BREAKING NEWS: Francine Graf of Choice recognized with RUSA’s Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing

PHILADELPHIA—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2014 Louis Shores Award.

The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium, or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries.

Francine Graf, managing editor at Choice, has been selected for the 2014 Louis Shores Award. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, Choice reviews resources for academic audiences. Graf has worked at Choice since 1982 and has made outstanding contributions to reviewing. During her tenure at Choice, Graf has been a true leader. Graf has been instrumental in Choice Reviews Online from its first iteration. Graf has worked diligently to increase the scope of and access to Choice. Graf was the driving force behind the inclusion of database and website reviews in Choice, she initiated the Internet Resources Newsletter, created the monthly “5 Great Books” feature, and has worked to provide free Choice reviews through social media outlets. Additionally, she is someone her colleagues and readers of Choice continually rely on for guidance and inspiration.

Francine Graf will be presented with the Louis Shores Award at the RUSA Achievement Awards at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The winner was selected by the Louis Shores Award Committee, whose members include Emily Hamstra, Chair, University of Michigan; Edward Kownslar, Texas A&M, Corpus Christi; and Barry Trott, Williamsburg Regional Library.

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