David Wright wins NoveList’s Margaret E. Monroe Award for library adult services

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/02/2017


Leighann Wood

Sr. Program Officer

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)


CHICAGO— David Wright, Readers’ Services Librarian at Seattle Public Library, was selected as the 2017 NoveList’s Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award winner for his outstanding contributions to readers’ advisory and adult services.

As a passionate and influential library practitioner, Wright embodies what it means to be a true Readers’ Advisor through his writing, teaching, and particularly through his daily practice of working with readers at the Seattle Public Library. A practiced speaker, Wright is known for his witty, detailed, and always thoughtful presentations on connecting readers with books and resources that will interest them.

“David really captures the spirit of Margaret Monroe, as a patient teacher, a thoughtful presenter, and, above all, a reflective practitioner in the field of library services to adults,” said Barry Trott, selection committee chair.

Wright is also known as the “he” in the regular Booklist column, “He Reads/ She Reads,”  in collaboration with Kaite Mediatore Stover, also known as the “she”.

Administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and sponsored by NoveList,  this award consists of $1,250 and a citation, which will be presented at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago in June.

The NoveList’s Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award selection committee includes: Barry Trott (Chair), Jennifer C. Boettcher, Larayne J. Dallas, and Diane L. Mohr.

The RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website in April.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library 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. Learn more about the association at rusa.ala.org/update.