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RUSA President’s Program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

It’s Complicated: Navigating the dynamic landscapes of digital literacy, collapsing contexts, and big data.
Join RUSA for a thoughtful discussion on the intersection of technology and society with keynote speaker and technology expert, danah boyd. Ms. boyd is a Visiting Professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, a faculty affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Center, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of Data & Society Research Institute and author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 3014 – 3016 West

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2015 ALA Annual Conference – Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction – Keynote speaker; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction – Keynote speaker; best-selling author, actor, and NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
Drum roll please . . . The two books chosen from the shortlist of six as winners of the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced at this event, an Annual Conference favorite since it was introduced in 2012. The announcement and presentation will be followed by a dessert and drinks reception where attendees can mingle with colleagues, authors, editors, and ALA leaders.

This is the fourth year for these awards, ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. Previous speakers from prior years have included award-winning crime writer Karin Slaughter, and the selection committee chair Nancy Pearl, and ALA leadership. Co-sponsored by Booklist and RUSA.  Add to my schedule. Purchase individual tickets. Purchase a table.

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015, Time: 8:00 – 10:00 PM, Location: Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom

Individual Pricing:

Category Early Bird Advance Onsite
Member  $30  $30  $30
Non Member  $30  $30  $30


If you are a member of RUSA use special code RUSA2015 to receive the price of $25

Table reservations will open late February and will remain open until mid-May. Stay Tuned!

Each table can accommodate up to 10 individuals and ensures that attendees will enjoy this exciting evening with their friends, colleagues and fellow book lovers. The table reservation form can be found here.

Maroon Sponsor ($750 per table)

  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint

Gold Sponsor ($1,000 per table)

  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony program
  • Pre-event acknowledgement in Booklist’s June REaD ALERT newsletter and the June issue of RUSA’s newsletter RUSA Update


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Call for 2016 MW Institute, AC Program & Preconference Proposals

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is now accepting institute, preconference and program proposals for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on May 11, 2015. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate section for approval before being entered in the proposal system online (see instructions below for entering approved section proposals). For more information about how to submit a proposal to a RUSA section, please contact the section chair. Section chair contact information can be found in the Section Executive Committee rosters here.

Session topics should showcase emerging trends and examples of driving change in the areas of reference services including but not limited to: marketing library services, advocacy, special populations, collection development, evaluation, readers’ advisory, instruction, business reference, emerging technologies, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, genealogy and historical research and more!

The RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee will review, organize and recommend for final approval to the RUSA Board all submitted section-approved proposals and select sessions based on their relevance to the profession and general interest to conference attendees who work in reference services at the 2015 annual conference.

Instructions for approved section proposal submission: Once your proposal is approved by the section, it should be entered here. Once you’ve logged in, click on “Click here to begin a new Proposal.”  Note that there is an option to propose a tour; all tours must be proposed in this system.

Since this is our first year using it, we’d appreciate any constructive feedback from users about the new program proposal system set up by ALA.

For more information, contact the RUSA office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4395.

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2015 ALA Annual Conference Meeting and Program Room Locations are Available!

Please see the room locations for meetings and programs at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. You can access them here.

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