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RUSA News/Announcements

Call for online learning proposals!

Proposals for webinars and online courses are being accepted through September 1! There’s a wide variety of topics. Get the scoop on what we’re looking for, and find links to the submission form here

Online Learning

http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece

Let’s get in touch, and get social!

Are you connected? Stay in touch with these RUSA communication tools:

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 “Communications” button near the top left portion of the page, and scroll down to “RUSQ”. If you run into challenges with journal access, contact support@metapress.com for assistance.

Once you’ve accessed the journal, make sure to check out the following content for volume 53, issue 4.

The Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), presents the following draft guidelines and best practices for feedback. These guidelines and best practices relating to financial literacy education in libraries are the result of a SPARKS! Grant awarded to RUSA by IMLS.

The purpose of these guidelines and best practices is to facilitate the provision of financial literacy education in libraries nationwide. It is intended that these will standardize the content and delivery of financial literacy education programming and services in libraries. This project demonstrates a commitment to ensure that patrons in libraries of all types have access to effective and efficient personal finance reference services and unbiased financial educational programming.

Please send your comments and feedback to the following email:

fle.guidelines.bestpractices@gmail.com

The deadline for comments is Friday, August 22.

Thank you for your careful consideration of these documents.

Advisory Team:

Ted Beck, National Endowment for Financial Education
Lori Burgess, Fond du Lac Public Library (WI)
Judy Chapa, Financial Services Roundtable
Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Robert Ganem, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Chris Lebeau*, RUSA/BRASS Member
Laura Levine, Jumpstart
Elizabeth Malafi*, RUSA/BRASS Member
Kerwin Pilgrim, Brooklyn Public Library
Adi Redzic, iOme Challenge
Dan Rutherford, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
John Spears, Salt Lake City Public Library (UT)
(* indicates also serving on Working Team)

Working Team:

Kit Keller, Project Director
Chris Lebeau, RUSA/BRASS Member
Elizabeth Malafi, RUSA/BRASS Member
Andy Spackman, BRASS Chair

RUSA News/Announcements

2014 Achievement Award winners announced

The 2014 RUSA Achievement Awards have been announced. For full details on the award winners, please see the announcement at ALA News. Winners will be recognized at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception at ALA Annual on Sunday June 29 from 5:00-6:30 PM Sunday, June 29. Additional event details will be available on the RUSA website in April.

Achievement Award winners

Travel and Research Grant Recipients

RUSA Book and Media Awards
The following awards were announced at the RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown from the Duane G. Meyer Library at Missouri State University is the 2014 winner of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, which recognizes an individual that has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature. Selected for her work with the Springfield African American Read-In and Dream Big programs, has exposed diverse audiences to authors, workshops, live readings and celebrations that incorporate African-American authors. Sponsored by Harper Perennial, the award consists of $1,250 to attend the ALA Annual Conference, tickets to the FOLUSA Author tea, and a set of the Zora Neale Hurston books published by Harper Perennial at the time the award is made.

Francine Graf, former Editorial Director of Choice has been named as the 2014 winner of the Louis Shores Award, which honors an individual reviewer, group or editor for their book reviewing excellence for libraries. Graf, retired as of early 2014, was chosen for her outstanding contributions to reviewing for resources for academic audiences. Graf will receive a citation at the ALA Annual Conference.

Mammals of Africa (Bloomsbury), edited by Jonathan Kingdon, David Happold, Mike Hoffmann, Tom Butynski, Meredith Happold and Jan Kalina, was selected as the winner of the Dartmouth Medal, honoring a significant reference publication. This amazing source covers every recognized mammalian species in Africa. This resource will serve as a primary source of information and as a baseline for preserving the biodiversity of this great continent. A medal will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference.

Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation (HarperCollins) by Yossi Klein Halevi was named the winner of the 2014 Sophie Brody Award. The award encourages, recognizes and commends outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. A medal will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference.

RUSA News

RUSA Nominees for 2014 ALA Elections
ALA elections may not be until Spring of 2014, but RUSA already have a full slate.

President-Elect

  • Liane Luckman Taylor
  • Anne Beaubien

Director-at-Large

  • Danise Hoover
  • Stephanie Atkins
  • William McHugh
  • Janalyn L. Moss

For more information about ALA elections, please see ALA Election Information.

Confessions of a reference librarian: IAmRUSA launches interview series
Ever wonder exactly what kind of work members of RUSA do, or maybe which courses they would recommend for students looking for a career in reference or user services?

