The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is now accepting nominations for the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence inReference and Adult Library Services, given annually to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons' reference needs. The award consists of a citation and a $3,000 prize. Nominations are due December 15, 2011.
The resource can be a bibliography, a guide to the literature of a specific subject, a directory, a database, or any other project that has helped the library meet adult or children's reference needs. Tools, guides or databases that have been developed for reader's advisory or adultservice questions and needs are also eligible for the award.
Nomination materials should be submitted to the award committee chair (contact information below). Self-nominations are accepted. The materials should include a letter of nomination stating in detail how the resource has contributed to meeting patrons' reference needs.
In particular, the letter should include:
* A description of the resource and its format, e.g., card file, database, etc.
* A list of sources used to compile the resource.
* The target audience for the resource
* Criteria used in selecting material for inclusion. (If the resource is inclusive, please state so clearly.)
* The breadth of coverage, i.e. time and subject, of the resource.
* An explanation of what makes the resource imaginative or unique.
A sample of the resource (or entry, pages, printout, etc.) must accompany the nomination.
Questions about the award or the nomination process should be directed to the committee chair via phone or e-mail:
Further information, including a list of past winners, can be found here: