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BREAKING – ALA unveils shortlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

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The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. As part of an announcement and medal presentation event at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco in June, each winning author will receive $5,000, and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

Selected 2015 shortlisted titles are:

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. Published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House.

Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama, delivers a passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Published by Henry Holt.

Kolbert combines travel adventures, lucid science, and informed and awestruck descriptions of natural wonders, from rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef, to forthrightly address the deleterious impact our use of fossil fuels is having on the very fabric of life.

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, by Lawrence Wright. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC.

Pulitzer-winning journalist Wright presents a riveting blow-by-blow analysis of the historic 1978 meeting between Egypt and Israel brokered by then-president Jimmy Carter. A moving testament to the art of diplomacy that almost invites optimism, even as prospects for peace in today’s Middle East dim.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Through the intertwined stories of a sightless French girl and a German soldier, Doerr masterfully and imaginatively re-creates the harsh conditions in WWII-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.

Nora Webster, by Colm Tóibín. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

In Tóibín’s remarkably subtle, witty, and affirming story, the Ireland of four decades ago and the conundrums women faced are beautifully evoked through events in the three-year widowhood of fortysomething Nora Webster.

On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-rae Lee. Published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA).

As young Fan searches for her missing boyfriend in an America devastated by climate change and a pandemic, Lee brilliantly imagines extreme survival tactics, psychological trauma, and the resurrection of art and its solace.

The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Brad Hooper, Adult Books Editor at Booklist and winner of the 2015 Louis Shores Award for excellence in reviewing, serves as chair of the 2015 awards selection committee.

The awards are made possible, in part, by 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, and are co-sponsored by ALA’s Booklist Publications and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Annotations and more information on the finalists and the awards can be found at http://www.ala.org/carnegieadult.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

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2015 Elections

The following RUSA members will be running for election for RUSA offices in the 2015 Elections. Please join me in thanking these members for agreeing to stand for election for an RUSA office. And be sure to vote in the Spring elections! Voting begins on March 24, 2015 through May 1, 2015 @ 11:59 PM CDT.

RUSA

VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

– Celia Ross
Associate Librarian, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI

– Anne Houston
Director of Teaching, Learning & Research, Smith College Libraries, Northampton, MA

 

SECRETARY

– Kelley Lawton
Head, East Campus Libraries, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

– Kate Oberg
College & Career Librarian, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA

 

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

– Jennifer C. Boettcher
Business Bibliographer, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

– Ed Garcia
Library Director, Cranston Public Library, Cranston, Rhode Island

– Kate Kosturski
Institutional Participation Coordinator, UK and Northern Europe, JSTOR/ITHAKA, New York, NY

– Mary Mintz
Associate Director for Outreach, American University Library, Washington, DC

DIVISION COUNCILOR

– Sarah J. Hammill
Distance Learning Librarian, Florida International University, Miami, FL

– David Lincove
History, Political Science, Public Affairs & Philosophy Librarian, Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, Ohio


BRASS

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Louise Mort Feldmann
Business Librarian, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, Colorado

– Michael R. Oppenheim
Business Research and Collections Librarian, Rosenfeld Management Library, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, Los Angeles, California


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Jared Michael Hoppenfeld
Business Librarian, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, Texas

– Penny Scott
Reference Librarian/Business Liaison, 2003-Present, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


CODES

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Daniel C. Mack
Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

– Joseph Yue
Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences and Reference Collections, Non-Governmental and International Organization Information, (US) State and Local Government Documents, University of California, Los Angeles, CA


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Jannie R. Cobb
Library Media Specialist, Oxon Hill Elementary School, Oxon Hill, MD

– Emily Hamstra
Learning Librarian, Kinesiology Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan

– Alicia Ahlvers
Collection Management Librarian, Henrico County Public Library, Henrico, Virginia

– Matthew J. Wayman
Head Librarian, 2008-Present, Ciletti Memorial Library, Penn State Schuylkill, Schuylkill Haven, PA


HISTORY

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Joshua Lupkin
Chief Bibliographer for the Humanities, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

– Christina Thompson Shutt
Public Services Librarian & College Archivist, Hendrix College, Conway, AR


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Olga Perkovic
Research and Advanced Studies Librarian, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

– Melissa Finley Gonzalez
Head of Reference, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL

SECRETARY

– Helene Lafrance
Head of Instruction, Research, and Outreach, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

– Jennifer Eileen McElroy
Reference Specialist (2013 – present), Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.


