Alumnus, Brian Coutts, named 2017 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, which is Reference & User Services Association’s (RUSA) highest honor

Brian Coutts graduated from the LSU School of Library & Information Science in 1983. Since then, he has "established a prominent legacy of reviewing and authoring reference books, essays and articles, including the annually selected, widely-read and highly valued 'Best Reference' in Library Journal."

Coutts is Professor and Head of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University (WKU). He has been a member of the department's faculty since 1987. 

He was recently selected as the winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), their highest honor, for his distinguished contributions to reference services and the library profession.

According to ALA, the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award selection committee unanimously selected Coutts “for his enthusiastic advocacy for reference, his passion for librarianship, and his superb writing and reviewing of reference sources.”

Coutts received his BA, History, and MA, Central American History from the University of Calgary, Canada. He received his PhD, Latin American History, and MLS, Library Science, from LSU.

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