Last week, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the Census Bureau for the Statistical Abstract, the national data book that contained collections of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. The award acknowledged the publication’s role as one of the premier reference sources for the past 133 years.
RUSA Committee Chair Jack O’Gorman presented the award to Census Bureau Deputy Director Thomas Mesenbourg at the office of the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. The honor was initially announced at RUSA’s Midwinter Book and Media Awards Reception, an annual party at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting celebrating the top reading and reference titles as selected by the expert librarians of RUSA.
The Reference and User Services Association is a division of the American Library Association that 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 www.ala.org/rusa.