MARS: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN REFERENCE SECTION

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Jones, Shannon D.
Assistant Director for Program Development and Resource Integration, Medical University of South Carolina Library, Charleston, SC

– McDonald, Courtney Greene
Head, Discovery & Research Services, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, IN


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Coleman, Jason
Undergraduate and Community Services Librarian, Kansas State University Libraries, Manhattan, Kansas

– Boatright, Beth
Information Services and Instruction Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN


RSS

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Amy Elizabeth Rustic
Associate Librarian/Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State University, New Kensington, PA

– Jason Gregory Kruse
Undergraduate Services Librarian, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Sally Dockter
Head, Reference & Research Services, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

– Ellen Keith
Director of Research and Access/Chief Librarian, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL


STARS

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

– Charla M. Gilbert
Director of Planning and Branch Operations, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

– Heidi Nance
Head, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services and Collection Management Services Strategic Projects Librarian, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

– Kerry Keegan
Customer Service Agent, Atlas Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Good luck, candidates!

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RUSA MARS section names Debbie Bezanson winner of service achievement award

The MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected the winner of the 2015 service achievement award.

The My Favorite Martian Award, which offers a citation to a member of the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section who has contributed exceptional service to the section, was given to Debbie Bezanson, associate university librarian for research and user services, George Washington University Libraries. She was selected for her tireless advocacy for the section and her service as a role model for collaborative teamwork and leadership.

“The MARS Achievement Award serves an important role in the community of dedicated librarians that contribute to MARS. This award honors the service and contributions of our most outstanding members,” said section Chair Stephanie Graves. “Recipients have served selflessly to bring high quality programming and services to the MARS community and the library profession. This award recognizes the hours of labor and leadership that recipients have dedicated to our section.”

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RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section selects achievement award and grant winners

The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA has selected the winners of the 2015 achievement awards, research and travel grants that recognize the profession’s most exceptional librarians, libraries and projects involving business reference services today.

The Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award, which consists of a citation and $1,250, is awarded to an individual new to the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. Grace Liu, business reference librarian at the University of Maine, was selected as this year’s recipient.

The Emerald Research Grant Award, sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing, consists of one $5,000 grant awarded to an individual or team seeking funding support to conduct research in business librarianship. Jason Dewland, assistant librarian and Cindy Elliott, engineering and innovation librarian, University of Arizona were selected for their study, “Review of Research Methods Employed by Start-Ups,” which will identify networks of new businesses that can be targeted for data collection and to identify the research practices and information needs of new start-up businesses.

The Gale Cengage Learning Excellence in Business Librarianship Award, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, offers $3,000 to a librarian providing outstanding business reference services. Peter Z. McKay, business librarian, University of Florida is this year’s winner for his innovative development of online business collection development, instructional resources, service to BRASS and his invaluable contributions to the profession.

The Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning, offers $1,250 in travel funds to the ALA Annual Conference and a one year BRASS membership to a student in an accredited MLIS program. Sara F. Hess, MLIS candidate, University of Michigan School of Information, was named as this year’s recipient.

The Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, sponsored by Morningstar, offers $1,250 to a public librarian providing business reference services so they may attend the ALA Annual Conference. Barbara Alvarez, business liaison librarian, Barrington Area Library (Illinois) was selected for her extensive range of activities in support of the local business community, including one-on-one appointments to assist business professionals and entrepreneurs, podcasts, as well as maintaining a business blog and a SlideShare account with business database tutorials.

“Congratulations to this year’s BRASS award winners. We look forward to celebrating with them in June at the RUSA Awards Reception. I would like to sincerely thank the members of our award committees for their hard work in selecting the winners and to all of our generous sponsors for their support,” said BRASS Chair Todd Hines. “We know that vendors have many options for spending their outreach money and we are extremely appreciative to the BRASS award sponsors: Gale Cengage Learning, Emerald Group Publishing and Morningstar.”

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