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RUSA’s Newest Interest Group – FYE IG

RUSA is proud to announce the formation of the RUSA First Year Experience Interest Group, (FYEIG). This group has been formed in order to address the many challenges of first year students in higher education. One of the anticipated outcomes is to establish a forum with regular meetings for the discussion of practical and scholarly topics relating to first year students and those involved with this group.

The purpose of this group is to share ideas and develop new connections for future collegiality and support. Topics for discussions include but are not limited to retention improvements, introduction to higher education research skills development, outreach, first generation students, international students, students enrolled simultaneously in high school and college (dual enrollment programs), reference services, etc.

This group is in the initial pilot project phase, which ends on June 30, 2016.  In order to become a regularly scheduled, RUSA-sponsored group, there must be sufficient support and some credible work by this date.

You are invited to join this interest group by going to http://connect.ala.org/node/249585, then log into your ALA account, and join the group.  FYE IG membership is automatic.

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Board & Committee Meetings at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, January 8, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., 
 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 203
Meeting of the Executive Committee where discussions will consist of current and planned activities of the RUSA Division. This is an open meeting and all registered attendees are welcome. Come meet some of RUSA’s key players; President; Anne Houston, President-Elect/Vice-President; Alesia M. McManus, Past President; Joseph A. Thompson, Secretary; Kathryn J. Oberg, Councilor; Sarah Hammill and RUSA Executive Director; Susan Hornung.

Board of Directors Meeting I and II:

  • Board I – Saturday, January 9, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 B
  • Board II – Monday, January 11, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 153 C

RUSA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the Midwinter Meeting may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an ‘open forum’ where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the RUSA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. RUSA Board of Directors’ Meetings are open and all registered attendees are welcome!

Budget and Finance Meeting
Sunday, January 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Westin Boston Waterfront, Faneuil

Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the RUSA’s budgetary matters.

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RUSA Discussion Groups at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • ILL Discussion Group (RUSA STARS)
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205A

    A thoughtful discussion of the emerging trends of resource sharing and interlibrary loan. Read more here.

  • Management of Electronic Resources & Services Discussion (RUSA ETS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Westin Waterfront, Room Bulfinch  Read more here.
  • Optimizing the web for reference: Best practices for usability, accessibility, and responsiveness (RUSA ETS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258B

    We will feature panelists from institutions which have innovated their approach to web reference (email, chat, FAQs, etc.) and/or conducted usability studies on how their users get answers through their library’s web portal. Read more here.

  • Genealogy and Local History Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205C

    Learn how can we ensure our communities know about our genealogical and historical resources. Read more here.

  • Reference Publishing Advisory Discussion Forum (RUSA CODES)
    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205B

    A thoughtful discussion about the emerging trends in reference publishing by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA. Read more here.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Discussion and All Committees Meeting (RUSA BRASS)
    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Westin Waterfront, Room Douglass

    All-Committees meeting and discussion opportunity for those interested in business reference in all types of libraries. Read more here.

  • History Librarians Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205B

    A thoughtful discussion on emerging trends of historical librarianship. Read more here.

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Volunteer Opportunities with RUSA

The division has a multitude of volunteer opportunities available for its members through RUSA and special interest section committees.

Committee members have the opportunity to:

Please consider volunteering for one or more committee to help us meet our objectives and move RUSA move forward in new and exciting ways. Virtual members are encouraged and welcomed.

Volunteering can be done in just two steps:

Remember, you must be a RUSA member in order to volunteer for committee positions, with your membership current for the duration of your volunteer term. You must also be a section member in order to participate in section committees. RUSA dues are $60 annually plus the cost of ALA membership. Section membership is free for RUSA members. Visit www.ala.org/membership to update your membership record and add RUSA or a section, or call Membership and Customer Service at 1-800-545-2433, option 5.

Questions about volunteering should be sent to the appointing officers listed below.

We look forward to having you as a part of our leadership team!

Alesia McManus, RUSA Vice-President/President-Elect, AMcManus@howardcc.edu
Louise Mort Feldmann, BRASS chair, Louise.Feldmann@Colostate.edu
Daniel C. Mack, CODES chair, dmack@umd.edu
Christina Thompson, History Section chair, thompsonc@hendrix.edu
Courtney Greene McDonald, ETS: Emerging Technologies chair, crgreene@indiana.edu
Amy Elizabeth Rustic, RSS chair, aer123@psu.edu
Heidi Nance, STARS chair, hnance@uw.edu

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