RUSA Federal Rising Stars Initiative

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Federal Rising Stars Initiative, begun by FAFLRT, is being administered by RUSA, since the dissolution of ASGCLA (which had merged with FAFLRT). The award, highlights the achievements of those new to the profession. Rising Stars are those people who display a passion for the profession, both at work and via volunteer or association activities.



To nominate a librarian, complete the nomination form. (Google Form). 

If you do not have a Google account or unable to use the Google form, please fill out the PDF nomination form. Send the completed nomination form along with the submission materials to the RUSA Office or to Adria Olmi, award committee chair.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair.


Submission Materials

  • Nomination letter, describing the ways in which the nominee fulfills the criteria.
  • Resume of the nominee and/or summary of the nominee’s activities and contributions.
  • Two letters of endorsement containing specific reasons for supporting the nomination.



Rising Star candidates must:

  • Be a RUSA member in good standing or a former ASGCLA member
  • Work in a federal or armed forces library or government information management setting
  • Have graduated from an MLS/MLIS program five years ago or less
  • Been a professional librarian or information manager for five years or less


Award Recipients

  • 2021 Mariah Antoinette Lovick
  • 2020  No award presented
  • 2019  No award presented
  • 2017  Heather Kiger, Yosemite Research Library, National Park Service
  • 2016  [None selected]
  • 2015  [None selected]
  • 2014  Katie Rapp, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • 2013  [None selected]
  • 2012  Caralyn Champa, U.S. Army, Army Knowledge Leaders Program
  • 2011  Aimee Babcock-Ellis, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Library