Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).
Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.
The Murray-Green Library at Roosevelt University, Chicago, was the 2010 recipient of the award. Through its development of resources such as the "Oral History Project in Labor History," the Murray-Green Library has made an ongoing commitment to preserving and increasing the public's accessibility to labor history. In particular, the "Oral History Project" contains a multitude of interviews and transcripts with Chicago-area labor movement participants conducted by Elizabeth Balanoff in the 1970s. The interview transcripts were recently digitized by Roosevelt University Librarians Michael Gabriel and David Green thanks to a grant from the Illinois State Library. William Green, former leader of the American Federation of Labor (ALF), and Philip Murray, leader of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, are both namesakes of the library and served on the university's original Board of Advisers. The 2011 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference, June 23-28, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The deadline for nominations is December 15.