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Award to a USA, Canada, or International Library or Library System to Recognize the Development of a Useful Reference Tool

RUSA Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services

GrantWatch ID# 192813
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Library Association (ALA) - Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), Data Axle Reference Solutions
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Award of $1,500 to a USA, Canada, or international library or library system for the creation of a new reference tool to benefit patrons. The purpose of the award is to recognize the achievement of providing patrons with a unique and creative resource. Eligible resources include a database, directory, bibliography, guide to the literature of a specific subject, or any other project that has helped the library meet adult or children’s reference needs. Tools, guides, or databases that have been developed for reader’s advisory or adult service questions and needs are also eligible for the award.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- The nominee must be a library or a library system. The library or library system can be located in any nation.
- Neither nominators nor nominees need to be members of ALA or RUSA.
- Self-nominations are permitted. Letters of support will strengthen the submission.

The President of RUSA is not eligible for the award during their term in office.

Pre-Application Information
Submission Deadline: February 17th, 2023

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
A citation and $1,500* monetary award. Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Contact Information
Online Nomination Form:

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Jason Coleman,

American Library Associatio
225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

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