The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has established the Karen M. Russ Memorial Award for Excellence in Research in recognition of Karen’s contribution to the university and support for government documents. The $500 award will be awarded each spring to the UA Little Rock student who best utilizes, applies, and visualizes government data in his/her research.
Karen Russ was the Research and Community Engagement Librarian at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Ottenheimer Library, where she worked from 1996 until her passing in 2017. Born in Buffalo, NY, Karen attended the State University of New York, College at Fredonia and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors) in 1992. She received her Master in Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994.
Karen was a frequent presenter on government information and genealogy topics. Some of the publications that she authored or co-authored included 1957 Crisis at Central High: An Annotated Bibliography of Government Publications, Piece by Piece: A Handbook – Library Instruction for Students with Disabilities, and Reaching Out to Youth with Electronic Government Information.
Professional honors included the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table’s James Bennett Childs award, the Arkansas Library Association’s Suzanne Spurrier Academic Librarian award, the U.S. Government Publishing Office’ Depository Library of the Year award, and the Teresa Haven Distinguished Professional award from the Arkansas Affiliate of the Association on Higher Education And Disability.
Karen’s expertise as government documents librarian led her to be a passionate advocate for the use of government information in students’ research. The Karen M. Russ Memorial Scholarship will further this ambition.
Donations to the Karen M. Russ Memorial Scholarship may be made at the UA Little Rock Office of Alumni and Development website: https://ualr.edu/giving/product/you-select/. Donors should specify the scholarship when prompted by the question: “Where would you like your donation to go?” Also, checks made payable to “UA Foundation” and with “Karen Russ Memorial Scholarship” in the memo field can be sent to: