Rivenburgh Receives National Award For Interlibrary Loan Project Leadership

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Ed Rivenburgh, information delivery services (IDS) project director at the State University of New York at Geneseo's Milne Library, is the winner of the 2011 Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award.

The national award, administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), recognizes an individual for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and significant contributions to the fields of interlibrary loan and document delivery and is generously supported by OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative.

Rivenburgh was selected for his excellent leadership of the IDS Project, a resource sharing cooperative he founded along with 11 other library directors. According to his nominators, this cooperative is fundamentally changing how ILL processing and resource sharing is done both among its more than 65 New York library members and across the state and the nation. Rivenburgh's leadership is providing out-of-the-box thinking, streamlines the ILL process and fosters a unique community partnership of mutually supportive libraries.

"The IDS Project is an exemplary example of an innovative approach to ILL and is at the heart of what this award is about," said Amy Paulus, award committee chair. "In addition to this work, Rivenburgh also contributes to the profession through mentoring, conference planning and conference presentations. He is truly a well-rounded contributor to the ILL profession."

The award, a citation and $2,000 cash prize, will be presented to Rivenburgh at the RUSA Awards Reception June 26 as a part of RUSA's events at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Rivenburgh was director of libraries at SUNY Geneseo for 15 years before retiring from that position recently to work part time as IDS project director. He holds a master's degree in library science from Simmons College, a master's in education from Michigan State University and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in education from Boston University. He has received numerous professional achievement awards, most recently the Friend of State University of New York Librarians Association Award, and the Nylink Achievement Award. He also received the Ray Murray Award from the New York State Library Assistants' Association.

The Reference and User Services Association, 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.


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