Each week IAmRUSA will feature a different interviewee for participants to ask questions about their professional careers, their passions and anything else involving librarianship. Hosted by ALA Connect, anyone interested may join the IAmRUSA community; participants do not need to be RUSA members.

If you are interested in participating as an interviewee, contact Kirk MacLeod or Sarah Hammill for more information.

Accepting Nominations for 2014 RUSA Achievement Awards
http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2013/09/03/2014_achievement_awards_nomination_period/

RUSA and RUSA sections are now accepting nominations for the following grants and awards. Please be aware of deadlines as some of them may have passed by the publication of RUSA Update.

Andrew Carnegie medal finalist named MacArthur Genius
Fiction writer, Karen Russell was named as one of 24 MacArthur “genius” fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards this annual grant to “encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.”
Russell was a finalist for the 2012 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for her first novel, Swamplandia!.

Call for RUSA Volunteers
March 1, 2014 is the planned closing date to volunteer for our RUSA, BRASS, CODES, History, MARS, RSS, and STARS committees. There’s no reason to put it off, though—volunteer today! Keep in mind that attendance at ALA Midwinter may not be required for some committees and sections. Feel free to contact the committee chair, section chair, or me if you have any questions about attendance. Links to RUSA division-level and section committees can be found here. Access the volunteer form using the same URL provided above. The menu to select section-level committees is located at the bottom of RUSA Committee Volunteer Form (requires sign-in).

Read the latest issue of RUSQ!
Reference and User Services Quarterly, Volume 53, Issue 1 is available and can be found on the RUSQsite.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers at President Kathleen Kern’s Office Hours
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers at President Kathleen Kern’s Office Hours

Already a RUSA member but not sure where you fit in? Want to get involved? Just curious? Have a question about working with your committee and getting things down? We’ve got all the answers and more. President’s Office hours are also a good place to bring your ideas and enthusiasm.

RUSA President Kathleen Kern will hold virtual office hours via Adobe Connect every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST.

Meet RUSA Board members:
From flight attendant to librarian: Q&A with Louise Feldmann, RUSA Director-at-Large

RUSA Membership Social and Trivia Contest at Midwinter!
Saturday, January 25, 5:30-7:00 PM, Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel-Liberty Ballroom B

Kick off the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Membership Social—an opportunity to eat, drink, network, win door prizes, and learn more about RUSA. The social open to all current RUSA members, friends of RUSA and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers. All attendees will have the opportunity to play trivia to win fantastic door prizes!

RUSA Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception at Midwinter!
Sunday, January 26, 5:00-6:30 PM, Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel-Liberty Ballroom A

We’ll unveil the winners of the The Reading List, Notable Books and Listen List selections—lists that are used by readers advisory librarians nationwide—as well as the winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature and the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing. All ALA Midwinter Meeting participants are invited to this celebration on-site in Philadelphia. Can’t attend? Track the announcements on Twitter with the hashtag #literarytastes.

Midwinter RUSA Board Meeting I, Town Hall Chat
Saturday, January 24, 1:30-3:30 PM
Midwinter RUSA Board Meeting II, Town Hall chat room, Monday, January 27, 2:00-4:00 PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center-118 A

Not able to attend Midwinter? You can still participate in RUSA planning. At the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, join the RUSA Board either in person or online to participate in the annual Town Hall meeting on Saturday, January 25, at the beginning of the RUSA board meeting which begins 1:30-3:30pm. Visit these ALA Connect chat rooms on January 25 to participate online (you may be asked to login or register to comment):

Chat Room 1:http://connect.ala.org/node/214095
Chat Room 2:http://connect.ala.org/node/214096
Chat Room 3:http://connect.ala.org/node/214097

Here are some questions to think about:

  • What keeps you involved in RUSA?
  • What encourages you to attend RUSA meetings?
  • What additional topics would you like to see in RUSA professional development activities?
  • What affinity areas would you like to see in RUSA (such as interest groups on particular topics that cross section levels)?

RUSA News

Let’s get in touch, and get social!
Are you connected? Stay in touch with these RUSA communication tools:

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 “Communications” button near the top left portion of the page, and scroll down to “RUSQ”. If you run into challenges with journal access, contact support@metapress.com for assistance.

Once you’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 editor’s column in this issue, Connie’s colleagues, students, and teachers remember her and her wide ranging interests.
  • Victoria Caplinger’s column on readers’ advisory (RA) from the cataloger’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 readers’ advisory in academic libraries.

