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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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Our literary experts take the stress out of holiday shopping!

Browse our readers’ advisory and collection development librarian’s hand-picked award winning books!
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Call for nominations: Zora Neale Hurston Award for demonstrating leadership in promoting African American literature

Do you know someone(s) who should be recognized for their work in promoting African American literature? Could it be you? We encourage you to submit a nomination for the 2015 Zora Neale Hurston Award! The deadline for all nominations is Dec. 14, 2014.

The Zora Neale Hurston Award recognizes any ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature. The winner receives funds to attend the ALA Annual Conference, United for Libraries’ Gala Author tea, and a set of the Zora Neale Hurston books published by Harper Perennial at the time the award is made.

Interested candidates must complete the nomination form; they should also submit a nomination letter that describes their project. Photos, booklists, screen captures, or other forms of illustration of the project must be included. In addition, candidates should submit a brief (250) word essay explaining how attending the annual conference will help further their efforts to support and promote African American literature. Self-nominations are welcome.

Questions about the award should be directed to the committee chair, Deborah Abston, dabston@asu.edu.

Good luck!

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