Midwinter Meeting participants invited to celebrate book and media awards

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA




December 15, 2008

For Immediate Release

CHICAGO—All ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to celebrate the winners of numerous awards—including the
Notable Books selections and
The Reading List—at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Reception.

In addition to The Reading List and Notable Book selections—lists that are used by readers advisory librarians nationwide—winners will also be announced for the Dartmouth Medal, the Sophie Brody Medal, the Zora Neale Hurston award and other professional resource lists, including Outstanding Business Reference Sources, Best Reference Sources, Best Free Websites, Best Business Websites and Best Historic Materials.

“RUSA is a leader in collection development and readers advisory services in libraries, and the expert librarians who jury these lists and awards are committed to the creation of excellent collections in all subject areas, print and online, and to the sharing of these great resources with our patrons, “ said Neal Wyatt, RUSA president. “Sunday night has become the place to be for those interested in learning about the best resources and titles published each year, and I am pleased to invite all those interested in these issues to the reception.”

The reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in the Capitol Peak Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton St., Denver, and will offer food and a cash bar. Meeting attendees will find this event listed in the meeting program as the RUSA Awards Recognition Reception.

The literary winners announced at this event will shape the author lineup for the Literary Tastes Breakfast at ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago. Attendees at this ticketed event enjoy a delicious breakfast while listening to author readings. Immediately following the meal, authors will be available for book signings and further discussion of their work.

More information about the award winners and the Literary Tastes Breakfast will be available on the
RUSA website and
RUSA blog following the January event.

Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, 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.