RUSA Webinars: We Await Your Ideas and Proposal Submissions!

Do you have an idea for a webinar you’d like to present as a part of RUSA’s online learning offerings in upcoming months?

We’re seeking proposals for a variety of topics (see a list of ideas below), and hope to receive your submissions before the ALA Annual Conference in June so that our professional development committee can review them in Anaheim.

RUSA webinars are an opportunity for librarians to infuse their year with professional development they can conveniently—and affordably—pursue from the comfort of their home or office. Webinars will take place throughout the year and will cover topics relevant to a broad range of librarians, library staff and library supporters.

Successful proposals will:

  • Show plans for presentations that are 60-75 minutes in length.
  • Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to RUSA members, or represents an area of RUSA’s expertise that benefits other types of librarians. This may include but is not limited to topics such as reference basics; reference for specialized audiences; research, trends and hot topics in readers advisory; information literacy; community partnerships; outreach; partnerships between different types of libraries; government data and related resources; library spaces and assessing future needs; copyright in the digital age; collection development; special collections; tips and tutorials for relevant tech tools; standards and guidelines; genealogy; advocating for reference; resource development; fundraising; marketing; job searching and related resources; book reviewing; and interlibrary loan.


Proposals may be submitted using the online proposal form.
Presenters for accepted proposals will receive compensation for their time and will also receive training for the webinar software. Questions about RUSA or the webinars can be directed to Liz Markel, RUSA marketing and programs manager or Susan Hornung, RUSA executive director at and, respectively.

How to access Reference & User Services Quarterly online
Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) made the transition to an all-digital, online-only format in Fall 2011, starting with Volume 51, Issue 1. The access information published here is also available on the RUSA website, but we’re republishing it here for easy access! Remember, your RUSQ subscription is a membership benefit—if you’re having difficulty with your membership, contact ALA’s Membership and Customer Service team at or 1-800-545-2433, option 5 for assistance.

An e-subscription to RUSQ is a benefit of RUSA membership. Individual and organizational members of the Reference and User Services Association can now access the journal online at You will need to register an account with Metapress in order to enable access.

Are you a non-member organization interested in a subscription to RUSQ? Contact or 1-800-545-2433, option 5.

If you have recently joined RUSA, it will take about six weeks for your member subscription to be activated by Metapress. Contact if you experience any problems.


For Individual Members:
If you have already registered on a MetaPress site, you can use the same MetaPress account to login and view RUSQ.

If you do not have an account registered with MetaPress, follow these steps to create an account and access RUSQ:

  • Visit
  • Click on “Register Individual”
  • Provide your name and email address along with a username and password—the username and password will be different from those you use to login at ALA’s website.
  • During registration, you will see a “Consume Token” section. Within this box, you will need to enter your RUSA access code. Your RUSA code is the letters RUSA followed immediately by your 7 digit ALA member number—no spaces, no dashes. If you don’t know your ALA member number, contact ALA Membership & Customer Service at or (800) 545-2433, option 5. If your ALA member number is less than 7 digits, please include leading zeros, ex. RUSA0012345.
  • After entering the code, click “Register”
  • Once registered, you should see that you are “Recognized as: RUSA member (453-79-372)” on the left side of the screen. If you are not, please contact; make sure to include your ALA member number, your newly registered account information, and let them know you are trying to access RUSQ.

Once you are recognized as RUSA member, you will have full access to all issues of RUSQ! Click on “Current Issue” or “Archive Issue” to browse the content.

For Organizational Members and Organizational Subscribers:
The website for the online version is at If you are already registered for IP authentication from MetaPress, you should see your institution name on the left side of the page. Click on “Archive Issues” to see a list of issues. You should see full green squares next to all issues. If you do not see these squares, please contact  Please let them know you are an RUSA member, and make sure to include your institution’s name and institution’s ALA member ID

If your institution does not have a Metapress account, you’ll need to register your institution with MetaPress. You can do this by contacting support@metapress.comand including the following information in your message:

  • Institution Name
  • ALA Member ID and Paid Thru Date
  • Institution Address
  • City, State/Province and Postal Code
  • Country
  • Phone Number
  • IP Address Or Range
  • Name of Administrator for this account

Need more membership information? Contact ALA Membership and Customer Service at (800) 545-2433, option 5, or

Once your institution is registered with MetaPress as RUSA member, you may click on “Current Issue” or “Archive Issue” to browse the content. You should have full access to all issues.