#TreatYourShelf this Holiday Season!


Making your ‘To Be Read’ list? Checking it twice? #TreatYourShelf (or others) this holiday season with titles from RUSA’s award lists selected and reviewed by our expert librarians.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. A longlist comprised of no more than 50 titles is released in September. Six finalists (shortlist), three fiction and three nonfiction, are announced in October, pictured above.

Notable Books List selected by the Notable Books Council, is a list of 25 very good, very readable and at times, very important fiction, nonfiction and poetry books for adult readers.

The Reading List  seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction from each of the current eight different categories including adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction and women’s fiction.

The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration, seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention and includes twelve titles including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays.

The Sophie Brody Award is given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. In the context of this award, Jewish literature is defined as fiction, nonfiction or poetry that has as its central purpose the exploration of the Jewish experience.






[eLearning] RUSA’s Winter Webinars

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Each webinar registration is $45 for RUSA members; $50 for ALA members; $65 for non-ALA members; $25 for student members and retired ALA members. Register now.

“Is there an app for that? Finding primary sources in an app environment” takes place on Wednesday, November 30. Join the discussion on apps and mobile technologies in the library literature, app evaluation criteria, some of the best apps for history sources and application techniques to using apps during the reference interview and in instructional settings. Want more information? Keep reading.

“Step away from the reference desk: practical tips for implementing and integrated research support model for library liaisons” will be held on Thursday, December 1. Explore the issues surrounding the transition of research support services away from a reference desk. Analyze the challenges and opportunities involved in shifting liaison librarians to new models of engagement with their departments. Gather practical tips for dealing with logistical details such as service quality, referrals and scheduling. Want more information? Keep reading.

“Recollection Development: Using cognitive mapping to understand library user needs” will take place on Tuesday, December 6. Explore a qualitative assessment method that has been used for understanding wayfinding and space planning in libraries: cognitive mapping. This webinar will support dialogue around and provide lessons learned about using cognitive maps to alter reference and instruction practices to meet our library users’ needs. Want more information? Keep reading.

Learn about “Trends in business education and their impacts on business reference and services” on Thursday, February 9. The business education is facing new trends in creating engaged and collegiate environment, enhancing data-driven decision making, developing new education models such as experiential learning, integrating new technology to support greater customization and specialization, and designing curriculums around the trending topics on corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, leadership and globalization. How can business librarians respond to these trends and shift our roles to meet new challenges? This webinar will address these key questions and introduce some good practices in the field. Want more information? Keep reading.

About RUSA
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) serves all types of libraries in reference, user services, adult readers advisory, collection development, resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology. Review RUSA’s website for additional information on membership, awards, upcoming conferences and events, professional resources and so much more!

Have questions about RUSA’s online learning? Jennifer Cross, Web Services Manager, RUSA has the answers. Email her today.

[Sneak Peek] RUSA’s New Website!

RUSA’s modern, simplified, new website will be here on December 1, 2016 – sneak peek image below.  The new RUSA Member Map allows members to pin where in the world they are. But you guys, it’s only going to be cool if you all actually go in and add your location! More on that to come.

Subscribe to be notified when it’s live.

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RUSA 101: Learn the basics

You’ve heard of RUSA, but what is it? If you’re in user services, we do what you do.

See how you can find your home in ALA and get involved in the Reference and User Services Association by attending our RUSA 101 webinar. Here are the details:

RUSA 101
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 CT/12 MT/11 PT)

We will discuss RUSA and its 6 sections (focused on business reference, collection development, emerging technologies, history, reference services, and resource sharing). This webinar will also highlight RUSA’s Reference Services Section, represented by RSS chair Amy Rustic.

If you are unable to make it, we will also make a recording of the session available. Feel free to email me with any questions at amberp@uga.edu!

Amber Prentiss
Chair, Membership Committee, Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)