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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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New online courses and webinars!

Online Courses

Business Reference 101 
September 22 – October 17, 2014
Feel more confident when faced with a business reference question and demystify SIC and NAICS codes, ROI and 10k’s!
Read more.  Register now!

Reference Interview
September 22 – October 31, 2014

This course focuses on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Economic Data on the Web 
October 6 – November 2, 2014
Students will be given background information on economic concepts and terms essential to understanding economic reference questions. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping 
October 6 – 26, 2014

This three week course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users. Read more. Register now!

Readers’ Advisory 101
October 13 – November 30, 2014 (Chats on Thursdays, Time 3 p.m. CST)
Be more comfortable using readers’ advisory services. RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal, and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Read more. Register now!

Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for Interlibrary Loan & Reference
Fall (TBD), 2014 (Live Sessions on Thursdays, Time 1 p.m. CST)
This four-week class, will take you from Mansel Pre 56 to Digital Repositories, DOAJ to Trove to HathiTrust. Don’t know those terms, then this course is for you!
Read more. Registration not open yet.

Genealogy 101
Fall TBD, 2014
An introduction to American genealogy reference service, the class will give students confidence and skills in assisting family history researchers.
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Reaching Every Patron
Date: TBD, 2014
CEU credits available! 
This course will include introductions and discussions about assessing which population your library wants to create inclusive and accessible programming.Read more. Registration not open yet

 

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RUSA Preconference. Register Now!

Reference Interview
Reference Interview is a comprehensive course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need.  You will learn why people do not ask for what they really want, and explore the psychological barriers to asking for help. You will also discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions.  This preconference covers techniques for in-person, telephone, and chat/IM reference services, and will be valuable for staff at any level of experience.

Reference Interview is tailored for support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians and those librarians who want to brush up on their interview skills.

Friday, June 27, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean at California State University, Fresno
Nicolette Sosulski, Business Librarian, Portage District Library
Register here!

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BREAKING NEWS: 2014 Outstanding Reference Sources winners announced!

The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2013 have been named to the 2014 Outstanding References Sources list.  Sponsored by RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries.

The 2014 winners are:

American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document collection.  Spencer C Tucker, Editor; ABC-CLIO publisher

The Literature of Propaganda, Thomas Riggs, editor.  St. James Press/Gale Cengage publishers

Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Jacqueline Edmondson, Editor. Greenwood, publisher.

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency: A Historical Reference. Nancy Beck Young, editor. Facts on File, publisher

A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to the Present Day. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora, editors. Princeton University Press, publisher

Frogs of the United States and Canada, C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. author. Johns Hopkins University Press, publisher.

Encyclopedia of the Mind, Harold Pashler, editor. Sage Reference, publisher.

Almanac of American Military History. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO, publisher.

The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Case, editors. University of Illinois Press, publisher.

And though the title did not meet the criteria for our award, the committee wanted to publicly acknowledge Proquest for continuing publication of the Statistical Abstracts of the United States, an invaluable source to all libraries.

The winners were selected by the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee, whose members include Curtis Ferree, Chair, Fairfield University, Shelley Arlen, University of Florida, Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Central Methodist University, Julie Eliot, Indiana University South Bend, Annie Fuller, University City Public Library, University City, MO, Adam Jackman, Pierce County Library, Washington, Jessica McCullough, Connecticut College, Daniel Pennell, University of Pittsburgh, Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University, MN, Kathi Woodward, The Library Center, MO

 

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.  Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership. Learn more about the association at www.ala.org/rusa.

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