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Tell Us What You Think And Fill Out The RUSA Review Survey!

Below, please find a link to The RUSA Review: Summer 2014 Survey of our Members

The 2014-2015 year will be one of great opportunities and potential change for RUSA.  We will be developing a new strategic plan, which offers us the chance to craft a new vision for our association and determine how we will focus our attention over the next 3-5 years.

We ask that you please take a few minutes to answer seven questions.  Tell us what you value most about your RUSA membership and share with us how you want to be involved.
Your responses to this survey are extremely important and will provide us with key data that will be used as we enter the strategic planning process.

Any information you include will be managed confidentially. We are committed to continuous improvement in all areas of our association and your participation in this survey is very much appreciated.

Please note that the deadline is July 18th.
Thank you for your time and participation!

The members of the RUSA Review Task Force
Denise Forro
Joseph Thompson (RUSA President)
Kathleen Kern (RUSA Past President)
Kate Kosturski
Chris LeBeau (Task Force Co-Chair)
Cindy Levine
Mary Mintz
Liane Taylor
Christina Thompson
Joseph Yue
Diane Zabel (Task Force Co-Chair)

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Showcase the Andrew Carnegie Medals For Excellence In Fiction And Nonfiction At Your Library, Bookstore And Reading Group!

Only two winners are picked from a shortlist of six titles, from the previous year’s  Booklist  Editors’ Choice and RUSA CODES Notable Books list.

Here’s how

  • Use social media, websites, newsletters, and other communication channels
  • Tweet using #ala_carnegie and join the conversation.
  • Include the link  for more information on the award.
  • Show us your #shelfie! Invite readers to Tweet a shelfie (self + shelf = shelfie) with one of the fiction shortlist titles (pictured below) with #ala_carnegie hashtag! Be sure to track the #ala_carnegie to keep up with current announcements about this year’s awards!

Create Displays

  • Use the free downloadable poster, bookmark it in the “Resources” tab and use the annotations for each title as listed below and quotes from the Booklist reviews.
  • Awards seals are available from the ALA online store.
  • See the links to the publishers’ websites (often including reading guides) with detailed information, discussion questions, and insights on each title.

And The 2014 Finalists Are . . . A Drum Roll Please . . .   

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Finalists:

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

In the wake of his nefarious father’s abandonment, Theo, a smart,13-year-old Manhattanite, is extremely close to his vivacious mother—until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world bereft of gravity, certainty, or love. Tartt writes from Theo’s point of view with fierce exactitude and magnetic emotion. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.

Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

In interlocking stories moving back and forth in time, Danticat weaves a beautifully rendered portrait of longing in the small fishing town of Ville Rose in Haiti. The stories flow seamlessly one into another and are distinguished by Danticat’s luminous prose. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

To the women in the hair-braiding salon, Ifemelu seems to have everything a Nigerian immigrant in America could desire, but the culture shock, hardships, and racism she’s endured have left her feeling like she has “cement in her
soul.” Americanah is a courageous novel of independence, integrity, community, and love.
More information about the author/book, a Reader’s Guide and an author Q&A. Read the Booklist review.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists:

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, published by Simon & Schuster.

This masterful study examines the complex relationship between two presidents, Roosevelt and Taft, who played major roles in the Progressive movement of the early twentieth century. Acclaimed historian Goodwin offers a superb re-creation of a period when many politicians, journalists, and citizens of differing political affiliations viewed government as a force for public good. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.

On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History, by Nicholas A. Basbanes, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

Combining crisp technical explanations with vivid historical and contemporary profiles, Basbanes unfolds the two-thousand-year story of paper, revealing in the process that paper is nothing less than an embodiment of humanity.
More information about the author/book Read the Booklist review.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink, published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc.

As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Fink’s breathtaking account of the storm and what happened at
Memorial offers a fascinating look at how people behave in times of crisis. More information about the author/book. Read the Booklist review.

For more Information on the Andrew Carnegie Medals and How you can Showcase them, click here.

About Booklist
Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers’ advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes a growing archive of 160,000+ reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.
About the Awards
These awards were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year, and are ALA’s first single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. The finalists and eventual winners reflect the expert judgment and insight of the seven-member selection committee of library professionals who work closely with adult readers.

The awards are co-sponsored by Booklist and RUSA (Reference and User Services Association,) who provide the longlists of selected titles from the previous year’s RUSA CODES Notable Books and Booklist’s Editors’ Choice. The awards are funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world.



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RUSA’s ALA Annual Conference Highlights!

REGISTER for ALA Annual Conference NOW!

RUSA’s ALA Annual Conference Highlights:

  • RUSA Preconferences, Friday, June 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Business, Genealogy and Reference, all at their best!
  • RUSA 101, Friday, June 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. New to RUSA? Interested in joining? Want to connect with other RUSA members at the start of conference? RUSA 101 is the place to be! We’ll raffle off some awesome items, too.
  • RUSA President’s Program,Saturday, June 28, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. A thoughtful debate.
  • RUSA Programs, Saturday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reference services and technology at its best!
  • Andrew Carnegie Medals, RUSA Awards and Literary Tastes, Awards, Awards and more Awards!

RUSA Preconferences

Preconference advanced registration ends June 20th!

How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs

This full-day workshop will address common information needs of entrepreneurs, including locating information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both “Main Street” and technology start-ups, and which free or premium resources to use.

