Joan Cassidy, librarian, New York State United Teachers, Latham (NY), is the 2006 recipient of the John Sessions Memorial Award presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
The 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. Sessions was also Assistant Director of the AFL-CIO Department of Education. 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.
“Joan Cassidy has done a fabulous job of librarianship in creating the Albert Shanker ‘Where We Stand' database,” said Dan Golodner, award committee chair. “She did the research, legwork, training, and was the liaison between Cornell University (Ithaca) and the New York State United Teachers in which one of the most outstanding research tools for labor and education historians was created.”
The award will be presented at RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 26, 2006, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.