Call for online learning proposals!
Proposals for webinars and online courses are being accepted through September 1! There’s a wide variety of topics. Get the scoop on what we’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 RUSA’s member leaders on various professional and association-related projects, including launching a weekly “I Am A” 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 year’s winners are Richard Ford’s Canada (fiction), and Timothy Egan’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 Michelle’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 amcmanus@howardcc.edu.

RUSA Announcements

Online Learning
RUSA has several upcoming online courses this spring! Topics include reference interview; interlibrary loan; spatial literacy, GIS and online mapping; and more. Webinars are being scheduled now, too. Dates, course descriptions and registration information are found at the Online Learning page on the RUSA website.

RUSA @ ALA Annual Conference
Learn more about what’s happening with RUSA in Chicago at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference by visiting the RUSA website. Highlights include Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship, a preconference hosted by RUSA BRASS; the RUSA President’s Program featuring Lee Rainie; the Literary Tastes author program and the announcement of the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Nonfiction at an evening reception on Sunday, June 30! Learn more about the conference at www.alaannual.org and register now.

Stay in Touch! Explore ways to engage with RUSA and get the latest division news.

RUSA Announcements

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)
Register Now
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.
Learn more…

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.
Learn more…

Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS December. 3 – 23, 2012
Register Now
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
Learn more…

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.
Learn more…

Reference Interview September 17 – October 27, 2012
Register Now
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.
Learn more…

Business Reference 101 October 22 – November 16, 2012
Register Now This course consistently sells out, so register early!
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.
Learn more…

Genealogy 101 October 29 – December 1, 2012
Register  Now
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.
Learn more…

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Stay in Touch! Ways to connect with RUSA
Are you connected? Here are the ways you can stay in touch with RUSA to assure you receive the most up-to-date information on division events, publications and breaking news like book award winners.

  • Bookmark the RUSA Blog
  • Like us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter: @ala_rusa
  • Subscribe to RUSA-L or one of our section listservs by visiting http://lists.ala.org
  • Turn on your e-mail notifications for your Connect groups by going to the group page, scrolling down to the bottom and clicking on “Enable e-mail notifications from this group” at the bottom left
  • Make sure your membership record is up-to-date with current e-mail and mailing addresses! Make updates by e-mailing membership@ala.org, calling (800) 545-2433, option 5, or by logging in at www.ala.org

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2012 RUSA Elections!

RUSA

  • President: Kathleen Kern
  • Director-at-Large: Celia Ross
  • Director-at-Large: Cynthia Levine
  • Division Councilor: Jennifer Boettcher
  • Proposed Bylaws Changes: Adopted

Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS)

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Andy Spackman
  • Secretary: Julia A. Martin
  • Member-at-Large: Rebecca “Becky” Smith

Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES)

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Asia Gross
  • Member-at-Large: Carolyn M. Mulac
  • Member-at-Large: Barbara M. Bibel

History Section (HS)

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Michelle Baildon
  • Member-at-Large: Christina M. Thompson

MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (MARS)

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Marilyn N. Ochoa
  • Member-at-Large: Courtney Greene
  • Secretary: Kelley Ann Lawton

Reference Services Section (RSS)

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Ann K. G. Brown
  • Member-at-Large: Jamie Kaye Hollier
  • Secretary: Jason Matthew Coleman

Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS)

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Nora Dethloff
  • Member-at-Large: David K. Larsen
  • Secretary: Robin Barnard Moskal

 
RUSA Awards: 2012 Winners and Reception at Annual Conference
This year’s RUSA Awards Reception will be held from 5:00-6:30 PM. Sunday, June 24, in Sequoia South Ballroom D at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California. All RUSA members are invited to this annual party that celebrates the career achievements of many reference and user services colleagues, and also honors those who are receiving travel and research grants from the association.

Add this event to your calendar in the Annual Conference Scheduler by logging into ALA Connect, then going to the event page.

This year’s winners are:

  • Natalie D. Beam, STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring Award

Awarded to one library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves this is a need-based cash award of $1,000 for travel expenses to attend the ALA annual conference.

Committee: Collette G. Mak (Chair), Naomi I. Chow, Charles William Gee, Mary Hollerich, Karen L. Janke, Micquel Little, Amy Rebecca Paulus

  • Ilana Barnes, BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award

Awards $1,000 monetary prize awarded to fund travel to and attendance at the Annual Conference to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program. The award also includes a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.

Committee: Carol L. Anderson (Chair), Matthew Brower, Todd M. Hines, Mrs. Cynthia H. Slater

  • Anne MacDonald, Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award

Awards $1,000 in travel funds for ALA’s Annual Conference to a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the conference.