Read more    Add to my schedule

History Genealogy
This all-day preconference addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with genealogical patrons, volunteer, scholars, or educators. Read more

This preconference is a free event, but you must register, please fill out the form here:

Reference Interview
Learn why people do not ask for what they really want, find out about the psychological barriers to asking for help, and discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions. Read more   Add to my schedule

Exclusively RUSA

RUSA 101Free to all conference registrants
Network, Get Oriented, Get Involved

Whether you’re new to RUSA or a longtime member looking for an opportunity to connect with other members and ways to get involved and spend an hour with us before heading off to the opening of the exhibit floor. Refreshments and raffle prizes!
Read more  Add to my schedule
RUSA President’s ProgramFree to all conference registrants

Our Values, Ourselves: Examining Our Values and What Others Value about Us 

Are our own values and self-perceptions interfering with providing services that our patron communities both need and want?
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Noteworthy and Valuable RUSA Programming – Free to all conference registrants


Turning Books into a Cool New Tool: RA Marketing in the Age of Maker Spaces

Maker spaces and 3D printers are hip and libraries are using them to ensure that they remain relevant and are perceived as keeping up with the latest trends. One of the trends that has not received much attention, however, is the fact that books are still our brand and reading is the main reason citizens view the library as valuable and continue to support it. Read more. Add to my schedule.

Adding Value in Your Community

Smart Investing @your library: Learn how financial literacy programs are increasing libraries social capital. Read more Add to my schedule

 Code4ILL: How to Grow Your Own Innovation for Resource Sharing

Emerging technologies in ILL and Document Delivery now permit an unprecedented amount of scripting and coding development in libraries, but as resource sharing librarians we’ve only taken advantage of this opportunity in isolated pockets. Read more Add to my schedule

New Directions for Data Visualization in Library Public Services

A wide array of new instructional technologies has joined an increased understanding of the diversity of learning styles to foment new forms of teaching and information sharing. Data visualization is increasingly used in higher education and libraries to organize information, or provide new and innovative ways of disseminating data and learning objective. Read more Add to my schedule

Finding Dead People: Genealogy and Local History Resources for the ILL Practitioner

This program will provide a brief overview of core tools of genealogical research including census records, county histories, family books, and local newspapers. Read more Add to my schedule


 20th Annual Reference Research Forum

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.Read more Add to my schedule

The Nevada Test Site Project: Bringing Primary Resources to Researchers

The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project, developed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Library, is a project dedicated to those ‘affiliated with and affected by’ the ‘nuclear proving ground’ in Nevada. Read more  Add to my schedule


Mad Men: The Business of Advertising
Many companies spend millions on advertising their brands and products, yet data can be hard to find. Specialized sources, available at many large libraries, focus on these statistics. The information they contain can be used by business students, researchers, or the general public. Read more Add to my schedule

Labor Solidarity in a “Right-to-Work” State
The rich labor history of Las Vegas will serve as the setting to understand the impact “right-to-work” laws have on the workforce.

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Awards, Authors, Adult Literature & Appreciation! 

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, Dessert and drinks reception. Join speaker, Karin Slaughter and Committee Chair, Nancy Pearl for the announcement and presentation of the third Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. The two winners from the shortlist of six will be announced. Cosponsored by Booklist and RUSA. Caesars Palace, Rooms Octavius 01-04. Read more  Purchase tickets here!    Add to my conference schedule

RUSA Awards Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party, Hang out with RUSA colleagues and celebrate this year’s award winners at the RUSA Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party. 
Read more Free to all conference registrants!  Add to my conference schedule

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year, RUSA will host three award-winning authors — Christopher Buehlman, Daniel J. Brown, Tessa Dare and V.E. Schwab – A conference tradition that features authors from RUSA’s literary awards. Read more Free to all conference registrants!   Add to my conference schedule  #literarytastes

Make Sure To Check Your Conference Scheduler Prior To All Events, Due To Last Minute Updates. 

 For More Exclusively RUSA ALA Annual Conference Information.  

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Show us your #shelfie for a chance to win tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medal awards ceremony!

Librarians nationwide are gearing up for the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas to learn, network and celebrate their passion for reading. This year marks the third annual announcement of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, recognizing the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.


We want you to share our excitement for these outstanding fiction contenders on the shortlist! Readers are invited to Tweet a shelfie (self + shelf = shelfie) with one of the fiction shortlist titles (pictured above) with the hashtag #ala_carnegie, and your name will be entered in a drawing to receive two tickets to the award ceremony in Las Vegas! Contest runs from Tuesday, June 3 through 12:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 6, 2014.

In the following weeks we will be running two more contests, one for a set of non-fiction shortlist titles and another for a pair of tickets to the award ceremony in Las Vegas. Be sure to track the #ala_carnegie hashtag to keep up with current announcements about this year’s awards!

The award ceremony, held on Saturday, June 28 at 8 p.m. at Caesars Palace, will feature selection committee chair Nancy Pearl, award-winning author Karin Slaughter and the 2014 winners. The program is followed by dessert, drinks, and a raffle for the six shortlisted titles.

The shortlist fiction titles are:

“Americanah,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

“Claire of the Sea Light,” by Edwidge Danticat, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

“The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

*One entry per person.

*Winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Announcement at ALA Annual Conference; travel to Las Vegas, conference registration fees and any other expenses are not included.

*Employees of the American Library Association and their families are ineligible.

Ticket information is available on the ALA Annual Conference website.

Unable to attend? Follow the hashtag #ala_carnegie to hear which books win!

Ways to stay in touch and get updates and ongoing information include the Annual Conference website; Twitter @alaannual and #alaac14; Facebook; Pinterest; Google +; and Tumblr

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