Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award recipient named

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For Immediate Release

March 2002

Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award recipient named

Kathleen K. Piehl, professor of library services and director of the Center for Children's/Young Adult Books at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the 2002 recipient of the Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award. The award is administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The $3,000 award and citation is donated by Oryx Press, part of the Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., and is given to an individual, team or organization to recognize excellence in the reviewing of books and other materials for libraries.

Established in 1990, the award is named for Louis Shores, editor-in-chief of Colliers Encyclopedia from 1960 to 1981, and dean of the Florida State University Library School from 1946 to 1967. Shores was one of the first and most influential advocates of the use of "bibliographic instruction" in universities, believing that the library serves as the center of instruction for the academic community.

"Kathy began reviewing materials for School Library and Library Journal nearly 25 years ago," stated Susan C. Awe, chair of the award committee. "Kathy is nationally known for her extensive book reviewing and bibliographical research in children's and young adult literature."

The award will be presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 17, 2002, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.