Message from the Chair

RSS logoRSS Review, Winter 2012

Greetings RSS Members!


ALA Midwinter 2012 was a great success. From the delicious food and good times at the RSS Pancake Breakfast and the RUSA Social, to the lively and informative discussion forums, we attendees really enjoyed ourselves! For those who could not attend, we will be gathering the notes and slides from the discussions and will make them available soon.

In other news, RUSA has purchased licenses to Blackboard Collaborate, the virtual meeting and webinar software. I am working with others across RUSA to develop a scheduling system and guidelines. We hope that in the next few months, we’ll be able to support robust virtual participation across RUSA. RSS will be able to use this software for committee meetings, discussion forums, and webinars.

Also, under the fearless and inspiring leadership of Organization & Planning Chair, Joe Thompson, RSS has several new committees in development! Beginning in July 2012, we will have committees focused on frontline communication strategies and teaching at the point-of-need, health information/medical reference, job and career reference, and young adult reference.

Speaking of committees, it’s appointments season! Our fantastic and energetic Vice-Chair, Sarah Hammill, is starting to contact chairs and make new committee appointments, including appointments to our new committees. If you’re interested in serving on a committee or serving as a RSS representative to a RUSA-level committee, be sure to join RSS-L to stay tuned to appointment-related news. See for instructions on how to join RSS-L.

Lastly, we’re in the final stages of scheduling our discussions, meetings, and programs for ALA Annual in Anaheim (June 21-26). I would like to thank Kate Silton, our organized and talented RSS Scheduler, for her amazing and hard work during this scheduling season. Kate, we couldn’t have done this without you! Thank you!

I wish you all the very best in 2012, and hope to see many of you at the RSS Open House on Saturday, June 23, at 8:00 A.M., in Anaheim!

Best to you,
Liane Taylor
RSS Chair, 2011-2012