Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction Longlist Announced!

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction were established by Carnegie Corporation of New York and ALA in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. the previous year. The Medals and the lists leading up to the selection of the winners serve as a guide to selecting quality reading material.

Forty-four books comprising the “longlist” for consideration for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction have been selected from the most recent Booklist Editors’ Choice and RUSA Notable Books List.

Six-title shortlist; three fiction and three nonfiction medals will be announced in late April. The two winners will be announced at ALA Annual Conference in June in Las Vegas. The longlist is available on the awards’ website.

Awards Longlist:

Start reading these 2014 longlist titles now to count down to the shortlist announcement this spring! The titles under consideration for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are:

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. (Knopf)

Atkinson, Kate. Life after Life. (Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur)

Barrett, Andrea. Archangel. (Norton)

Bass, Rick. All the Land to Hold Us. (Houghton)

Danticat, Edwidge. Claire of the Sea Light. (Knopf)

Eggers, Dave. The Circle. (Knopf)

Garey, Juliann. Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See. (Soho)

Gilbert, Elizabeth. The Signature of All Things. (Viking)

Harding, Paul. Enon. (Random House)

Horn, Dara. A Guide for the Perplexed. (Norton)

Hosseini, Khaled. And the Mountains Echoed. (Riverhead)

Jansma, Kristopher. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards. (Viking)

Koch, Herman. The Dinner. (Hogarth)

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Lowland. (Knopf)

Marra, Anthony. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. (Hogarth)

McBride, James. The Good Lord Bird. (Riverhead)

Messud, Claire. The Woman Upstairs. (Knopf)

Ozeki, Ruth. A Tale for the Time Being. (Viking)

Shacochis, Bob. The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. (Atlantic Monthly)

Silber, Joan. Fools. (Norton)

Tartt, Donna. The Goldfinch. (Little, Brown)


Anderson, Scott. Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East. (Doubleday)

Arana, Marie. Bolivar: American Liberator. (Simon & Schuster)

Aslan, Reza. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. (Random House)

Basbanes, Nicholas. On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History. (Knopf)

Beam, Cris. To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care. (Houghton)

Berg, A. Scott. Wilson. (Putnam)

Brown, Daniel James. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. (Viking)

Buruma, Ian. Year Zero: A History of 1945. (Penguin)

Fink, Sheri. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. (Crown)

Fox, Margalit. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code. (Ecco)

Garfield, Simon. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. (Gotham)

Goodwin, Doris Kearns. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. (Simon & Schuster)

Hilburn, Robert. Johnny Cash: The Life. (Little, Brown)

Koerner, Brendan I. The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking. (Crown)

Labor, Earle. Jack London: An American Life. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Lepore, Jill. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. (Knopf)

Morell, Virginia. Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures. (Crown)

Packer, George. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Roach, Mary. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. (Norton)

Rodriguez, Richard. Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography. (Viking)

Schlosser, Eric. Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. (Penguin)

Solnit, Rebecca. The Faraway Nearby. (Viking)

Wright, Lawrence. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. (Knopf)

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

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RFP Issued for Branding of the Reference and User Services Association

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has issued an RFP for a branding consultant to oversee rebranding of RUSA. A marketing and communications consultant will be selected for this rebranding project.

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. RUSA supports excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers’ advisory, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library.

Project deliverables include new logos, a detailed brand package, and ready-to-use templates for a host of collateral materials. A complete version of the RFP is available for download from the RUSA website and follows this announcement. Applicants must submit three (3) copies of the proposal as well as one electronic copy sent via email as a PDF file to Marianne Braverman,, at:

Marianne Braverman
American Library Association
50 E. Huron
Chicago IL 60611

Proposals must be received by Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Email submissions must have “RUSA Branding RFP” in the subject line of the message. Proposals not received by the date and time specified may not be considered and will be returned to the sender marked “LATE RESPONSE.” Faxed submissions will not be accepted. Contact RUSA Executive Director Susan Hornung,,  or (312) 280-4395, with any questions about the RFP content or submission process by March 3, 2014.

