Robert Kieft, College Librarian at Occidental wins RUSA's 2012 Mudge Award

From an ALA Press Release dated March 26th - "Reference giant Robert Kieft wins RUSA’s 2012 Mudge Award for reference librarianship excellence"

Robert Kieft, Ph.D., college librarian at Occidental College, is the distinguished recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) 2012Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award — the highest honor for contributions to the field of reference librarianship.

The award, which is generously sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, is presented annually to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship.  In choosing Kieft, the committee unanimously honored his nearly decade long investment in reformatting the “Guide to Reference” from a print volume to an ongoing, dynamic and interactive database with nearly 16,000 entries—an effort that included contributions from scores of people who became known as “Friends of Bob’s.” Kleft demonstrated his leadership skills and commitment by coordinating this effort to create an innovative resource that established a new kind of community for librarians, at a time when reference was transitioning to a more digital experience.

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