LaGuardia named winner of RUSA’s highest honor for achievements in reference services

BOSTON -- March 4, 2016
Cheryl LaGuardia, research librarian at the Widener Library of Harvard University, has been awarded the 2016 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) highest honor for her distinguished and multifaceted contributions to reference librarianship.  
Sponsored by Credo Reference, the award consists of $5,000 and a citation which will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.  "Credo is proud to partner with RUSA in recognizing outstanding achievement, and Cheryl's ongoing efforts have most certainly had a significant impact on both library best-practices and raising the standard of content and products developed by publishers and vendors.  And so on behalf of Credo Reference, Cheryl: Congratulations!" says Ian Singer, Credo's Chief Content Officer.
 Cheryl's "Not Dead Yet" blog in Library Journal and a chain of reviews, articles, and books published throughout her career address issues of concern to all librarians, beginning with her early advocacy of CD-ROMs and online databases and reflecting the profession’s need to evolve with continuous change in the world of reference. She has kept Magazines for Libraries relevant since she took over its editorship in 2002, and she has mentored countless librarians by drawing them into the reviewing and writing process for the resource on which many libraries rely for purchasing and cancelation decisions.  Her solid critical judgment is reflected throughout her contributions.
The RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website in April.