Request for Proposal

Branding for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

Project Description

Objective:  This is a project to oversee rebranding of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). A marketing and communications consultant will be selected for this rebranding project. The successful contractor will facilitate an identity/branding (re)design process for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), produce a work plan to develop the brand and graphic identity, and deliver an executable brand package.  The rebranding objective is to:

  • Reintroduce RUSA to the reference and user services members and potential members in a way that allows them to see association membership as a crucial asset to their professional and career development
  • Position RUSA as an exciting, fun, and progressive association to which to belong
  • Position RUSA as a unique, active and cutting edge division of ALA 
  • Position RUSA as the premier association in the reference and user services field
  • Position RUSA as the Best National Peer Network in the reference and user services field
  • Position RUSA as the premier association for those who love books for adults
  • Position RUSA as  the premier association to belong to if you are a librarian/library staff/library student with an interest in a business libraries, collection development, emerging technologies and applying them to reference and user services, archiving, historical resources, genealogy, or sharing and delivering of resources

 Scope:  RUSA is in need of a distinctive image that will be able to be used for years to come.    Specifically, we are looking for:   

  1. Implementable recommendations that will  enhance and strengthen the brand image of RUSA
  2. New organization logo, tag line and theme that captures the value of belonging to the association
  3. Detailed brand package including fonts, brand assets, other graphic elements, and color palettes for a host of collateral materials listed in detail below.
  4. Branding package standards and usage guidelines

 In addition, the rebranding work is expected to seamlessly inform RUSA’s website design. The development of standards and usage guide should be developed with that in mind. Some market research regarding RUSA’s brand positioning, audiences, and attributes has been completed but may need to be revisited and updated.

 Estimated Project Duration: 



March 14, 2014                Goal: Proposals Due

March 31, 2014                Goal: Begin Finalists Interviews

April 7, 2014                      Goal: Consultant Selected

April 28, 2014                   Goal: Committee Formed

June 28, 2014                   Goal: Consultant Meeting with Committee and RUSA Board during Annual Conference of the American  Library Association in Las Vegas, NV

July 31, 2014                     Goal:  Branding Design Completed

August Virtual Board     Goal: Project Presentation to Board Meeting (date TBA)   

September 1, 2014         Goal: Implement branding plan

Collateral Materials:

 1. New RUSA logos and logos for the six RUSA sections

2. Detailed brand package including fonts, brand assets, other graphic elements, and color palettes

3. Ready-to-use templates for a host of collateral materials including:

a) Business stationery—letterhead, business cards, folders

b) Testimony templates

c) Research/policy white paper template

d) Fact sheet template

e) FAQ brochure template

f) Membership benefits brochure template that can be applied to RUSA and its sections

g) Electronic communications templates—membership e-newsletter

h) Banner for booth/table display

 4. Branding package standards and usage guide

Selection Criteria

 An award, if made, will be to the responsible responder whose proposal is most advantageous to RUSA, taking into consideration price and the other factors set forth in this Request for Proposal. RUSA will not use any other factors or criteria in the evaluation of proposals received.

Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee made up of representatives of the RUSA sections and committees who will recommend one or more candidates for consideration by RUSA Executive Committee. Criteria for evaluation will include but not be limited to:

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in branding design for associations and other non-profits
  • Understanding of usability, best practices, and trends
  • Ability to meet past clients deadlines and operate within budget
  • Recommendations from past clients.

Proposals should include:

  • The name, title, contact details and resumes of the person(s) who are submitting the proposal and who, if needed, can be approached for clarification on the submitted
  • A list of personnel who will work on this project, including their education, experience and qualifications.
  • Summary of branding experience; include examples that illustrate the process from research to package delivery.
  • Proposed approach, detailed work plan, and timeline that describes how you will implement the design and development process for this project.
  • A Project Budget that that includes:

(a) a line-item budget for the stages of development in which you will provide the work described in this RFP, and

(b) an hourly rate for subsequent work that may be required or deemed necessary.

