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RUSA’s fall online courses include interlibrary loan, business reference and spatial literacy
RUSA is offering a multitude of online courses this fall including a new course, Interlibrary Loan 101, and CEUs offered for our Health Information 101 course.

Register Online Now  for courses covering the following topics: interlibrary loan, business reference, spatial literacy and online mapping, health information, reference interview skills and genealogy reference. Online learning is an affordable and convenient way to gain skills relevant to your current job or to

Group discounts are available! Rates for two or more registrants from the same library, library network or library system start at $110 per person. Learn more about all of our courses and webinars at the RUSA online learning page.

NEW COURSE! Interlibrary Loan 101
September 17–October 14, 2012; live sessions on Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 PM (CST)
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Topics covered: ILL process, policies and procedures from both the borrowing and lending perspectives, copyright law and licensing impacts on ILL, and ILL resources and systems. Participants will learn standard practices, gain an overview of emerging trends, and practice writing policies for interlibrary borrowing and lending. Live presentations will be held Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:00 PM (CST), with additional asynchronous coursework.

Who should attend: New ILL managers and practitioners in all types of libraries, especially academic and public libraries.
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Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping September 17 – October 7, 2012
Register Now This course consistently sells out, so register early!
In light of the widespread use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology such as Google Earth or Google Map Mashups o communicate information in a map format, it is time to train librarians to not only assist library clients with their inquiries, but to use the technology themselves in their reference work and liaison responsibilities. This three week course will introduce you to a variety of mapping tools and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users.

Who should attend: librarians and library staff from all types of libraries.
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Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS December. 3 – 23, 2012
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This course incorporates the geospatial literacy and mapping skills covered in part one of this two part course and teaches how to apply it in library services: reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and promotion. Topics covered will include map literacy, staff development and training; using maps and GIS in library projects; and a basic introduction to GIS software.

Who should attend: Librarians in any information resource position
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Health Information 101September 17 – October 28, 2012
Register Now CEUs offered! Those who complete the required coursework will receive one continuing education unit. Registration rates for this course are $20 higher than other courses so that we can offer these CEUs for you.
Topics covered include medical terminology, evidence-based biomedical literature searching, health literacy and health outcomes, how to evaluate health and medical websites, consumer health resources, and the business of healthcare.

Who should attend: public librarians; primary, secondary and academic librarians.
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Reference Interview September 17 – October 27, 2012
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A comprehensive course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Other topics include approachability, questioning and listening techniques and the reference interview environment. Chat sessions will model interviewing techniques using sample dialogues.

Who should attend: support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians, and those librarians who want to brush up on their interview skills; topics are of interest to all types of libraries.
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Business Reference 101 October 22 – November 16, 2012
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The course will provide a framework for understanding the business reference process as well as an overview of business reference sources specific to the following areas: company research, small business and industry research, international business, consumer research, business statistics, investing and the stock market. Participants will also have access to proprietary business reference databases such as Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage, Morningstar, IBISWord and ReferenceUSA, among others.

Who should attend: Academic, special or public librarians and other researchers and library staff who have a basic understanding of some business resources but who do not work with them often enough to build expertise.
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Genealogy 101 October 29 – December 1, 2012
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The course will outline basic sources and strategies, centered on a single case study, for American genealogy reference service. Topics covered include the U.S. Census, vital records, immigration research, military research, archival material, print reference tools, online sources and a variety of other basic genealogy sources. Students will also receive instruction in reference desk strategies and tools for further professional development.

Who should attend: reference staff with little or no experience in genealogy, and those seeking skills and confidence for assisting family history researchers.
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