Committee: Melissa Jeter (Chair), Naomi E. Hafter, Kay K. Ikuta, Mary K. Van Ullen

  • Joel Glogowski, BRASS Business Expert Press Award

This is a $1,250 award that recognizes a librarian new to the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Business Expert Press.

Committee: Celia Ross (Chair), Peter McKay, Paul Brothers

  • Kerry Wu & Heidi E.K. Senior; Louise Mort Feldmann, BRASS Emerald Research Grant Awards

Two grants of $5,000 each awarded to support to conduct research in business librarianship.

Committee: Greg Fleming (Chair), Kimberly Bloedel, Christy Goodnight

  • Carolyn S. Larson, MARS My Favorite Martian Award

Awarded annually in recognition of excellence in service to MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section.

Committee: Shannon D. Jones (Chair), Stephanie J. Graves, Linda S. Keiter, Arlie Sims

  • Lisa R. Horowitz, RSS Service Achievement Award

Awarded annually to a Reference Services Section (RSS) member in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section.

Committee: Lori S. Thornton (Chair), Virginia Ann Cole, Emilie R. Smart, Susan A. Ware.

  • Reference Service Press Award: Nancy D. Zionts, Jan Apter, Julianna Kuchta and Pamela K. Greenhouse “Promoting Consumer Health Literacy: Creation of a Health Information Librarian Fellowship” (RUSQ 49:4 Summer 2009); Marie L. Radford, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Patrick A. Confer, Susanna Sabolcsi-Boros, and Hannah Kwon for “Are We Getting Warmer?: Query Clarification in Live Chat Virtual Reference" (RUSQ 50:3 Spring 2010).

Recognizes the most outstanding article published in RUSQ during the preceding two-volume year.

Committee: Robert H. Kieft (Chair), Mark J. Siciliano, Dr. Sara M. Rofofsky Marcus, Rebecca A. Smith

  • Green’s Dictionary of Slang (Chambers), Dartmouth Medal

This medal honors the creation of a reference work or resource of outstanding quality and significance.
Honorable Mention: International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Sage Reference in association with the International Political Science Association)

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Statistical Abstract of the United States (United States Department of Commerce)

 

Committee: Jack O’Gorman (Chair), Mary Ellen Alexander, Drew F. Alfgren, Christina S. McGowan, Teresa Portilla Omidsalar, Jason A. Reuscher, David A. Tyckoson, Patrick J. Wall, Sarah Barbara Watstein

  • Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole, Sacred Trash: the Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza (Schocken Books), Sophie Brody Medal

Awarded to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature.

Honorable Mentions: Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jerusalem: the Biography (Knopf); Art Spiegelman, MetaMaus, (Pantheon Books); Erika Dreifus, Quiet Americans: Stories, (Last Light Studio Books).

Committee: Barbara M. Bibel (Chair), Donald Altschiller, Emily A. Bergman, Kathleen Gallagher, Prof. Elliot H. Gertel, Danise G. Hoover, Lisa N. Johnston, Judy Korn, Deborah L. Luchenbill, Adela Peskorz.

  • Vanessa Irvin Morris, Zora Neale Hurston Award

Awarded to an ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature. Sponsored by HarperCollins.

Committee: Cynthia Crosser (Chair), Amy Harmon, Lucy M. Lockley

  • Sarah L. Johnson, Louis Shores Award

A citation that recognizes excellence in book and other media reviewing for libraries.

Committee: Barry Trott (Chair), Elizabeth I. Bauer, Christine E. King

  • San Francisco State University’s Labor Archives and Research Center, John Sessions Award

In recognition of a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and, by doing so, has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Supported by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO.

Committee: Jannie R. Cobb (Chair), Paul Brothers, Susan Hurst

  • Jay L. Verkler, Genealogical Publishing Company/History Section Award

Citation and $1,500 cash awarded to a librarian or library in recognition of their professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research.

Committee: William D. Buckner (Chair), Brooke A. Becker, William D. Buckner, Jennifer Daugherty, Helen E. Gbala, Thomas Jay Kemp, Mary K. Mannix

  • Rita W. Moss, Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship

Citation and $3,000 cash awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship.

Committee: Patricia E. Kenly (Chair), Bobray J. Bordelon, Jr., Irwin D. Faye, Karen J. Chapman

  • Richland County (South Carolina) Public Library Job Center, Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services

Citation and $3,000 monetary award presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs.

Committee: Michael Levine-Clark (Chair), Larayne J. Dallas, Michael Levine-Clark, Carol Lynn Schuetz, Kathy Tomajko

  • Cyril Oberlander, Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

Citation and $2000 award recognizing a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. Sponsored by OCLC.

