RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee
As of this writing, the proposal form for 2014 Midwinter Institutes and 2014 Preconferences and Programs was about to close on May 15. The committee is preparing to review the proposals in advance of its next meeting on Friday, May 24. Recommendations will then be sent on to RUSA Board so that it can approve the slate of programs and budgets when it meets in Chicago during this yearâ€™s Annual Conference.
Many thanks go to this yearâ€™s CPCC members, who have worked through so many of the questions that followed the release of last yearâ€™s ALA Conference Changes Roadmap. It has been a great team effort!
ALA Annual 2013 in Chicago is almost here! See RUSA President Mary Poppâ€™s report for a review of the fifteen fantastic programs organized by RUSA sections and committees, as well as the Business Reference 101 preconference from BRASS on Friday, June 28.
Joe Thompson, Chair
RUSA Presidentâ€™s Program Planning Committee
The committee is putting together the final pieces of this yearâ€™s RUSA Presidentâ€™s Programâ€”one of the major events at this yearâ€™s ALA Annual Conference. We hope to see you at the program on Saturday, as well as the Sunday morning discussion! See below for details.
Saturday, June 29, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Just how well do you know the people who use your library? Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, shares the latest data about how our clientele are interacting with information technology. Learn about patron preferences and behaviors during this program. Then, join Rainie and library leaders on Sunday, 10:30-11:30 A.M. to discuss how the data will influence your library’s future. #rusapres13
Sunday, June 30, 10:30-11:30 A.M.
The discussion continues following the previous dayâ€™s RUSA Presidentâ€™s Program! Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, returns to participate in a discussion with library leaders featuring Emily Ford, David Lankes, Marie Radford, and Joyce Valenza. We will discuss how the Pew data will influence your libraryâ€™s future. #rusapres13
Joe Thompson and Mary Mintz, co-chairs
RUSA Just Ask
RUSAâ€™s Just Ask Committee has been working on several projects, including an upcoming webinar on how to manage change. Several of our members, Julie Strange and Cathay Crosby, have been working on a pilot Ask Campaign. Strange, Statewide Coordinator or Marylandâ€™s JustAskNow!, and Crosby, Operations Assistant of JustAskNow!, used the tenth anniversary of the service as a starting point. Their Ask Campaign, loosely based on the READ campaign, will feature library patrons holding a sign with a question asked through JustAskNow!. These will be turned into materials used to promote reference service. Crosby posted about their experience in ALA Connect along with some more background info on the JustAskNow! website.
Elizabeth Stephan and Diana Schonrock, co-chairs