Mary Burkey, who writes the Booklist column Voices in My Head and our very own Audiobooker column, has won the Louis Shores Award. Her win, announced Sunday at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards, recognizes “an individual who has demonstrated outstanding book and media reviewing for libraries.” Per the announcement:
The audiobook industry is booming, while audio adds increasing value to the consumer marketplace. These trends challenge librarians to adapt to new publishing models and thoughtfully invest in these resources. Mary Burkey’s contribution to librarians and educators working with audio has long been a model. Covering fiction and nonfiction for all ages, she ably traverses its soundscape with judgment and skill, deftly integrating knowledge and passion. Her sustained body of work selecting the best in the field, via award committees, columns, and reviews, reflects her commitment and deep knowledge. Her work supports collection building, positioning librarians to best serve patrons.