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Coutts named winner of 2017 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, library group’s highest honor

Brian Coutts, Professor and Head of the Department of Library Public Services at WKU, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, which is Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) highest honor. The award recognizes Coutts for his distinguished contributions to reference services and librarianship.

Brian Coutts

Brian Coutts

The America Library Association (ALA) website states, “For a career spanning over thirty years, Coutts has established a prominent legacy of reviewing and authoring reference books, essays and articles, including the annually selected, widely-read and highly valued, ‘Best Reference‘ in Library Journal.”

Coutt’s research interests include reference publishing for print and web resources, history reference sources, travel on the web, the history of Spanish Louisiana, the history of Belize, and much more. A complete list of published and forthcoming works can be found at http://people.wku.edu/brian.coutts/.

According to ALA, the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award selection committee unanimously selected Coutts “for his enthusiastic advocacy for reference, his passion for librarianship, and his superb writing and reviewing of reference sources.”

Sponsored by Credo Reference, the award consists of $5,000 and a citation, which will be presented to Coutts at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago from 5-6:30 p.m. June 25.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about the association at rusa.ala.org/update.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977 or jennifer.wilson@wku.edu

 

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