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2015 Elections



The following RUSA members will be running for election for RUSA offices in the 2015 Elections. Please join me in thanking these members for agreeing to stand for election for an RUSA office. And be sure to vote in the Spring elections! Voting begins on March 24, 2015 through May 1, 2015 @ 11:59 PM CDT.



– Celia Ross
Associate Librarian, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI

– Anne Houston
Director of Teaching, Learning & Research, Smith College Libraries, Northampton, MA



– Kelley Lawton
Head, East Campus Libraries, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

– Kate Oberg
College & Career Librarian, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, VA



– Jennifer C. Boettcher
Business Bibliographer, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

– Ed Garcia
Library Director, Cranston Public Library, Cranston, Rhode Island

– Kate Kosturski
Institutional Participation Coordinator, UK and Northern Europe, JSTOR/ITHAKA, New York, NY

– Mary Mintz
Associate Director for Outreach, American University Library, Washington, DC


– Sarah J. Hammill
Distance Learning Librarian, Florida International University, Miami, FL

– David Lincove
History, Political Science, Public Affairs & Philosophy Librarian, Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, Ohio



– Louise Mort Feldmann
Business Librarian, Colorado State University Libraries, Fort Collins, Colorado

– Michael R. Oppenheim
Business Research and Collections Librarian, Rosenfeld Management Library, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, Los Angeles, California


– Jared Michael Hoppenfeld
Business Librarian, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, Texas

– Penny Scott
Reference Librarian/Business Liaison, 2003-Present, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA



– Daniel C. Mack
Associate Dean, Collection Strategies and Services, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

– Joseph Yue
Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences and Reference Collections, Non-Governmental and International Organization Information, (US) State and Local Government Documents, University of California, Los Angeles, CA


– Jannie R. Cobb
Library Media Specialist, Oxon Hill Elementary School, Oxon Hill, MD

– Emily Hamstra
Learning Librarian, Kinesiology Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan

– Alicia Ahlvers
Collection Management Librarian, Henrico County Public Library, Henrico, Virginia

– Matthew J. Wayman
Head Librarian, 2008-Present, Ciletti Memorial Library, Penn State Schuylkill, Schuylkill Haven, PA



– Joshua Lupkin
Chief Bibliographer for the Humanities, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

– Christina Thompson Shutt
Public Services Librarian & College Archivist, Hendrix College, Conway, AR


– Olga Perkovic
Research and Advanced Studies Librarian, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

– Melissa Finley Gonzalez
Head of Reference, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL


– Helene Lafrance
Head of Instruction, Research, and Outreach, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

– Jennifer Eileen McElroy
Reference Specialist (2013 – present), Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.



– Jones, Shannon D.
Assistant Director for Program Development and Resource Integration, Medical University of South Carolina Library, Charleston, SC

– McDonald, Courtney Greene
Head, Discovery & Research Services, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, IN


– Coleman, Jason
Undergraduate and Community Services Librarian, Kansas State University Libraries, Manhattan, Kansas

– Boatright, Beth
Information Services and Instruction Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN



– Amy Elizabeth Rustic
Associate Librarian/Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State University, New Kensington, PA

– Jason Gregory Kruse
Undergraduate Services Librarian, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


– Sally Dockter
Head, Reference & Research Services, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

– Ellen Keith
Director of Research and Access/Chief Librarian, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL



– Charla M. Gilbert
Director of Planning and Branch Operations, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

– Heidi Nance
Head, Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services and Collection Management Services Strategic Projects Librarian, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA


– Kerry Keegan
Customer Service Agent, Atlas Systems, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Good luck, candidates!

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Midwinter Meeting

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Don’t miss what we have in store for you at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting!


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Call for volunteers: ALA & RUSA committee service

A message from RUSA’s President Elect, Joe Thompson:

Hello RUSA members!

I’d like to encourage you to volunteer for ALA Committees before the volunteer form closes for these on November 1, 2013.  Committee appointments will be finalized at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, and notifications will be sent out in the spring.  Terms begin July 1, 2014.  Visit the ALA and Council Committees webpage for committee descriptions:  For technical assistance or for more information on the ALA-level committee appointments process, you may contact Kerri Price at

To volunteer, go to:

Of course I’d also like to see you volunteer for RUSA!  You do have a bit more time to get your name submitted for these however.  March 1, 2014 is the planned closing date to volunteer for our RUSA, BRASS, CODES, History, MARS, RSS, and STARS committees.  There’s no reason to put it off though, so volunteer today!  Keep in mind that attendance at ALA Midwinter may not be required for some committees and sections.  Feel free to contact the committee chair, section chair, or me if you have any questions about attendance.  Links to RUSA division-level and section committees can be found at  Access the volunteer form using the same URL provided above.  The menu to select section-level committees is located at the bottom of RUSA Committee Volunteer Form.

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. Learn more about the association at

Thanks for supporting your associations!


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From flight attendant to librarian: Q&A with Louise Feldmann, RUSA Director-at-Large

Over the next several weeks we will be highlighting members of RUSA’s Board of Directors. Take a minute and get to know our fantastic leaders!

Meet Louise, RUSA Director-at-Large. Not only is she business savvy, but she can deliver a baby at 35,000 feet! Want to chat about all things RUSA with Louise? You can reach her at the email at the end of this post.

Louise Feldmann
Louise Feldmann

Louise Feldmann
Business Librarian
Colorado State University

What are you currently reading or listening to?
Currently, I’m working my way through the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (so excited that a television series based on these novels is in the works!).  I just finished Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.  My reading interests are all over the place.  I love just browsing through our library’s literature collection and discovering gems!

What is the most interesting “reference” question you’ve ever been asked? (reference in quotes to allow for some flexibility in answering the question)
I’m a business librarian, so I get my fair share of “interesting” questions, from worm composting to motorcycle ownership in Pakistan.  I love a good, juicy reference question.  I can’t say I have one question that stands out; they have all been interesting!

Tell us about your current role at your library, and maybe a little bit about your career path, too.
I do the business subject stuff at Colorado State University Libraries – reference, instruction, and collection development.  I’ve been at Colorado State University for eight years.  Prior to coming to Fort Collins, I worked as a substitute adult reference librarian at Mountain View Public Library in California.

Describe a particularly rewarding experience in your library career.
Helping students is the most rewarding part of my job.  A few years ago, I assisted a team of business students with in-depth research on a company for a competition and they won!  They sent me a wonderful thank you letter.  It was great.  Thank you letters from students are fantastic.  I had one student tell me that I was like a rock star in the College of Business.  Brilliant!

Give one fun fact about yourself—can be personal or professional.
I was a flight attendant for 12 years and based in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Honolulu.  I have received training in how to deliver a baby at 35,000 feet!

Any hobbies?
I love to ski and travel.  I dabble in other things such as knitting, yoga, and painting.  Mostly these days, I drive my teen boys around to various activities!

Why did you join RUSA (and/or sections)?
I discovered RUSA when I started my academic librarian career.  I got involved in BRASS and through that discovered RUSA.

How has RUSA helped you in your career?
RUSA has helped me tremendously in my career, particularly via my participation in BRASS.  I’ve learned tons from colleagues across the country.  RUSA has provided invaluable learning and networking opportunities.

What are some of the RUSA activities you’ve participated in?
Most of my RUSA activities have been via BRASS.  I’ve chaired the discussion group and membership committee and served on the education and publication committees.  This past year I chaired the BRASS 25th anniversary party.

If you’re open to having RUSA members connecting with you directly, provide an e-mail address and/or phone number where they can reach you.
Absolutely!; 970-491-4262

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