E-books, library programming and outreach, reference services, collection marketing and leading a book group are just some of the webinar topics sought by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) for spring 2013; proposals can be submitted via online form through December 1, 2012.
RUSA webinars are an opportunity for librarians to infuse their year with professional development they can convenientlyâ€”and affordablyâ€”pursue from the comfort of their home or office. Webinars will take place throughout the 2013 calendar year and will cover topics relevant to a broad range of librarians, library staff and library advocates.
Successful proposals will:
- Show plans for presentations that are 60-75 minutes in length;
- Identify clear learning outcomes for the session;
- Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to RUSA members, or represents an area of RUSAâ€™s expertise that benefits other types of librarians.
The following potential webinar topics are of great value and interest, though RUSA welcomes submissions presenting on other topics, as well: reference basics; reference for specialized audiences; research, trends and hot topics in readers advisory; information literacy; community partnerships; library programs; outreach; partnerships among 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; interlibrary loan; creating a single service point (vs. multiple service points in a single facility); embedded librarians; e-books; writing annotations; leading a book group; collection marketing; and library marketing and display ideas.
Proposals may be submitted using the online proposal form. Proposals are accepted and evaluated on an ongoing basis until Dec. 1, 2012. Review RUSAâ€™s current online learning offerings, including webinars and courses.
Presenters for accepted proposals will receive compensation for their time and will also receive training for Blackboard Collaborate, RUSAâ€™s online presentation software. Questions about RUSAâ€™s webinar offerings and proposals can be sent to Andrea Hill, RUSA web manager at email@example.com.