Committee: Martha Cheatham Yancey (Chair), Barbara B. Coopey, Megan Gaffney, Joanne M. McIntyre, Robin Moskal, Edwin F. Rivenburgh, Cherie’ L. Weible

  • Neal Wyatt, Margaret E. Monroe Award

Citation presented to a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services.

Committee: Shelley Quezada (Chair), Allan Martin Kleiman, Kaite Mediatore Stover

  • Robert Kieft, Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

$5,000 and a citation awarded to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

Committee: Julia M. Gelfand (Chair), Bobray J. Bordelon, Jr., Joanne M. McIntyre, Charles B. Thurston, Eve M. Wider, Diane M. Zabel.

RUSA Preconference Empowers Generalists, New Business Librarians Faced with Business Reference Questions

RUSA’s upcoming preconference, “Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day: Business Concepts for Library Reference,” will provide librarians who may be intimidated by business reference questions with a foundational understanding of business concepts, and prepare them to answer these types of questions with confidence.

Register Now at www.alaannual.org.

This preconference, which will be held from 8:30 AM.-4:00 PM, Friday, June 22 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., is presented by the Education Committee of RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS)—the home for business reference within ALA. New business librarians, generalists with new business librarianship responsibilities and anybody interested in business reference and instruction from public, academic and special libraries will benefit from attending.

This workshop will provide librarians with a broad conceptual understanding of business topics in four major business disciplines: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Management. Outstanding librarians with subject matter expertise will provide informative and empowering presentations that will prepare you to handle business reference inquiries with confidence:

  • Accounting – Todd M. Hines (MSLS, MBA, CPA), Princeton University Library Accounting doesn’t have to be complicated. Learn the basics such as the accounting methods and financial statements of the major types of organizations including for-profit companies, non-profits and government.
  • Finance – Chris LeBeau (MLS, MBA), University of Missouri Kansas City

Do the words ‘finance question’ make you break out in a sweat? After this presentation you’ll have a working knowledge of financial concepts, including industry ratios, investment vehicles, structured finance, and capital markets.

  • Management – Elisabeth Leonard (MLS, MBA), Sage Publications

Learn how management concepts apply across all types of organizations, and become familiar with the major management theories, the key players in the field today and yesterday, and the types of management information students and patrons want to know.

  • Marketing – Andy Spackman (MBA, MLS), Brigham Young University

Marketing is more than just advertising. It begins with market research and insights into the customer’s needs and wants. Learn the classic 4 P’s of marketing—Product, Price, Place, and Promotion—and gain insight into the importance of branding, product development, market segmentation and targeting, as well as the impact of the Internet and mobile communications.

The preconference will be in held Room 206A in the Anaheim Convention Center.

Conference registration information is available here at the ALA Annual Conference website, www.alaannual.org. Conference registration is not required in order to register for this preconference.

Advance registration rates (May 14-June 14) are: RUSA member, $219; ALA member, $239; ALA Retired and Student Members, $189; Non-members, $259.

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 lmarkel@ala.org and shornung@ala.org, 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 membership@ala.org 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 http://rusa.metapress.com. 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 subscriptions@ala.org 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 support@metapress.com if you experience any problems.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING RUSQ ONLINE:

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 http://rusa.metapress.com/identities/registration/
  • 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 membership@ala.org 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 support@metapress.com; 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 http://rusa.metapress.com. 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 support@metapress.com.  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 membership@ala.org.

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.

Emerging Leader Report

Since Midwinter, my Emerging Leaders group has been working to create a blog for the members of RUSA. We spent time deciding where we wanted to host the blog, and designing the blog. We spent more time than we should have coming up with the name! The blog, Chasing Reference (http://chasingreference.wordpress.com/), is now up and running. We post on the blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Chasing Reference is a blog where librarians can share ideas about what is happening in their libraries, where people can go to find out more about RUSA, or where people who aren’t librarians can go to find out more about what librarians do.  If you are interested in writing a post for Chasing Reference, send an email to ChasingReference@gmail.com. We’d love to feature guest posts on the blog.

My Emerging Leaders group will be presenting at the Emerging Leaders poster session at Annual, on Friday, June 22, from 3:00-4:00 PM in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 303AB. I hope to see you there!

Emily Hamstra
Learning Librarian
Shapiro Undergraduate Library
University of Michigan

Authors Bring Adventure, Intrigue and Magic to RUSA’s 2012 Literary Tastes Program

RUSA will host three award-winning author—Erin Morgenstern, Candice Millard and Mark Adams—at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference program “Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year,” a conference tradition that features authors from RUSA’s literary adult book awards.

