Winter Membership Message: A note from RUSA’s Executive Director

Dear RUSA Members:

With a brand new year coming up, I want to give special thanks to all the RUSA member volunteers who have given so much of their time and energy to carry out all their accomplishments this last year, which enriched our association. One of the biggest thrills of my career, and I hope of yours, has been the creation of the Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction awards. The inaugural award event in Anaheim last June was enormously successful and just full of joy for all book lovers.  Please come to the RUSA/CODES Midwinter Book and Media Midwinter Reception, if you will be in Seattle. The CODES 2013 Notable Books List will be announced at the reception which, along with the Booklist Editors’ Choice titles, helps form the long list that the Carnegie Medals committee reviews.

This event is not to be missed; all of our book and media awards will be announced there. Add the reception to your Midwinter schedule. For a complete list of our many book and media awards, please visit the RUSA website here. You can also track the announcements of the winners on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 27 on our Facebook page or by searching on Twitter for the hashtag #literarytastes. I hope to see you at the reception!

RUSA Midwinter Social at ALA Midwinter Meeting, Seattle
What better way to kick off the new year than having an opportunity to eat, drink, catch up with old friends, make new friends, and learn more about RUSA!  Past, present and future RUSA members are all invited to this event, which will be held Saturday, January 26 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm Grand Hyatt Seattle, room Leonesa I. Appetizers and drinks will be available, and RSVPs are not required, but we’d love to know if you’ll be joining us–add the event to your Midwinter schedule. This event is generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. More information about Thomson Reuters is available at
Town Hall Session at RUSA Board Meeting 1 at ALA Midwinter Meeting, Seattle
All RUSA members are invited to come and share constructive insights, perceptions, comments and thoughts about RUSA at the beginning of RUSA Board Meeting I, January 26, 2012, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm in Room TCC-205 of the Conference Center, which is attached to the Washington Convention Center. For members who can’t attend in person, we offer Connect chat rooms that will be monitored for your input and questions:

Online, Town Hall, at Board Meeting I, Midwinter Meeting, Saturday, January 26, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

We want to hear from you and will use what we hear to help plan the strategic direction of RUSA.
It has been a wonderful year and I want to thank every RUSA member for all their dedicated work and loyalty in helping to make our division successful; it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you!

I wish you all a 2013 filled with happiness and good health!

Best Wishes,


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