RUSA at 2013 ALA Annual Conference: A note from Executive Director Susan Hornung

Dear RUSA Members:

I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Chicago at the annual conference. Our programs promise to be fun, interesting and informative, starting with our fabulous RUSA President’s Program: “The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron,” Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project will share the latest data about how library users are interacting with information technology. Then, join Mr. Rainie and library leaders on Sunday, 10:30-11:30 am, to discuss how the data may influence your library’s future.

Also – don’t miss our beloved Literary Tastes author event (free-of-charge) where we celebrate the best reading of the year with authors whodiscuss their works and the craft of writing, at 8:00-10:00a.m., Sunday, June 30. This year’s authors are:

  • Peter Heller, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book “The Dog Stars” (Knopf)
  • Jonathan Tropper, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book “One Last Thing Before I Go” (Dutton)
  • Matti Friedman, author of “The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible” (Algonquin), winner of the 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature
  • Lyndsay Faye, author of “The Gods of Gotham” (Putnam), the top pick for The Reading List’s Mystery category in 2013

We have some other terrific section-sponsored programs covering hot topics ranging from “Beyond Genre: Exploring the Perception, Uses, and Misuses of Genre by Readers, Writers, and Librarians” to “Usability, the User Experience & Interface Design: The Role of Reference.” For the complete line-up see our website.

If you only plan to be at the conference for one or two days, you may want to check out our preconference from the BRASS section: “Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship.” This full-day interactive workshop is designed for new business librarians; generalists who have assumed responsibility in business librarianship; or librarians who handle business reference-related inquiries in all types of libraries including academic, public, and special libraries. For more information see the full description here or register now.

Also – don’t miss our Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception, Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie Room, and help us honor RUSA’s 2013 achievement award winners.

Last but not least, please join us for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Awards Ceremony, Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Radisson Blu, Atlantic A. This reception, co-sponsored by RUSA and Booklist celebrates the second year for these awards – don’t miss it! Past members of the CODES’ Notable Books Council served on this committee, and after a whirlwind of reading on a tight deadline, made some great selections. Take a look at the shortlist finalists here and add them to your summer reading list if you haven’t yet read them. Tickets are $25 for RUSA members, and $30 for all others. You can register here.

(For room locations for all the above, please check the ALA conference scheduler; rooms sometimes change and the scheduler is the most up-to-date place to find them)

If you’ll be in Chicago, I hope you’ll find time to enjoy some of the Chicago sights, shopping, and most of all the restaurants!

Please stop by the RUSA office in the convention center and say hi to the staff or pick up a division or section ribbon – we love meeting our members!


Best Wishes,


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