Each year expert readers’ advisory librarians from RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) spend hundreds of hours reading and reviewing books written for adults to identify the most outstanding writing published in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, genre fiction, Jewish literature and audiobook narration. “Literary Tastes” is an opportunity to hear from noteworthy authors whose books are among their annual selections and also celebrate the art and craft of writing with fellow book lovers.

Morgenstern’s book The Night Circus (Doubleday) was a 2012 Reading List top pick for Fantasy. Le Cirque des Rêves is utterly unique, disappearing at dawn in one town only to mysteriously reappear in another. At the heart of the circus are two young magicians, involved in a competition neither completely understands. The dreamlike atmosphere and vivid imagery make this fantasy unforgettable. The book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, and the Associated Press called it “Magical. Enchanting. Spellbinding. Mesmerizing.” Check out the complete 2012 Reading List, and access lists from previous years.

Millard’s Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President (Doubleday) is a 2012 Notable Books Non-fiction pick and New York Times best-seller and Notable Book of the Year that recounts James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy. The Washington Times praised “Destiny of the Republic”, saying “It takes a gifted writer to prompt a reader to spend a lot of time with a book in which James Garfield is the main character….In addition to providing insights about our 20th commander-in-chief, [the book] is an engaging, elegantly written and insightful look at the political and scientific developments of late-19th century America. Build your “toberead” list with all 25 fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles on this year’s Notable Books List.

Adams’s travel narrative, Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time (Penguin), was also included on the 2012 Notable Books List. In this humorous travelogue, the author sprinkles historical anecdote with investigative reporting as he retraces the steps of early explorers into ancient Peru. The New York Times Book Review called Turn Right “Ebullient…an engaging and sometimes hilarious book,” and National Geographic Traveler said, “If you haven’t been to Machu Picchu and environs, this book will inspire you to drop everything and go. And if you’ve already been, ‘Turn Right at Machu Picchu’ will transport you straight back to those soul-soaring heights.”

“Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year” will take place from 8:00-10:00 AM, Sunday, June 24, in Room 204B of the Anaheim Convention Center. RSVPs are not required, but those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to add the program to their conference schedules using the 2012 ALA Annual Conference Scheduler in ALA Connect. Librarians who share RUSA’s enthusiasm for adult books should also plan to attend the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Awards Ceremony—a ticketed reception co-sponsored by Booklist and emceed by Nancy Pearl. The reception is scheduled for 8:00-10:00 PM that same Sunday evening, and tickets are just $25 for RUSA members. More event information is at the RUSA website.

Emerging Leader Report

On Friday, January 20, the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders met for a daylong session of leadership training, project planning, and an introduction to ALA. Though this was a lot to pack into one day, it was energizing to have so many creative and thoughtful librarians in one room!

I will be working with a team of fabulous librarians to create a blog for RUSA. At the Emerging Leaders workshop we had time to plan for the blog. Blog posts will focus on different aspects of and issues surrounding reference librarianship and other areas of interest to RUSA members. Since Midwinter, the team has been meeting virtually to set up the site, policy, and schedule. There will be more details about the blog to come! If you’d like me to email you when the blog is up and running, email ehamstra AT umich DOT edu.

Aside from the Emerging Leaders workshop, I was able to attend many other committee meetings, programs, and events at Midwinter. Sitting in on the RUSA Board Meeting gave me added insight into the structure of RUSA and ALA. I had a great time at the RUSA Book and Media Awards (kudos to the Statistical Abstract of the United States for winning the Dartmouth Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award).

I want to thank you all for welcoming me to committee meetings, and for giving me the opportunity to be the RUSA Emerging Leader!

Emily Hamstra
Learning Librarian
Shapiro Undergraduate Library
University of Michigan

RUSA seeks proposals for 2012 webinars

RUSA seeks proposals for webinar presentations for its 2012 series of professional development webinars that will be held throughout the year, from January 2012 through August 2012.

 

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: 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.

 

Proposals may be submitted online.

 

The deadline for proposals is December 31, 2011. 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 lmarkel@ala.org and shornung@ala.org, respectively.

Nomination period open until December 15 for RUSA achievement awards and travel grants

Nominations are now being accepted for RUSA’s many achievement awards and conference travel grants. The deadline for all nominations is December. 15, 2011, with the exception of the BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, which has a deadline of January 31, 2012.

Awards for Individuals and Groups for Professional Achievement

  1. The BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $3,000 prize and a citation.
  2. The Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $3,000 prize and a citation.
  3. The History Section Genealogical Publishing Company Award is presented to a librarian, library or publisher who is a RUSA member, and recognizes professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship. Sponsored by Genealogical Publishing Company; $1,500 prize and a citation.
  4. The Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award honors an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $5,000 prize and a citation.
  5. The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Supported by the Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO; the winner receives a plaque.
  6. The Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries. The winner receives a citation.
  7. The Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award recognizes a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services. The winner receives a citation.
  8. The Reference Service Press Award recognizes the most outstanding article published in RUSQ during the preceding two-volume year. Sponsored by Reference Service Press; $2,500 prize and a plaque.
  9. The Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award is given to an individual for his or her outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. Sponsored by OCLC; $2,000 prize and a citation.
  10. The Zora Neale Hurston Award honors an individual ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature. Sponsored by HarperCollins; the winner receives $1,250 supporting travel to the ALA Annual Conference, a plaque, tickets to the Literary Tastes Breakfast, tickets to the ALTAFF Author Tea and a set of Hurston’s books in print with HarperCollins at the time of the award.
  11. The RSS Service Achievement Award is presented annually to a Reference Services Section (RSS) member in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section. See the RSS Review for more information.
  12. The MARS “My Favorite Martian” Award is presented annually in recognition of excellence in service to the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section. Contact the award committee chair for more information.

Travel Grants to ALA Annual Conference

  1. The BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award presents $1,000 to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel the ALA Annual Conference. See BRASS Notes for more information. This nomination deadline is January 31, 2012.
  2. The Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, sponsored by Morningstar, Inc., offers $1,000 to support the attendance at Annual Conference of a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the conference. See
  3. The STARS/Atlas Systems Mentoring Award offers $1,250 to fund Annual Conference travel expenses for a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing.

RUSA also offers the BRASS Emerald Research GrantEmerald Research Grant, which consists of two $5,000 awards presented to individuals seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. The deadline to apply for these grants is also December 15, 2011.

More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found at the RUSA Awards web page. Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Time to party! Midwinter Book & Media Awards in Dallas

RUSA Midwinter Book and Media Awards; Sunday, Jan. 22, 5:00-6:30 pm; Fairmont Hotel, Oak Room, 1717 N. Akard St., Dallas

Coming to Dallas? Don’t miss ALA’s premier awards event for adult reading and reference! This is the event for anyone who loves reading books, giving books, sharing books, and learning about the year’s hottest titles for adult readers from the readers’ advisory experts in RUSA.

Start making your to-be-read list for 2012! We’ll announce the winners of the Reading List, the Notable Books List and the Sophie Brody Medal. We’ll also announce the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the Dartmouth Medal for outstanding reference title of the year, the Outstanding Reference Sources list, Outstanding Business Reference Sources, “Best of the Best” Business Websites, and the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing.

Spring schedule taking shape for RUSA online courses and webinars

RUSA’s online learning opportunities are open to any interested participant. Topics are relevant to a variety of library professionals and library types including public, academic, and special libraries. Most courses are asynchronous—participants log into the course at classes.ala.org and complete weekly coursework at their own pace.

More information about RUSA’s online learning opportunities is available at the RUSA website. Questions about registration for both groups and individuals should be sent to the ALA registration team at registration@ala.org.

Here’s an overview of our current online learning offerings:

    • Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping: Through podcasts and hands-on assignments, participants in this webinar will explore uses for geographic information systems (GIS) technology within organizations and also its social uses beyond simple cartography. The course also covers the how-to of online mapping tools such as Google Earth, ArcExplorer, Scribble Maps and Google Maps. The course content is especially relevant for public or reference librarians who want to organize information in a visual or geographic way to benefit the work of the library, to make information available to the community, or any number of needs.
    • Health Information 101: During this six week course, participants will demystify and decode medical terminology then learn the basics of evidence-based biomedical literature searching. They’ll also learn how to systematically evaluate a health website then look at some the best of best sites for medical, pharmaceutical and drug information. The course also addresses health literacy issues and how to create partnerships with hospital and academic medical librarians through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Registration will open on Monday, August 22, 2012.
    • Readers’ Advisory 101: Through practice sessions, participants will learn from instructor and RA expert Joyce Saricks how to use RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Readers’ Advisory 101 is tailored for those at all types of libraries—support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians, and those librarians who want to brush up on their skills. The topics covered are introductory in nature. This course has scheduled weekly meeting times.
    • Genealogy 101: This course is designed for reference staff with little to no experience in genealogy. Using a case study to frame the coursework, participants will learn about tools and techniques they can use to confidently assist patrons with family history research. A review of archival material, print reference tools and online sources is included in the curriculum.
    • The Reference Interview: This comprehensive course covers such reference interview topics as cultivating an approachable reference environment, successful questioning and listening techniques and appropriate follow-up methods. Staff of all levels at all types of libraries will find this content, presented in a multi-media format, helpful in their day-to-day engagement with library patrons.
    • Beyond Compliance: This unique course is designed to address the virtual and media-related obstacles disabled patrons encounter while accessing library services. Virtual and media-related obstacles are defined as inherent features in an informational medium that prevent equitable access to information. This four-week course will include weekly assigned readings and short assignments, weekly optional chats, and discussion prompts. Students will take away practical advice on creating equitable access to library services and instruction.
    • Introduction to Screencasting for Online Tutorials and Reference: This 90-minute webinar will introduce the screencasting tools and best practices for creating online videos for training, instruction, or reference. Learn about the most popular software used and some key pedagogical factors that help create effective streaming tutorials. Screencasting is a powerful tool for virtual reference and informal communications.

