The Summer 2015 issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly—RUSQ—is now available!

The Summer 2015 issue of Reference and User Services QuarterlyRUSQ—is now available!

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Transition Plan in development for RUSA Vice-President/President-Elect

Good afternoon RUSA members,

I want to make you aware that the RUSA Board of Directors is working on developing a transition plan regarding an opening in our position of RUSA Vice-President/President-Elect for 2014-2015, RUSA President for 2015-2016, and RUSA Past President for 2016-2017.  Susan Hornung (RUSA Executive Director) and I received an email from Liane Taylor on Thursday, June 4th making us aware that she needed to resign as our current RUSA Vice President/President Elect.  Susan and I immediately began reviewing our RUSA Bylaws and Susan has contacted ALA’s parliamentarian, Eli Mina, for his interpretation and advice regarding our options.  

Though we have a short timeline between now and the ALA Annual Conference, the RUSA Board is developing a plan that will allow for a smooth transition and will position RUSA to be able to immediately begin doing the work to support our new Strategic Plan.  I’m confident that we will quickly find a very workable solution and I wanted to make sure that you all are also aware of what’s happening.  We’ll keep you updated as we have more information.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions. 

I also would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to read our new RUSA Strategic Plan for July 2015 – June 2018.  I’ve provided an introduction to the plan in the Spring 2015 RUSA Update, which can be found at: 

The full Spring 2015 issue of RUSA Update can be found here, which highlights many of the ALA Annual Conference activities that will be taking place across the sections and the association: 

Thanks so much, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing many of you soon in San Francisco!


Joseph Thompson

RUSA President 2014-2015

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Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year 

Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their work and the craft of writing, while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program. Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA. A refreshing and light breakfast will be served. All Annual Conference registrants are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, West Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor


  • Katherine Addison for Goblin Emperor (Tor Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Fantasy category.
  • Amy Belding Brown for Flight of the Sparrow (New American Library, 2014)shortlist selection for the 2015 Reading List’s Historical Fiction category.
  • Stuart Rojstaczer for The Mathematician’s Shiva (Penguin, 2014), Honorable Mention for the 2015 Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish Literature.
  • Ashley Weaver for Murder at the Brightwell (Minotaur Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Mystery category.
  • Jo Walton for My Real Children (Tor Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Women’s Fiction category.


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RUSA President’s Program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

It’s Complicated: Navigating the dynamic landscapes of digital literacy, collapsing contexts, and big data.
Join RUSA for a thoughtful discussion on the intersection of technology and society with keynote speaker and technology expert, danah boyd. Ms. boyd is a Visiting Professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, a faculty affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Center, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of Data & Society Research Institute and author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 3014 – 3016 West

danah boyd

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