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2015 Notable Books announced: Year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry

CHICAGO — The Notable Books Council has announced the 2015 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of 26 titles written for adult readers and published in the U.S., including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The list was announced today during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

The 2015 selections are:


“All My Puny Sorrows” by Miriam Toews, McSweeneys
How much sacrifice does the love of a sister require?

Year’s most Outstanding Business Reference Sources announced by RUSA's business reference experts

CHICAGO — The annual list of the most Outstanding Business Reference Sources was announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

Guide to Reference in genealogy and biography

CHICAGO — An excellent starting point for both reference librarians and for library users seeking information about family history and the lives of others, “Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography,” edited by Mary K. Mannix, Fred Burchsted and Jo Bell Whitlatch, is drawn from the authoritative database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012.

Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of libraries, to commit to spending just an hour a week advocating for libraries.

Reinventing reference

CHICAGO — Uniquely positioned to connect library users to the information they seek, and thus to the wider world, library staff serving on the front lines of reference have both the power and responsibility, in turn, to position the library as an institution that remains relevant and responsive.

Year's best in books and media for adults unveiled at Midwinter

CHICAGO — All ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to celebrate the announcements of adult literature’s next classics at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago.

RUSA announces Carol Schuetz as the new editor for RUSA Update

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA) a division of the American Library Association, (ALA) announces its new editor for RUSA Update, Carol Schuetz. Carol is the business resources specialist at the Jesse H. Jones Library at Baylor University.

RUSA selects Beth Boatright as 2015 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — Beth Boatright, information services and instruction librarian at the Helmke Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, has been selected as the 2015 Emerging Leader for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Learn to improve book annotation writing skills in new RUSA webinar

CHICAGO — A new webinar from the Reference a­­nd User Services Association (RUSA) will teach readers how to improve their book annotation writing skills. “Book Annotations: Short and Snappy Made Easy” is presented by two team members from NoveList, Shauna Griffin, MLS, and Rebecca Honeycutt, MLS, and will take place at 2:30 CDT, Thursday, Nov. 6. For more information and to register, visit


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