RUSA’sÂ ALA Annual Conference Highlights:
Preconference advanced registration ends June 20th!
This full-day workshop will address common information needs of entrepreneurs, including locating information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both â€œMain Streetâ€ and technology start-ups, and which free or premium resources to use.
This all-day preconference addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with genealogical patrons, volunteer, scholars, or educators. Read more
This preconference is a free event, but you must register, please fill out the form here:Â https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7HHNDJP.
Learn why people do not ask for what they really want, find out about the psychological barriers to asking for help, and discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions. Read moreÂ Â Add to my schedule
Whether youâ€™re new to RUSA or a longtime member looking for an opportunity to connect with other members and ways to get involved and spend an hour with us before heading off to the opening of the exhibit floor. Refreshments and raffle prizes!
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RUSA President’s Program – Free to all conference registrants
Are our own values and self-perceptions interfering with providing services that our patron communities both need and want?
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Noteworthy and Valuable RUSA Programming – Free to all conference registrants
Maker spaces and 3D printers are hip and libraries are using them to ensure that they remain relevant and are perceived as keeping up with the latest trends. One of the trends that has not received much attention, however, is the fact that books are still our brand and reading is the main reason citizens view the library as valuable and continue to support it. Read more. Add to my schedule.
Emerging technologies in ILL and Document Delivery now permit an unprecedented amount of scripting and coding development in libraries, but as resource sharing librarians we’ve only taken advantage of this opportunity in isolated pockets. Read more Add to my schedule
A wide array of new instructional technologies has joined an increased understanding of the diversity of learning styles to foment new forms of teaching and information sharing. Data visualization is increasingly used in higher education and libraries to organize information, or provide new and innovative ways of disseminating data and learning objective. Read more Add to my schedule
The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.Read more Add to my schedule
The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project, developed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Library, is a project dedicated to those â€˜affiliated with and affected byâ€™ the â€˜nuclear proving groundâ€™ in Nevada. Read moreÂ Add to my schedule
Mad Men: The Business of Advertising
Many companies spend millions on advertising their brands and products, yet data can be hard to find. Specialized sources, available at many large libraries, focus on these statistics. The information they contain can be used by business students, researchers, or the general public. Read more Add to my schedule
Labor Solidarity in a â€œRight-to-Workâ€ State
The rich labor history of Las Vegas will serve as the setting to understand the impact â€œright-to-workâ€ laws have on the workforce.
Awards, Authors,Â Adult LiteratureÂ & Appreciation!Â
RUSAÂ Awards Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party,Â Hang out with RUSA colleagues and celebrate this year’s award winners at the RUSA Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party.Â
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Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year,Â RUSAÂ will hostÂ three award-winning authors â€” Christopher Buehlman, Daniel J. Brown, Tessa Dare and V.E. SchwabÂ — AÂ conference tradition that features authors fromÂ RUSAâ€™sÂ literaryÂ awards. Read moreÂ Free to all conference registrants!Â Â Â Add to my conference scheduleÂ Â #literarytastes
Dear RUSA Members,
The Midwinter conference will be in Philadelphia this year and I hope those of you who will be there will take time to visit with us at the RUSA Membership Social. It will be held Saturday, January 25, from 5:30pm â€“ 7pm at the Sheraton, Liberty Ballroom B. Join us to mingle, meet the RUSA board members, committee chairs, and volunteer leaders, and have a little bit of fun. Weâ€™ll have a raffle and, new this year, a trivia contest! Great prizes and refreshments will be available so be sure to come and bring your friends and colleagues â€“ all members and visitors are welcome!
One other event that is always of interest to all RUSA members and book lovers is the Book & Media reception taking place Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Sheraton, Liberty Ballroom A, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Weâ€™ll unveil the winners of The Reading List, Notable Books (which help form the long list for the Andrew Carnegie Medals of Excellence for Fiction and Nonfiction) and Listen List selections, as well as the winners of the Dartmouth Medal for reference, the Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish literature, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for achievement in promoting African-American literature, the Louis Shores Award for book reviewing and many more. All ALA Midwinter Meeting participants are invited to this celebration on-site in Philadelphia. Thanks go to our event sponsor NoveList and the publishers for Â donating their books to our committees. If you canâ€™t attend, you will be able to track the announcements on Twitter with the hashtag #literarytastes. Donâ€™t miss this wonderful event. We hope to see you there!
This year, RUSA is co-sponsoring a Midwinter Institute with ASCLA (the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies) on creating and designing online courses â€“ advance registration ends January 15, 2014 so now is the time to register:
Designing Online Courses for Significant Learning Experiences
January 24, 8:00am-4:00pm
If youâ€™re a trainer, instructor or teacher donâ€™t miss attending this valuable workshop co-sponsored by ASCLA and RUSA, and presented by international consultant Dr. Stewart Ross on the most effective practices designing and teaching online courses. More information is here. REGISTRATION RATES:Â ASCLA and RUSAÂ members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $349; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229.Â Event Code: ASC3. Register now!
In addition,Â the RUSA board will meet twice in Philadelphia; please feel free to join us as our honored guests. The meetings will be held:
Board of Directors I (RUSA)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Board of Directors I (RUSA) 1:30-3:30
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 118 A
Board of Directors II (RUSA)
Monday, January 27, 2014
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center – 115 B
RUSA Town Hall: All RUSA members are invited to share comments, suggestions and concerns with the RUSA Board at the beginning of RUSA Board Meeting I, Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Pennsylvania Convention Center – 118 A. For those who want to participate virtually, the following chat rooms are available and will be monitored by board members (these chat rooms will be public; anyone may read the posts, but you will have to login to Connect to post messages):
Chat Room 1:Â http://connect.ala.org/node/215389
Chat Room 2: http://connect.ala.org/node/215390
Chat Room 3: http://connect.ala.org/node/215391
Chat Room 4: http://connect.ala.org/node/215392
Landing page for all chat rooms: http://connect.ala.org/rusa?gh=31208Â Â
Specific Questions for Discussion:
Please join us â€“ we want to hear from you!
It has been wonderful to work with all the RUSA members this past year. We have so many wonderful things to offer to members such as service on our book award committees, our beloved Literary Tastes and Book & Media Awards events, guidelines for reference and user services and our online educational sessions among others. We couldnâ€™t have done any of this without the invaluable advice and assistance of our member leaders and volunteers.Â I want to thank every RUSA member for all their dedicated work and loyalty in helping to make our division successful; itâ€™sÂ a pleasure and a privilege to serve you! Best Wishes for a happy new year!
Â Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA