Barbara Hoffert receives Louis Shores-Greenwood Publishing Group Award

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March 20, 2006

Barbara Hoffert receives Louis Shores-Greenwood Publishing Group Award

CHICAGO— Barbara Hoffert, book review editor,
Library Journal, is the recipient of the 2006 Louis Shores-Greenwood Publishing Group Award. The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), administers the award.

The cash award of $3,000 and a citation donated by Greenwood Publishing Group 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.

“Because of the breadth, depth and variety of her activities, the variety of library materials and subjects that she covers, the different libraries that she services, the array of audiences that she attracts and the mixture of media that she uses to convey that information, it is the committee’s pleasure to honor Barbara N. Hoffert,” said Deborah Costa, award committee chair.

Barbara Hoffert began her reviewing and editorial work in 1986 and became editor of the book review section in 1992. She monitors the production of books reviews from final edit to page approval. Producing 5,000-6,000 well written reviews a year, she and her
Library Journal colleagues provide public and academic librarians with a vital tool for collection development in a wide range of subjects.

The award will be presented at RUSA Awards Ceremony on June 26, 2006, from 4 to 6 p.m., during the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.