Established in 1985, RUSA Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award is $1,250* and a citation presented to a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services. The individual may be practicing librarian, a library and information science researcher or educator, or a retired librarian who has brought distinction to the profession’s understanding and practice or services for adults. Sponsored by NoveList
The criteria for “significant contributions” will be judged by such factors as publications, leadership, measurable effectiveness of programs, influence on others, and creative and innovative concepts.
*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.
To nominate a librarian, complete the nomination form. The nomination form can be found on the RUSA Update Resources page. Non-ALA members must submit their nominations to the committee chair.
Questions should be directed to the committee chair.
Complete the nomination form found on the RUSA Update Resources Page. Submitted materials should include:
- Nomination letter, describing the ways in which the nominee has made a significant contribution to library adult services. Letter should address some of all of the following: publications, leadership, measurable effectiveness of programs, influence on others, and creative and innovative concepts.
- Resume of the nominee and/or summary of the nominee’s activities and contributions.
- A minimum of two letters of endorsement containing specific reasons for supporting the nomination.
- Any other supporting materials that illustrate the nominee’s significant contribution.
2017: David Wright, Readers’ Services Librarian, Seattle Public Library
2016: Dr. Mary K. Chelton, retired professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queen’s College, CUNY
2015: Neil Hollands, adult services librarian, Williamsburg Regional Library
2014: Diana Tixier Herald, Delta County Libraries (Colo.)
2013: Dr. Catherine Sheldrick Ross, University of Western Ontario
2012: Neal Wyatt
2011: Joyce Saricks, Dominican University
2010: Nancy Pearl
2009: No award given
2007: Barry Trott
2006: Allan Kleiman
2005: Gary Warren Niebuhr
2004: Cynthia Orr
2003: Miriam Pollack
2002: Marsha Spyros
2001: No award given
2000: Lizbeth A. Wilson
1999: Ann Bradshaw
1998: Jane P. Kleiner
1997: Duncan Smith
1996: Connie VanFleet
1995: Valerie J. Wilford
1994: Elizabeth Ann Funk
1993: Kathleen Weibel
1992: Rhea Joyce Rubin
1991: Kathleen M. McCook (Heim)
1990: Martin J. Gomez
1989: Bernice Mac Donald
1988: Jane K. Hirsch
1987: Lora Landers
1986: Helen Huguenor Lyman