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Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlist Announced!


The American Library Association today announced the six books shortlisted for the 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 United States. The two medal winners will be announced by selection committee chair Nancy Pearl at the RUSA’s Book and Media Awards event at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston on Sunday, January 10.

2016 shortlisted titles include:


H is for Hawk,” by Helen Macdonald, published  by Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, and distributed by Publishers Group West.

Hold Still: A Memoir in Photographs,” by Sally Mann, published by Little, Brown, and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World,” by Andrea Wulf, published by published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, LLC. New York.


The Book of Aron,” by Jim Shepard, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, LLC. New York.

A Little Life: A Novel,” by Hanya Yanagihara, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, LLC. New York.

The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, published by Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, and distributed by Publishers Group West.

This is the first time the Carnegie Medal winner announcements will be made at Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, reflecting a new calendar for the awards, with the shortlist announced in October, the winners in January, and the popular celebratory event continuing at ALA Annual Conference each year. Winning authors each receive $5,000, and the four finalists each receive $1,500.

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.

The Medals 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).

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2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced


Forty books (20 fiction, 20 nonfiction) comprising the longlist for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been selected. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from these 40 titles and announced on October 19. The two medal winners will be announced by selection committee Chair Nancy Pearl at RUSA’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at the ALA Midwinter Meeting from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10 in Boston.


Acevedo, Chantel. The Distant Marvels. (Europa)

Boyle, T. C. The Harder They Come. (Ecco)

Campbell, Bonnie Jo. Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. (Norton)

Clegg, Bill. Did You Ever Have a Family. (Simon & Schuster/Scout)

Cusk, Rachel. Outline. (Farrar)

Enright, Anne. The Green Road. (Norton)

Franzen, Jonathan. Purity. (Farrar)

Gottlieb, Eli. Best Boy. (Norton/Liveright)

Hallberg, Garth Risk. City on Fire. (Knopf)

Hannaham, James. Delicious Foods. (Little, Brown)

Johnson, T. Geronimo. Welcome to Braggsville. (Morrow)

Meno, Joe. Marvel and a Wonder. (Akashic)

Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Sympathizer. (Grove)

Pearlman, Edith. Honeydew. (Little, Brown)

Shepard, Jim. The Book of Aron. (Knopf)

Treuer, David. Prudence. (Riverhead)

Tyler, Anne. A Spool of Blue Thread. (Knopf)

Vollmann, William T. The Dying Grass. (Viking)

Williams, Joy. The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories. (Knopf)

Yanagihara, Hanya. A Little Life. (Doubleday)


Appy, Christian G. American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity. (Viking)

Berman, Ari. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. (Farrar)

Chayes, Sarah. Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.(Norton)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. (Spiegel & Grau)

Fraser, Steve. The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power. (Little, Brown)

Green, Kristen. Something Must Be Done about Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle. (Harper)

Haygood, Wil. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. (Knopf)

Herrera, Hayden. Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi. (Farrar)

Macdonald, Helen. H Is for Hawk. (Grove)

Mann, Sally. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. (Little, Brown)

Marsh, Henry. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery. (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne)

Nabokov, Peter. How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an American Indian Family. (Viking)

Parini, Jay. Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal. (Doubleday)

Sacks, Oliver. On the Move. (Knopf)

Safina, Carl. Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. (Holt)

Schiff, Stacy. The Witches: Salem, 1692. (Little, Brown)

Smith, Patti. M Train. (Knopf)

Weinberg, Steven. To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science.(Harper)

Winchester, Simon. Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers. (Harper)

Wulf, Andrea. Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World. (Knopf)

Find out more about the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

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Volunteer Opportunities with RUSA

The division has a multitude of volunteer opportunities available for its members through RUSA and special interest section committees.

Committee members have the opportunity to:

Please consider volunteering for one or more committee to help us meet our objectives and move RUSA move forward in new and exciting ways. Virtual members are encouraged and welcomed.

Volunteering can be done in just two steps:

Remember, you must be a RUSA member in order to volunteer for committee positions, with your membership current for the duration of your volunteer term. You must also be a section member in order to participate in section committees. RUSA dues are $60 annually plus the cost of ALA membership. Section membership is free for RUSA members. Visit to update your membership record and add RUSA or a section, or call Membership and Customer Service at 1-800-545-2433, option 5.

Questions about volunteering should be sent to the appointing officers listed below.

We look forward to having you as a part of our leadership team!

Alesia McManus, RUSA Vice-President/President-Elect,
Louise Mort Feldmann, BRASS chair,
Daniel C. Mack, CODES chair,
Christina Thompson, History Section chair,
Courtney Greene McDonald, ETS: Emerging Technologies chair,
Amy Elizabeth Rustic, RSS chair,
Heidi Nance, STARS chair,

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2016 RUSA Achievement Awards: Call for Nominations and Submissions

Beginning Sept. 1, 2015 the RUSA is seeking nominations for its annual series of awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 4, 2015.

RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. With over $30,000 generously donated annually by industry sponsors, RUSA has, and will continue to, nominate, select and honor the very best in the field of reference and user services.

Achievement awards for individuals and groups:

Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor, recognizes an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of reference librarianship. $5,000* and a citation.

Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. $3,000* and a citation.

NoveList’s Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award recognizes a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services. Sponsored by NoveList; $1,250* and a citation.

John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, the winner receives a plaque.

Reference Service Press Award recognizes the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal, during the preceding two-volume year. Sponsored by Reference Service Press; $2,500* and a plaque.

BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. $3,000* and a citation.

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

Zora Neale Hurston Award honors an individual ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature. Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers; the winner receives $1,250* supporting travel to the ALA Annual Conference, a beautiful plaque, two tickets to the United for Libraries author events: The Gala Author Tea and The Laugh’s On Us, and two complete sets of Zora Neale Hurston’s books and audiobooks.

ETS My Favorite Martian Award is a citation presented annually in recognition of excellence in service to the Emerging Technologies Section of RUSA. The winner receives a citation.

Genealogy and History Achievement Award Sponsored by ProQuest, is presented to a librarian, library or publisher, and recognizes professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship. $1,500* and a citation.

RSS Service Achievement Award is presented annually to a member of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section. The winner receives a citation.

Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award is given to an individual for his or her outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. Sponsored by OCLC; $2,000* and a citation.

Travel awards to the ALA Annual Conference:

BRASS Student Travel Award presents funds to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel the ALA Annual Conference. $1,250* and a citation. This award’s nomination deadline is Jan. 15, 2016.

BRASS Global Financial Data Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award is presented to a new librarian in the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Global Financial Data; $1,250* and a citation.

Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award offers funds to a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Morningstar, Inc.; $1,250* and a citation.

STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Award offers ALA Annual Conference travel assistance funds to a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing. Sponsored by Atlas Systems; $1,250* and a citation.

Research grants:

Gale Cengage Learning History Research and Innovation Award is granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $2,500* and a citation.

BRASS Emerald Research Grant Award, is presented to an individual or group seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. Sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing; $5,000* and a citation.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson—access committee contact information by logging in at, then accessing the RUSA roster webpage—or to the RUSA headquarters staff.

More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found on RUSA’s awards webpage.

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