Jennifer Brannock, Curator of Rare Books & Mississippiana, The University of Southern Mississippi was selected as the 2020 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History Section’s Genealogy/History Achievement Award, sponsored by ProQuest for her expanding the usage of academic archival materials for professional and family historians, and foe her knowledge of the historical value of archival materials. Her Culinary Collection (cookbooks) project is a marvelous example of bringing together academic users and the community. The award consists of a citation and a monetary award to a librarian, library or publisher, in recognition of professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service, or research librarianship.
Established in 1992, the HS Genealogy / History Achievement Award, sponsored by ProQuest, presents a citation and $1,500 to a librarian, library or publisher, in recognition of professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service, or research librarianship. The recipient shall be selected for exceptional accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: leadership; service; training; reference; or publication of recent, significant print or digital reference works/projects that offer access to genealogical or historical sources. Preference shall be given to members of RUSA.
The selection committee includes: Helen E. Gbala (Chair), Kristina S. Lang, and Philip Jason Sutton.