Louis Shores Award

Established in 1990, this award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries. Award winners receive a citation.

The son of politically progressive German-Jewish immigrants, Louis Shores taught English at traditionally black Fisk University. In 1933 he became dean of the library school at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn., where he received his Ph.D. (1934) and pioneered courses in audio-visual materials. Later, he worked concurrently as dean of the library school at Florida State University (1941–67) and as consultant to Collier's Encyclopedia.

Nominations

To nominate an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein. Questions should be directed to the committee chair.

The deadline for nominations is December 14, 2014.

Recipients

2014

Francine Graf, managing editor at Choice

2013

NoveList’s NextReads.

2012

Sarah L. Johnson, professor of library services at Eastern Illinois University and author of the blog Reading the Past.

2011

Bill Ott, editor and publisher of Booklist magazine, was selected for his outstanding contributions to the field of reviewing.

2010

Heather McCormack, Managing Editor of Library Journal’s Book Review section and creator and editor of Book Smack!

2009

Blogging for a Good Book, Williamsburg Regional Library

2008

Ann Chambers Theis, creator of OverBooked

2007

Katina Parthemos Strauch

2006

Barbara Hoffert

2005

Ronald Sukenick

2004

Nancy Pearl

2003

Diane Holzheimer

2002

Kathleen K. Piehl

2001

Mary Ellen Quinn

2000

The Internet Scout Project

1999

Brian E. Coutts and John B. Richard

1998

Peter Jacso

1997

Gail A. Schlachter

1996

Cheryl M. LaGuardia

1995

James R. Rettig

1994

H. Robert Malinowsky

1993

William Katz

1992

Frances N. Cheney

1991

Helen K. Wright