  • A portfolio that showcases your current work, with a strong emphasis on branding or rebranding. 
  • Three references from people who have used your services for branding.

The RUSA Executive Committee may request the consultant to attend a meeting, make a brief presentation, and answer questions regarding their proposals. The RUSA Executive Committee reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. The RUSA Executive Committee reserves the right to cancel the award of the contract at any time prior to the execution of the contract by both parties.

Final acceptance of a proposal will be based on all information from the communications with responders.

Submittal Requirements: 

The deadline for questions is March 3, 2014. Questions must be directed to the RUSA Executive Director,, 312-280-4395 by Monday, March 3, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. 

RUSA requires three (3) copies of the proposal as well as one electronic copy sent via email as a PDF file sent to Marianne Braverman,, at: 

Marianne Braverman

American Library Association


50 E. Huron

Chicago IL 60611 

Responders will be asked to submit samples of previous branding projects and strategies. A consultant will be selected on relevant experience, portfolio samples and other review and assessment criteria per the Request for Proposal (RFP) document. 

Proposals must be received by Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The address for submittals is:

Marianne Braverman

American Library Association


50 E. Huron

Chicago IL 60611 

 Proposals arriving after the time and date for opening will not be considered and will be returned to the vendor unopened. Faxed and/or verbal proposals are not acceptable. The vendor will be solely responsible for ensuring that its proposal is delivered to the correct address in a timely fashion. 

Assumptions and Agreements: 

RUSA complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).   If there is any accommodation needed, please advise the RUSA executive director, Susan Hornung,

RUSA reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals or to waive any informality therein; to accept or reject portions of any proposal; to negotiate with the successful firm; to award the contract based on RUSA’s needs and requirements. 

RUSA also reserves the right to cancel or to reissue the RFP in whole or in part, prior to the execution of a contract. 

RUSA will not be liable for any costs incurred by the Consultant in preparation of a proposal submitted in response to this RFP, in conduct of a presentation, or any other activities related to responding to this RFP. 

RUSA shall have a reasonable opportunity to inspect all service performed by, work produced and portfolio of the Contractor. 

The final timetable may vary from the one included in the original RFP. 

The Contractor is retained solely for the purposes of and to the extent set forth in the proposal. Contractor’s relationship to RUSA during the term of this contract shall be that of an independent contractor.   Contractor is responsible for having all insurance, licenses, permits, etc. which may apply to this type of service. 

All artwork and related material provided as final copy by the Contractor will become the property, without restriction, of RUSA. 

The applicant has the institutional, managerial and financial capability to ensure proper planning, management and completion of the project described in this application and will give the awarding agency, the Board of Trustees of RUSA, access to and the right to examine all records, papers, logos, or documents related to the award; and will establish a proper accounting system in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards and will establish safeguards to prohibit employees from using their positions for a purpose that constitutes or presents the appearance of personal or organizational conflict of interest, or personal gain; will initiate and complete the work within the applicable time frame after receipt of approval of the awarding agency.


February 20, 2014



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We are excited to announce the RUSA Division and Section slate of nominees standing for election in 2014.

They are:

Anne   Beaubien                   
Liane Taylor               

Danise G. Hoover
Stephanie Atkins Sharpe   
William A. McHugh              

Julia A. Martin                       
J. Paul Brothers                     

Arguello, Natasha              
Barsh, Adele L.                           

Dewland, Jason C.                 
Kenly, Patricia E.

Kownslar, Edward                 
Yue, Joseph                              

Wall, Patrick Joseph            
Rue, Charlene                          
Cobb, Jannie R.                      
Crosser, Cynthia                    

Ferree, Curtis                        
Sonsteby, Alec                      

Murray, David C.                 
Wilke, Mary I.                       

