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Year’s best in books and media for adults unveiled at Midwinter

All ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to celebrate the announcements of adult literature’s next classics at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago.

This year the event will host special guest Margaret Hawkins, author of “Lydia’s Party” (Viking, 2013). The Chicago-based author has written two previous novels, “A Year of Cats and Dogs” and “How to Survive a Natural Disaster” and a memoir about her sister, “After Schizophrenia: The Story of My Sister’s Reawakening.” Hawkins wrote about art for many years for the Chicago Sun-Times and is currently a senior lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Following the ceremony Hawkins will be there to sign books. You can find more information about the author at www.margarethawkins.com.

Tradition continues with the announcements of the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration, Reading List and Notable Books List—lists that are selected and used by readers’ advisory librarians nationwide—as well as the winners of the Dartmouth Medal for a significant reference source, Sophie Brody Medal for excellence in Jewish literature, Outstanding Reference Sources and many more. Avid readers and book lovers alike are sure to expand their own To-Be-Read lists.

The reception will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1 in the Williford Room of the Hilton in Chicago and will offer food and a cash bar. For those who cannot attend, information about the winners will be posted on the ALA homepage, RUSA blog and tweeted via @ala_rusa and #literarytastes. This event is made possible by our sponsor, NoveList, a division of EBSCO.

The winners announced at this event will shape the author lineup for the Literary Tastes event at ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. Attendees at this free event will enjoy a light breakfast while listening to authors speak about the art and craft of writing. Immediately following the event, authors will be available for book signings. This event is free to all Annual Conference attendees; registration opens Jan. 12, 2015 at www.ala.org/annual.

 

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Deadline extended for some RUSA Achievement Awards

Didn’t have enough time to submit a quality nomination? Here’s your chance!

We’ve extended the deadline to Jan. 4 for the following achievement awards:

We look forward to your submissions!

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Don’t Be Left Out In The Cold!

EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS:

RUSA Midwinter Social 
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 31, 2015 – 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Hilton-Chicago, Williford B. Add to my Schedule.

Book and Media Awards
This year we are featuring speaker, local Chicago author, Margaret Hawkins, who wrote Lydia’s Party (Viking, 2013). The Book and Media Awards reception is one of RUSA’s signature events at Midwinter, co-sponsored with our CODES section. We will share the results of our member volunteers’ hard work selecting the best publications of the year and honor those who have won awards relating to book reviewing, promotion, or publishing. The reception is a lovely event, a great party and our way to thank member volunteers for their hard work and a celebration of the best books and resources of the year. The reception will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2015 – 5:00 to 6:30 PM at the Hilton-Chicago, Williford. Past, present and future RUSA members are invited! Add to my schedule.

RUSA Leadership Development and Speed Mentoring Session
Join a group of experienced RUSA leaders and engage in a fun, interactive “speed mentoring” session. Similar in format to “speed dating”, MLS students, new librarians, and mid-career librarians are invited to participate in this session where they will have the opportunity to gain leadership advice from a number of senior librarians and RUSA leaders on Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Hilton-Chicago, Waldorf. Add to my schedule.

BUSINESS AS USUAL:

Strategic Planning Session
Friday, January 30, 2015; 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
McCormick Place – West 192a
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Board of Directors Meeting I and II
Board I – Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Hilton-Chicago – Grand Tradition
Board II – Monday, February 2, 2015 – 2:00 to 4:00 PM, MCP – W195
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Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, January 31, 2015 – 3:00 to 4:00 PM, Blackstone Renaissance Mayor’s Boardroom
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Budget and Finance Meeting
Sunday, February 1, 2015 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Hilton-Chicago Boulevard C
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Deadline approaching! Nominations being accepted for achievement awards

Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 14, 2014.

Achievement awards for individuals and groups:

Travel awards to the ALA Annual Conference:

Research grants:

*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 www.ala.org, 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.

Good luck!

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