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SMLR Library receives national award

Congratulations to the Rutgers University Libraries' James B. Carey Library for winning the 2007 John B. Sessions Award, presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association.

The James B. Carey Library serves the faculty, students, and staff of Rutgers University's School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and is based in SMLR's building, on the Cook campus in New Brunswick.

The Sessions award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups. The plaque, supported by a donation from the AFL-CIO, is given to recognize a library or library system that 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.

In selecting this year's winner, award committee chair Theodora Haynes remarked: "Under the stewardship of Constance Finlay, the James B. Carey Library has been transformed in recent years into a dynamic agent for providing in-depth and specialized information resources and services to a wide range of the labor community that includes students, scholars, union leaders and public policy practitioners. The Library's recent successful initiatives document past and present work of labor and range from collaborating with the Public Employee Relations Commission on building a comprehensive database of collective bargaining contracts to mounting a historical exhibit and Web site honoring James B. Carey."

The award will be presented at RUSA's awards ceremony on June 25th, during the American Library Association's annual conference in Washington.

Posted April 25, 2007