Reference and User Services Association

Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown wins RUSA's Zora Neale Hurston Award for leadership in promoting African-American literature

PHILADELPHIA — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown as its selection for the 2014 Zora Neale Hurston Award.

Francine Graf selected as RUSA's Louis Shores Award winner for excellence in book reviewing

PHILADELPHIA — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected Francine Graf, managing editor of Choice magazine, as the 2014 winner of the Louis Shores Award.

The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries.

'Like Dreamers' wins RUSA's Sophie Brody Medal winner for achievement in Jewish literature along with two honorable mentions

PHILADELPHIA — The winner of the 2014 Sophie Brody Medal is "Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation" by Yossi Klein Halevi, published by HarperCollins.

'Mammals of Africa' named RUSA's Dartmouth Medal winner for distinguished reference publication; also named two honorable mentions

PHILADELPHIA – The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced "Mammals of Africa" as the 2014 Dartmouth Medal award winner. The Dartmouth Medal, established in 1974, honors the creation of a reference source of outstanding quality and significance. The award is given to the best new reference source published in 2013.

ALA creates institutional repository

CHICAGO – The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository (ALAIR).  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives. 

FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association announce $1.19 million in grants to public libraries to support financial literacy

CHICAGO — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced $1.19 million in grants to 17 recipients as part of the Smart investing @ your library® initiative.

Holiday shopping made easy with RUSA’s literary tastes

CHICAGO — Need a gift for the book lover in your life? Check out the annual lists of outstanding fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, genre fiction and Jewish literature compiled by the readers’ advisory experts of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

RUSA online courses offer significant value

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has several upcoming online courses that will be of significant value to public, academic and special librarians, as well as library school students; topics to be covered include health literacy and reference, spatial literacy and online mapping and reference interview basics.

Upcoming RUSA CODES Conversation: Asynchronous Readers Advisory

CHICAGO — Asynchronous readers' advisory is the subject of the next CODES Conversations, a listserv-based discussion hosted by the Reference and User Services Association’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (RUSA CODES), the home for adult readers' advisory within ALA.

Nomination period open for 2014 RUSA achievement awards, research and travel grants

CHICAGO — The nomination period is now open for the many achievement awards and conference travel and research grants offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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