Gary White elected RUSA vice president/president-elect

CHICAGO—Gary White, acting head of the department of reference, collections and research at Pennsylvania State University, has won election as vice president/president-elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

White joined the faculty of the University Libraries at Penn State in August 1992 and became head of the Schreyer Business Library in April 2000. He holds a Master of Library Science from Kent State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Akron and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education at Penn State. He has been a prominent leader within RUSA, including serving on the Board of Directors (2006-09). He has been active in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA for more than 15 years, serving as chair in 2003-2004. He received the Gale Cengage Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship, a distinction bestowed annually by BRASS, in 2008.

In addition to his professional association activities, White served as editor of the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship (2005-2010), was editor of The Core Business Web: A Guide to Key Information Resource (Haworth, 2003) and is co-author of Using Microsoft PowerPoint: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (Neal-Schuman, 1998). He has published numerous book chapters and articles, including publications in College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Reference & User Services Quarterly, Reference Librarian, Collection Building and The Journal of Marketing Management. In addition, he has published proceedings and made presentations at many national conferences including the American Library Association, Special Libraries Association, National Online, Internet Librarian, Computers in Libraries, Online World and Integrated Online Library Systems.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with the membership of RUSA in the coming years,” said White. “As the premier organization of reference and user services professionals in the United States, RUSA is at the forefront of providing professional development resources, advocacy, and support to our communities.  In today’s environment, librarians and libraries are facing great challenges and also opportunities, and I look forward to working with RUSA leaders and members to provide the best resources we can to assist our membership.”

White will begin serving in the vice-president capacity following the 2010 ALA Annual Conference. A complete list of RUSA election results are posted at the RUSA blog.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.  Not a member, but  interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at

View an expanded version of this news release on the American Libraries site.

New RUSA Standards and Guidelines Released

New standards and guidelines were recently approved by the RUSA board. They are:

Guidelines for Implementing and Maintaining Virtual Reference Services

Guidelines for Liaison Work in Managing Collections and Services

Guidelines for the Preparation of a Bibliography

All RUSA standards and guidelines may be found here.

Please feel free to use and distribute them.

A heartfelt thank you to all those committee members who worked on developing and revising these guidelines – much time and energy went into this from some very dedicated member volunteers. 

Best Wishes,

 Susan Hornung

Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA

Don’t miss these upcoming Midwinter events

Dear RUSA Members:

With the new year in sight, it’s always nice to reflect on the past year and to look forward to upcoming events. First, I want to give special thanks to all the RUSA member volunteers who have given so much of their time and energy to carry out all their accomplishments this last year, which enriched our association. Although I’ve only been here for a few months, I can tell that you are truly the heart of the association and we are very lucky to have such dedicated volunteers, and loyal members. Second, looking forward, we are starting the new year out with a bang with some major events:

Book and Media Awards at Midwinter Conference, Boston

The Book and Media Awards is RUSA’s major event at Midwinter to share with the library community and the general public the results of our member volunteers’ hard work selecting the best publications of the year, and to honor those who have won awards relating to book reviewing, promotion, or publishing. The reception is a lovely event, a great party, our way to thank member volunteers for their hard work and a celebration of the best books and resources of the year. The reception will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Intercontinental Boston, Rose Kennedy III room.

RUSA Midwinter Social at Midwinter Conference, Boston

What better way to kick off the new year than having an opportunity to eat, drink, catch up with old friends, make new friends, and learn more about RUSA!  Past, present and future RUSA members are all invited to this event, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 in the Rooftop Ballroom at the Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston. Appetizers and drinks will be available, and RSVPs are not required.  This event is generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  More information about Thomson Reuters is available at More details about the event and our sponsor can be found here.

Town Hall Session at RUSA Board Meeting 1, Midwinter Conference, Boston

All RUSA members are invited to come and share constructive insights, perceptions, comments, and thoughts about RUSA at the first RUSA Midwinter board session, which takes place at the beginning of the meeting on Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center (BCEC), room 102A. We want to hear from you and will use what we hear to help plan the strategic direction of RUSA.

Big Think, RUSA Board Meeting, Midwinter Conference, Boston

The RUSA Board devotes time at the Midwinter meeting for a RUSA Big Think; this is a time for the Board to brainstorm a critical question facing the association. One of our biggest issues this year is attracting new members.  Our President, Susan J. Beck, has written two very timely articles that fit right in with this topic: one assesses some interesting trends in the issues addressed by recent candidates for elective positions in RUSA, and she succinctly points out the value of reference librarians (“library lifesavers”) and RUSA membership in another: “We Must Think Strategically,” RUSQ, Spring 2010 (attached) and “This is our time to shine,” RUSQ, 49:1 (also attached). Please feel free to come to the RUSA board meeting on Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center (BCEC), room 102A and participate in the Big Think.

Also – please look me up if you’re attending Midwinter – I love to hear from members. I wish you all a 2010 filled with happiness and good health!

Best Wishes,


Susan Hornung
Executive Director, RUSA