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Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Individual for
Extraordinary Contributions to Reference Librarianship

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American Library Association (ALA) - Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

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Award of $5,000 to a USA, Canada, or International individual to recognize outstanding contributions to reference librarianship. Eligible contributions may involve a constructive and imaginative program in a library; inspirational and creative teaching; authoring significant articles or books in the reference field; active participation in professional associations devoted to reference services; or leadership in other noteworthy professional activities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176026

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This award presents a monetary prize of $5,000 and a citation.

Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominations are accepted on behalf of individuals who have contributed to the field of reference librarianship.

Pre-Application Information:

The award nomination period runs October 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018

-Nomination period opens, press release/news is publicized: October 1, 2017
-Calls for nominations: October through January
-Nomination period closes: January 5, 2018
-Virtual Meetings for Awards: October through January
-ALA Midwinter Meeting – Denver, CO: February 9-13, 2018
-Winners selected: At or before Midwinter
-Media Profiles and W-9 (for cash awards) due: Immediately after MW
-Winners announced by RUSA Office: March-April
-Monetary prize awards processed: March, April, May
-ALA Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA: June 21-26, 2018

Nomination forms and resources may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Brian E. Coutts, Committee Chair

The nomination period announcement begins September 1 where it will be publicized on social media, RUSA list servs, an press release, RUSA Weekly Bulletin and RUSA Update News.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.