STARS Mentoring Award sponsored by Atlas Systems

Sponsored by Atlas Systems, Inc., this award offers two gifts of $1,250 to fund travel expenses associated with attending ALA’s annual conference. Each recipient will be a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery, or resource sharing.

This award is intended for persons who have been in the profession for less than two years, or an individual who is newly employed in interlibrary loan, resource sharing or electronic reserves position and has little or no experience in that area. M.L.S. or ALA membership is not required for this award. Preference will be given to those with greatest demonstrated need for the purposes of professional development, networking, education, and service to their local community. The STARS Education and Training Committee will assign a mentor to the recipient for the conference to help them navigate through the conference experience. The recipient is expected to participate in STARS events throughout the conference.

*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. Self-nominations are permitted. 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, Kenneth L. Carriveau, Jr.,

Submission Guidelines

Submit the following materials with the nomination form:

  1. Proof of entry into this field for the first time, in the form of written confirmation from the human resources office or the library director.
  2. An updated resume that can be verified by Committee members.
  3. A brief description of your position, department, and library.
  4. A statement of petition, in essay format (no more than three pages) which answers the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in attending ALA Annual?
    • What benefits would you like to see in mentoring at ALA Annual?
    • How might your attendance benefit service at your local institution?
    • What, in particular, interests you in interlibrary loan, resource sharing or electronic reserves?

Recent Recipients

Kim Ammons, Access Services Evening Associate, Mount Holyoke College Library, South Hadley, MA and Michelle Taylor, Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Specialist, Virginia Commonwealth University
Guerda Baucicaut, InterLibrary Loan & Reserves Specialist at Borough of Manhattan Community College 

Elizabeth Hussey , Public Services Librarian at Roberts Wesleyan College (NY) and Eleana Cordova, Adult Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Wayne Public Library (NJ)
Kimberly Steiner, Messiah College (Pa.)
Karen Thomas, Delaware Valley College
Jacob Kubrin, Holy Names University
Daniel Chesney, Southern Nazarene University (Okla.).
Natalie D. Beam
Micquel Little
Cherié Weible, Head of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Barbara Coopey
Suzanne Ward
Anne K. Beaubien
Arlene Cohen
Harry M. Kriz
Joan Stein
Mary A. Hollerich
Tom Delaney
Lynn Wiley
Joanne Halgren

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