Kitchens, Joel D.                    
Vaidyanathan, Chella           
Lupkin, Joshua M.                        

Coleman, Jason Matthew  
Scanlon, Donna                      

Bishop, Chanitra                    

Houlson, Van                         
Torrence, Matt                             

Lentz, Crystal M.                   
Boozer, Donald E.                 

Reinsfelder, Tom                   

Keough, Cathay                    
Yue, Joseph                            

McHone-Chase, Sarah M.  
Christenson, Troy Alan      
Bruno, Tom                             

Moskal, Robin Barnard     
Mak, Collette Gurley          
Clausen, Beth                         

Gibson, Tess                           
Highham, Krista L.               

A heartfelt thank you to all above who are standing for election and donating their valuable time!

Susan Hornung

Executive Director, RUSA

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Register Now for Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for ILL & Reference

RUSA is now offering a new Inter-Library Loan online course:“Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for ILL & Reference,” with Christina Baich & Collette Mak! This is a four week course taking place on Thursdays, Feb. 3-28, 2014, 1-2pm CST.

Description: Users expect the impossible. “Xtreme Bibliographic Searching” for reference and interlibrary loan will show you sources and techniques to make the impossible possible. Bad citations, international publications, unpublished works, extremely old and extremely new materials may not be lost causes for a skilled searcher with a few tricks and tools. This four-week class, taught by Christina Baich from IUPUI and Collette Mak from Notre Dame will take you from Mansel Pre 56 to Digital Repositories, DOAJ to Trove to HathiTrust. Don’t know those terms? This course is for you!

The Method: Lecture, demonstrations, homework with student presentations of solutions

The Need: increasingly ILL operations are run by clerks without formal training resulting in an over reliance on WorldCat and licensed content.

This course goes beyond the basic tools to creative problem solving—using traditional tools in untraditional ways to fill requests. Content covered:

•          Reading a MARC record

•          General MARC (which chunks describe the content, which describe the format, where the standard numbers are)

•          Searching Monographs

•          Monographic series

•          CIP

•          Articles cataloged as books

•          Conference proceedings

•          Dissertations

•          Chapter level information

•          Serials

•          Abbreviations

•          Title changes

•          Holding statements

•          Fixing citations

•          Google, publisher sites without passing the paywall

•          Untraditional tools, LinkedIn,, PubMed, Google scholar Finding and communicating with authors

•          Linked in,, other sources

•          How to approach authors for best results Open Access Resources

•          Open Access journals

•          Open Access requirements in the US

•          Digital repositories Member sites for non-members

•          HaithiTrust

•          CRL Old school—NUC Locating international publications

Learning Outcomes

•          Ability to correct bad citations using Google scholar, PubMed, publisher web sites and other freely available web sites

•          Ability to search and use resources such as HathiTrust and CRL, even if the library is not a member, as bibliographic verification tools

•          Ability to use institutional repositories , Open Access resources, social network sites such as LinkedIn and as bibliographic verification tools and fulfillment sources


•          Tina Baich, interlibrary loan librarian, IUPUI University Library

•          Collette Mak, head of resource access and delivery, University of Notre Dame, and formerly resource sharing product manager at OCLC


Feb. 3 – 28, 2014

Live sessions are on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. CST.


•          $130 for RUSA members

•          $175 for ALA members

•          $210 for non-ALA members

•          $100 for student members and retired members

Course Format

ALA will use Moodle for all online educational courses. Learn more about Moodle at

The Moodle login instructions will be sent the Friday before the start date. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any assignments and submit the course evaluation survey.

***The live sessions will be offered using Adobe Connect. Please ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player Version 10.1 or later on your computer. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.

 You can test your settings to verify that your computer is configured properly to participate in the live sessions.

You will receive access instructions from Andrea by Friday. If you registered after Friday morning, you should have the instructions by Monday morning.

How to Register

•          Online

•          By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538

•          By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, RUSA Web Manager, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!

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