“Future of book reviewing” honored with 2009 RUSA Shores/Greenwood Award

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398



For Immediate Release

March 3, 2009

Blogging for a Good Book, a book-reviewing tool created and managed by the Williamsburg (Va.) Regional Library, was selected as the winner of the 2009 Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA)
Louis Shores/Greenwood Publishing Group Award.

The award, administered by RUSA’s
Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), recognizes excellence in book and media reviewing. The library has achieved this distinction through the blog, which uses 2.0 technology such as subject tagging, online catalog integration, RSS feeds and the blog’s commenting feature to encourage conversations between readers and reviewers. This interaction, unlike traditional book review sources and formats, opens up new channels for library communications with a broader number of users and user groups. The result is collection development and readers’ advisory services with impacts resounding far beyond the library stacks.

Blogging for a Good Book serves as a model for book reviewing of the future,” said Vicki Bloom, award committee chairperson and head of reference services, Rivera Library, University of California-Riverside. “By adapting new technology and involving more staff participation, the library has created a service that is immediate, interactive, informative and fun. They have successfully demonstrated that the reviewing process can be used beyond collection development and readers’ service; it also can serve as a conduit for deepening staff involvement, reaching new users, facilitating discussions between library staff and users, building communities of readers and highlighting the overall importance of the library in the community.”

The award, a citation and $3,000 cash prize sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, will be formally presented at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception, scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, July 13, as a part of ALA’s Annual Conference events. The exact location of this event will be announced on the
RUSA website and at the
RUSA Blog in late spring.

A complete listing of CODES and RUSA events at this summer’s Annual Conference, Chicago, July 9-15, can be found at the
RUSA website.

CODES is a RUSA special interest section representing reference and adult services librarians at all types of libraries who are involved with or interested in readers’ advisory or collection development and evaluation. 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. For more information, visit www.ala.org/rusa. Not a RUSA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, RUSA preconferences and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at