Literary Tastes

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RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) is the home for readers advisory and collection development librarians within the American Library Association. Throughout the year, CODES hosts several events that celebrate the best writing and reference publications of the year. We welcome participation in these events from book lovers of all areas of the library profession, and from members of the public, too!

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Literary Events

Literary Tastes Author Program: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

8:00-10:00a.m. on Sunday, June 30
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago
Room S103bc

Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their works and the craft of writing while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program.
This year's authors: 

  • Peter Heller, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book “The Dog Stars” (Knopf)
  • Jonathan Tropper, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book “One Last Thing Before I Go” (Dutton)
  • Matti Friedman, author of “The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible” (Algonquin), winner of the 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature
  • Lyndsay Faye, author of “The Gods of Gotham” (Putnam), the top pick for The Reading List’s Mystery category in 2013.

Follow the event on Twitter with hashtag #literarytastes or by following us at @ala_rusa

Add Literary Tastes to your conference schedule.

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Awards Ceremony

Sunday, June 30, 2013, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Event Code: RUS2

Add the event to your conference schedule and purchase your tickets now!

The Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist has been announced--check it out here!


Follow the event on Twitter with hashtag #ala_carnegie.

RUSA Book & Media Awards Reception

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Liberty Ballroom A

Book lovers of all stripes are invited to gather at the RUSA Book & Media Awards reception at the ALA Midwinter Meeting where we announce the titles selected for the Notable Books List, The Reading List, the Outstanding Reference Sources List, the Sophie Brody Medal for notable Jewish literature, the Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference work and the inaugural winners of The Listen List, a new audiobook award. The event is a part of ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, and meeting registrants are welcome to attend.

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Tools to Find a Good Book

Find us on Goodreads! RUSA uses Goodreads as a quick way to find our literary awards lists and add them to your to-be-read list. Signing up for Goodreads is free. Once you have an account, search for us—username RUSA CODES or e-mail address—and add us as a friend to start building your list.

You can also check out our literary award winners’ webpages.

Or, visit one of the sites below! This list was compiled via RUSA member recommendations. If you’d like to add a site to this list, e-mail

  • Booklist Online More than 130,000 book reviews from librarians, book groups and book lovers—from the trusted experts at the American Library Association.
  • Library Journal
  • Kirkus Reviews The world’s toughest book critics.
  • New York Times
  • Jewish Book Council Serves to promote the reading, writing, publication, distribution and public awarenewss of books that reflect the rich variety of the Jewish experience.
  • Overbooked Providing timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction for ravenous and omnivorous readers.
  • Blogging for a Good Book Award-winning book blog from the Williamsburg Regional Library.
  • Shelf Talk The Seattle Public Library blog.
  • Ricklibrarian Reviews by Rick, a reference librarian at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library.
  • Citizen Reader Formerly known as Nonfiction Readers Anonymous; reviews by freelance librarian and indexer Sarah Statz Cords.
  • ShelfRenewal Nobody puts backlist in a corner.
  • BookBrowse “Your home for exceptional books.” Some free resources; membership subscription option.
  • BOOK reMARKS Reviews from the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
  • The Librarian’s Review of Books Book reviews by C.A. Lajos
  • Skokie (Ill.) Public Library Picks from the Readers’ Services Department
  • Reading Addict Slightly skewed book thoughts by seriously dedicated librarians at the Tulsa City-County Library
  • The New Dork Review of Books Twice-weekly book reviews from a guy named Greg in Chicago who I reads mostly contemporary literary fiction with some classics, dude lit and memoir/non-fiction mixed in.
  • Farmbrarian Dedicated to books about sustainable agriculture


Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES)
The Notable Books List
The Reading List
Dartmouth Medal
Sophie Brody Medal
Outstanding Reference Sources List
The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction