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Librarian Emeritus Chris LeBeau Wins RUSA's Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award


Chris LeBeauChris LeBeau, Librarian Emeritus retired from UMKC Libraries, was awarded the RUSA (Reference and Users Service Association) Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor. Established in 1958, the award is presented to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship.

Chris is recognized for her distinguished career in reference librarianship, for her research and publications in business reference, for her mentoring of a new generation of business librarians, and for her leadership of national reference organizations. She epitomizes the spirit of Isadore Gilbert Mudge.

The majority of Chris's career as a librarian was here at UMKC Libraries where she was well known and respected as the business librarian for the Bloch School of Management, providing library instruction, reference, and collection management for business and public administration resources. Faculty and students at the Bloch school enjoyed the benefits of Chris’s deep expertise in business research and her unparalleled commitment to serving library users. Chris also retired as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the University of Missouri School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, where she was based in Kansas City as a graduate instructor an advisor. While working as a librarian for UMKC Libraries, teaching for the MU SISLT program, and publishing her own research, Chris also served actively in the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and the Business Reference and Services Section of RUSA, including BRASS Chair and RUSA President.

Many of Chris’s former colleagues and advisees at UMKC Libraries join in congratulating her on this award, recognizing her range of contributions to librarianship, especially in the Kansas City area. Congratulations! 

Posted: April 13, 2020