RUSA Online Learning: Spring online course offerings, and some new webinars on reference technology, readers advisory and building a workshop series

Springtime is learning time here at RUSA! We have several new webinars on the calendar, and most of our courses are being offered this spring as well. A complete list, along with links for registration and more information, is below. First up is our webinar, “Vital Reference in a Vital Society”, which will be held on March 28. Explore the possibilities when reference services and technology collide!

Interested in proposing a webinar? Details about topics of interest and the submission procedures can be found here. Don’t let the Dec. 1 deadline fool you–we are still accepting proposals! Questions about the submission process, or about any of RUSA’s online learning? Contact RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill at


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Vital Reference in a Vital Society
March 28, 2:00-3:15p.m. Central
Libraries find it difficult in a constant changing environment and tough economic times to demonstrate relevance to patrons. Service has to be provided to a broad spectrum of users across multiple generations. The webinar will discuss: QR codes, Zotero, Cloud Computing, Apps, PollsEverywhere, SCAVNGR gaming app, Text/Mobile Reference, eBook readers, social networking, liaison work and reader’s advisory to make services vital to the needs of a vibrant society. Learn more or register now.

App Advisory 101
April 18, 2:00-3:30p.m. Central
Readers’ advisory has long been an important part of reference services, but with the explosion in the popularity of smartphones and tablets over the past several years, app advisory is becoming equally  important. Participants in this webinar will hear about the latest and greatest apps for a range of different audiences and interests, and will also be introduced to the best tools for keeping up-to-date on new apps as they emerge. Learn more or register now.

Implementing a Successful Workshop Series from Scratch
April 26, 1:00-2:30p.m. Central
If you’ve ever considered starting a workshop series at your library, but wrote it off as too much work, then think again! With a little planning and creativity, you can design a beneficial and engaging workshop series without the stress.  This webinar will provide recommendations and best practices for planning and implementing a successful workshop series, including developing enticing topics, successful advertising techniques, and tips for community buy-in. Learn more or register now.

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Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS: Mar. 25-Apr. 8, 2013
Last offering of this course! This three week course incorporates the geospatial literacy and mapping skills developed in the course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” and teaches how to apply it in library services. Librarians in any information resource position will be able to apply their newly developed Web 2.0 mapping skills in their reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and promotion. Get more information or register now.

Reference Interview: Apr. 8-May 19, 2013
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 Get more information or register now.

Interlibrary Loan 101: April 22 – May 19, 2013
Live Sessions on Mon and Wed, 1-2p.m. Central Time
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. Get more information or register now.

Health Information: May 13 – June 30, 2013
CEUs available for this course!
This six-week course will demystify and decode medical terminology and also cover the basics of evidence-based biomedical literature searching. Participants will learn how to systematically evaluate a health website and then look at some the best of best sites for medical, pharmaceutical and drug information. The course covers the business of healthcare: PPACA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HealthIT and HITECH, Meaningful Use, Physician and Hospital Rankings & Ratings and the Personal Health Record. Students will also participate in a discussion of health literacy issues and how to create partnerships with hospital and academic medical librarians through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Get more information or register now.

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