The award recognizes the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly during the preceding two-volume year. Awarded for Adkins, D. A., Bossaller, J., & Thompson, K. M. (2009). Describing vernacular literacy practices to enhance understanding of community information needs: A case study with practical implications. Reference and User Services Quarterly, 49(1), 67-71. Awarded $2500 USD.