Overcome reference services challenges at Reinvented Reference V

Come to Chicago this July and can find solutions to your reference technology, staffing, collaboration and assessment challenges in the interactive preconference “Reinvented Reference V.”

Reference librarians and managers of reference services interested in discovering solutions to challenges facing a reference services staff will reap huge rewards from this preconference co-sponsored by the Reference Services Section (RSS) and the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and held in conjunction with ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference. Attendees will select two out of four topic areas—technology, assessment, collaboration and reference staffing models—to participate in roundtable discussions where workplace challenges are shared and solution discussed. Using this format, the event is focused on sharing practical, concrete ideas from both our expert panel and peers that you can implement at your library.

The event features a group of presenters with extensive experiences and success in the field, including Bill Pardue, virtual services librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Char Booth, e-learning librarian at UC Berkeley; Lisa Ennis, systems librarian and assistant professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Brian Matthews, user experience librarian, Georgia Tech Libraries.

The preconference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 10, in Chicago. Advance registration rates, available until May 22, are $195 for RUSA members, $240 for ALA members, $315 for non-members and $90 for students and retirees.

Annual Conference attendees interested in registering for the meeting and institute—or adding the institute to their current meeting itinerary—can do so through Step 6 (“Your Events”) of the online registration form or by calling 1-800-974-3084. Those who are interested in only attending the preconference (event code RU1) must register using a printed registration form, which can then be submitted via mail or faxed per the instructions on the form. On-site registration will be available the day of the event. Lunch is included.

Not a RUSA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on this and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership. Find out the most up-to-date information about this and all of RUSA’s Annual Conference events at the RUSA Annual Conference events page.

RUSA thanks OCLC and Compendium for their generous sponsorship of this event.

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