RUSA Membership Social

Liven up your 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting experience at the RUSA Membership Social—an opportunity to eat, drink, network, and learn more about RUSA.

All are invited to this event, which will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Adolphus Hotel in Century Ballroom A.

Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available, and RSVPs are not required. The event is generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

The social is one of many RUSA activities at the Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, and is open to all current RUSA members, friends of RUSA, and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers.

Questions? Contact Liane Taylor, Chair, RUSA Membership Committee (ltaylor@txstate.edu).

Announcements

STARS Education and Training Committee

The STARS Education and Training Committee again sponsored the very popular Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ILL but Were Afraid to ask ALA Midwinter preconference workshop. The workshop was held on Friday, January 7, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, at the San Diego Public Library. Kymberly Goodson of UCSD did a wonderful job in organizing this year’s workshop. Presenters were: Megan Gaffney (borrowing), Karen Janke (lending), Cindy Kristof (copyright) and Collette Mak (standards and resources).

Sponsors of this year’s workshop were Lyrasis, OCLC, Relais International, the San Diego Public Library, and the Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference.

We had fifty-four registrants. Of those, thirty-five filled out questionnaires. Most of the attendees came from California and most were from academic libraries. The respondents were evenly divided between librarians and support staff. All respondents who answered the question “would you recommend this workshop to a colleague” said “yes.”

Margaret Bean, Chair

mbean@uoregon.edu

 

Hot Topics Discussion Group

The Hot Topics Discussion Group did not disappoint at ALA Midwinter 2011. Thirty-five members showed up to join in an engaging discussion of a variety of Hot Topics. All who attended came away having learned from or shared useful information with their peers. Following is a summary of the discussion.

Those receiving poor quality article scans were urged to contact the lending libraries to let them know as they might be unaware of the problem. Patron-driven acquisitions ideas, policies, and cultures were shared. Some institutions have merged ILL and acquisitions functions, others have collection development policies as to when to borrow or when to purchase based on lending requests. A couple libraries agreed to share their collection development policies on the ILL-L and STARS-L listservs. Regarding textbook borrowing and lending policies, some do not lend or borrow textbooks, some purchase and place textbooks on reserve, some encourage faculty to place personal copies on reserves, and others do borrow and lend. E-journal and E-book licensing issues were discussed; some lament losing first sale rights with those licenses.

Springer e-books allow one chapter of a book to be lent, ebrary, two chapters; no other vendors’ options were reported. On the Ariel vs. Odyssey issue, folks simply reported what they did, which even included emailing PDFs when all else failed. International lending issues turn out to be complex because of U.S. shipping and customs issues. Some continue to lend internationally. Problems with ILL between the U.S. and Canadian libraries are particularly problematic due to customs requirements. The problem of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) discontinuing its reporting option of sending spreadsheets to CCC for data entry was discussed briefly, but few seemed to have this as a workflow issue in their libraries. Many suggest using the functions in OCLC for this, although some have to do the data entry themselves outside of OCLC.

Julia Gustafson, Chair

Jgustafson@wooster.edu

 

Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group

The ILL Discussion Group met on Saturday, January 8, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Kristina Eden of the University of Michigan Library gave a presentation on the HathiTrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), a digital preservation repository with a current membership of over 50 libraries. Cyril Oberlander of the SUNY Geneseo Library delivered a presentation on the IDS Project and the Getting It System Toolkit.

Megan Gaffney, Chair

gaffneym@UDel.Edu