Letâ€™s get in touch, and get social!
Are you connected? Stay in touch with these RUSA communication tools:
- Bookmark the RUSA blog
- Like RUSA on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter
- Subscribe to RUSA-L, our division listserv, or one of our section listservs
- Keep your membership information current so that you continue to receive communications–make updates by logging in at ala.org or by contacting the membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 545-2433, option 5
Reference and User Services Quarterly: Accessing the journal
Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), a quarterly benefit of RUSA members, is an all-digital journal available online via Metapress; however, you will need to set up a Metapress account. Complete, detailed instructions for accessing the journal can be found on the RUSA website or visit www.ala.org/rusa, then float over the â€œCommunicationsâ€ button near the top left portion of the page, and scroll down to â€œRUSQâ€. If you run into challenges with journal access, contact email@example.com for assistance.
Once youâ€™ve accessed the journal, make sure to check out the following content for volume 52, issue 4:
- The library profession, and RUSA, lost an important member this winter with the death of former RUSQ editor Connie Van Fleet. In the editorâ€™s column in this issue, Connieâ€™s colleagues, students, and teachers remember her and her wide ranging interests.
- Victoria Caplingerâ€™s column on readersâ€™ advisory (RA) from the catalogerâ€™s perspective should provoke some useful discussion on improving RA services in libraries of all sorts.
- Other columns and articles explore Google Scholar, the role of the reference desk, and readersâ€™ advisory in academic libraries.
Call for online learning proposals!
Proposals for webinars and online courses are being accepted through September 1! Thereâ€™s a wide variety of topics. Get the scoop on what weâ€™re looking for, and find links to the submission form here.
MacLeod joins RUSA as Spectrum Scholar intern
RUSA welcomes its Spectrum Scholar, Kirk MacLeod from the University of Alberta! In this role, MacLeod will work with RUSAâ€™s member leaders on various professional and association-related projects, including launching a weekly â€œI Am Aâ€ question-and-answer with a different RUSA member each week and revitalizing the RUSA Ambassadors outreach out to LIS programs. Details here.
Summer Reading: Andrew Carnegie Medals
There are just a few days of summer left to squeeze in some good books, and we think you should make the Andrew Carnegie Medals for fiction and nonfiction part of your lists. This yearâ€™s winners are Richard Fordâ€™s Canada (fiction), and Timothy Eganâ€™s Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (nonfiction). Complete winner information is on the RUSA blog.
Student-to-staff: A snapshot of the 2013 ALA Annual Conference experience
Wayne State University MLIS candidate Michelle Scobie, along with fellow library school student Jay Ballenberger of Emporia State University, were a tremendous help in Chicago, providing logistical support at a variety of RUSA events. Read Michelleâ€™s writeup of her experiences on the RUSA blog.
Legislative Issues Task Force
Do you have an interest in legislative issues facing libraries such as funding for libraries, access to research and government information and privacy?
If so, please consider volunteering for a RUSA ad-hoc task force that is charged with 1) identifying legislative issues of concern to RUSA and ways that sections and committees can respond to these concerns, and 2) after identifying issues of concern, making a recommendation to the RUSA Board for further action, including a recommendation for an on-going mechanism for RUSA to stay in touch with legislative issues. The ad-hoc task force will be asked to make a recommendation to the RUSA board by the ALA Annual meeting in 2014.
If you are interested in volunteering for this RUSA ad-hoc task force on legislative issues, please send a statement of interest along with information on your ALA Committee experience to Alesia McManus firstname.lastname@example.org.