Reference and User Services Association

Richard Ford and Timothy Egan win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, which are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Richard Ford’s “Canada” received the medal for fiction, and Timothy Egan’s “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis” received the medal for nonfiction.

Lear’s top-to-bottom handbook for adult programs in the library

CHICAGO — Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library, but also better serving existing patrons. Brett W. Lear’s invaluable guide “Adult Programs in the Library,” published by ALA Editions, is back—and the new second edition is better than ever, with refreshed, expanded content and new ideas to reinvigorate programs and give them a 21st-century spin.

RUSA 101: Network, get oriented and get involved with the Reference and User Services Association

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host RUSA 101, a networking and orientation event for interested, new and current members from 3 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in conjunction with the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Andrew Carnegie Medal winners to be announced at special event at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The announcement and presentation of the second ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s new single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will take place during the ALA Annual Conference from 8 - 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. The event — standing-room only in 2012 — takes place at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom.

Reference, technology and adult literature featured in RUSA programs offered at 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Seeking conference programming covering reference, reference technologies and the best books for adult readers? Look no further than the program slate for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

Registration closing soon for Business Reference 101 preconference offered by RUSA

CHICAGO — New business librarians and reference generalists won’t want to miss “Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship,” a 2013 preconference hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA); registration closes June 21.

RUSA Awards Reception at ALA Annual Conference honors top professionals and projects in reference and adult library services

CHICAGO — Celebrate this year’s winners of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) achievement awards in adult reference and library services at the RUSA Awards Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party, which will be held from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie Room.

Boettcher receives 2013 RUSA BRASS Emerald Research Grant for business reference research

CHICAGO — Jennifer Boettcher, business librarian at Georgetown University, is this year’s recipient of  the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) BRASS Emerald Research Grant Award.

ALA unveils finalists for 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books as finalists for the 2013 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 U.S. Along with a medal presentation at ALA’s annual conference on June 30 in Chicago, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

The 2013 shortlisted titles are:

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