May 21, 2010
The American Library Association (ALA) has named Kathleen Kern the 2010 Recipient of the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section Recognition Certificate, also known as the 'My Favorite Martian Award.' MARS is a section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the ALA. It represents the interests of those concerned with attaining the highest possible quality in planning, developing, managing, teaching, or conducting all forms of computer-based reference information services in libraries.
The Recognition Certificate is given to an individual to recognize excellence in service to MARS. Kern, associate reference librarian and associate professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, is an active member of MARS and has served on several MARS committees, including its Executive Committee.
Kern will receive the certificate on June 27, 2010, at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.