Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 RUSA Book and Media Awards

This past year, I had the honor and joy of serving on two Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) award committees. Both awards are offered under the auspices of the Collection Development and Evaluation Services (CODES) section of RUSA. 

I served as Chair for the Louis Shores Award, an achievement award and as a member of the Listen List, a book/media award award. The winners were decided upon in December 2015, to be revealed in January at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference.

The results of the committee deliberations were announced this evening in Boston, MA during the Book and Media Awards Ceremony. I was sworn to secrecy before although now I can now present the winners. :-)

Louis Shores Award - recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in reviewing materials for libraries. The 2016 recipient is ...
  • Multimedia & Technology Reviews offers incisive, objectively written critical reviews for a variety of free multimedia resources and is readily available online. It's a great resource, you should check it out!

The Listen List - highlights extraordinary narrators and listening experiences that merit special attention by a general adult audience and the librarians who advise them. And the audiobooks chosen for 2016 are ...
  • All Involved by Ryan Gattis. Narrated by Anthony Rey Perez, Marisol Ramirez, Jim Cooper, Adam Lazarre-White, and James Chen
  • All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer. Narrated by Ari Fliakos and Juliana Francis Kelly
  • And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander. Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. Narrated by David Horovitch, Jamie Parker, Joseph Kloska, Alison Pettitt, and cast
  • H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. Narrated by Helen MacDonald
  • The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Narrated by Davina Porter
  • The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant. Narrated by Ozzie Rodriguez and David H. Lawrence XVII
  • The Knockoff: A Novel by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter. Narrated by Alex Wyndham
  • Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma. Narrated by Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin
  • True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel. Narrated by Rich Orlow
Great listening experiences here, folks and wouldn't they make for a great display!  :-)

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