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.

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

RUSA’s new Vice-President/President-Elect! 2015-2016

Alesia McManus, Director of the Howard Community College Library, Columbia, MD, has been elected the 2015-2016 RUSA’s new Vice-President/President-Elect.

Also on the ballot were RUSA members Mary Parker, Associate Director, Minitex, Minneapolis, MN and Aaron Dobbs, Scholarly Communication & Electronic Resource Development Librarian at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, PA

RUSA thanks all the candidates who stood for election, as well as all the members who voted. Their efforts to impact and enhance RUSA are extremely valuable to the future of the organization.

Voting ends Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:00pm (CST)

Please don’t forget to cast your vote for a new RUSA vice-president/president-elect by Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6:00pm CT.

To vote, login to the RUSA Division Group in Connect (http://connect.ala.org/rusa) and go to the poll here: http://connect.ala.org/node/243828 to vote.

If you have any problems logging in, please call the ALA Member and Customer Service Center at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5.

If you have any questions, please email rusa@ala.org.