RUSA Awards

RUSA Achievement Awards RUSA Book and Media Awards

Please view our Achievement Awards and Book and Media Awards at https://www.rusaupdate.org/awards/

The Reference and User Services Association represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. 

RUSA’s Achievement Awards Program honors the best in reference librarianship and its many specialties. These awards recognize and honor the outstanding professional contributions and achievements of your RUSA peers. This special recognition by RUSA enhances the sense of personal growth and accomplishment of our members, provides our membership with role models, and strengthens the image of our membership in the eyes of employers, leadership, and the librarianship community as a whole.

RUSA is also home to many book and media awards and Best of Lists for adults. Now in the national spotlight with other prestigious literary awards, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are announced at the RUSA’s Book and Media Awards ceremony at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. The year’s best in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, audiobook narration, reference materials and more, are hand-picked by our expert selection committees that work closely with adult readers. Their tireless efforts narrow down hundreds of finalists to curate the highly regarded “Best of” lists used by librarians, publishers and booksellers nationwide.

Questions regarding RUSA Awards may be directed to Sr. Program Officer, Leighann Wood at lwood@ala.org