Best of adult reading and reference to be celebrated Jan. 17 in Boston

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

December 29, 2009

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’s (RUSA) upcoming Book and Media Awards Reception at the Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

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, the Louis Shores/ABC-CLIO Award and other professional resource lists, including Outstanding Reference Sources, Outstanding Business Reference Sources and Best Business Websites.

The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in the Rose Kennedy III Room at the Intercontinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Avenue, and will offer food and a cash bar.

The literary winners announced at this event will shape the author lineup for the Literary Tastes Breakfast at ALA’s 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. 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. Event registration opens Jan. 4, 2010 at, and Annual Conference registration is not required in order to purchase a breakfast ticket.

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.

The Reference and User Services Association, 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. Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at