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Conducting the reference interview

CHICAGO — Based on the latest research in communication theory but tailored specifically for real-world application, the newly updated third edition of “Conducting the Reference Interview,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, speaks equally to the needs of students preparing to enter the profession and those who are already fielding reference inquiries.

2018 Notable Books List: Year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry announced

Seattle- The Reference and User Services Association’s Notable Books Council, first established in 1944, has announced the 2019 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The list was announced today during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

The 2019 Notable Books List selections are:

A new edition of the classic RA guide to genre fiction by Wyatt and Saricks

CHICAGO — Everyone’s favorite guide to fiction that’s thrilling, mysterious, suspenseful, thought-provoking, romantic, and just plain fun is back—and better than ever in this completely revamped and revised edition. A must for every readers’ advisory desk, the new third edition of “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction,” published by ALA Editions, is also a useful tool for collection development librarians and students in LIS programs.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States.

Pearl G. Adzei-Stonnes receives ILL travel grant to conference

CHICAGO-Pearl G. Adzei-Stonnes, Public Services, Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Virginia Union University was selected as one of two winners of the STARS Mentoring Award sponsored by Atlas Systems, administered by the Sharing and Transforming Resources Section (STARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Guerda Baucicaut wins ILL mentoring travel award

CHICAGO-Guerda Baucicaut, Inter Library Loan & Reserves Specialist at the City University of New York was selected as one of two winners of the STARS Mentoring Award sponsored by Atlas Systems, administered by the Sharing and Transforming Resources Section (STARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Kurt Munson named 2018 Distinguished ILL Librarian

CHICAGO—Kurt Munson, Assistant Head of Access Services at Northwestern University Library was selected as the 2018 winner of the Sharing and Transforming Resources Section's (STARS) Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Librarian Award, sponsored by OCLC, administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.

McElroy named 2018 winner of History Research and Innovation Award

CHICAGO—Jennifer McElroy, Reference Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Learning History Research and Innovation Award sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company, administered by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). The award consists of $2,500 to help facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship.