative access services and grants officer, University Library, University of Michigan; and Arlene Cohen (2006), associate professor and circulation and ILL librarian  at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library, University of Guam, Mangiloa.

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. Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at