Librarian Receives National Award

Karen's "James Bennett Childs Award"Karen Russ, long-time librarian at Ottenheimer Library, was posthumously awarded the James Bennett Childs Award on June 24, 2018 at the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans.

The James Bennett Childs Award is bestowed by the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table as a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. The Award is based on stature, service, and publication which may be in any or all areas of documents librarianship.

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. Additional professional honors included 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.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has established the Karen M. Russ Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her contribution to the university and support for government documents. The scholarship will be awarded each spring to the UA Little Rock student who best utilizes, applies, and visualizes government data in his/her research.  For additional information, visit


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