For immediate release | March 22, 2011

Mary Mannix honored with 2011 History Section Award

CHICAGO — Mary K. Mannix, Maryland Room manager at Frederick (Md.) County Public Libraries, is the 2011 recipient of the Genealogical Publishing Company/History Section Award for outstanding contributions to the History Section (HS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Mannix was selected for this year’s award due to her extraordinary long-term leadership in the History Section, which has kept the section strong and encouraged member participation. That leadership includes two terms as section chair, numerous committee chair appointments and notable contributions to program and preconference planning. In addition to her section leadership, the selection committee commended Mannix as a role model for outstanding local history and genealogy librarianship and her extensive accomplishments managing Maryland historical and genealogical collections and services at the Frederick (Md.) County Public for the past 13 years.

Mannix earned her MLS from University of Maryland College Park with an archival concentration. She also holds an M.A. in American History with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in History and Political Science from Hood College.

The award, a citation and $1,500 cash prize sponsored by Genealogical Publishing Company, will be presented at the RUSA Awards Reception, scheduled for 5 - 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 as a part of RUSA’s events at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The exact location of this event will be announced in late spring. For more information, visit RUSA’s website or the Annual Conference website.

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


Elizabeth Markel