Let RUSA’s new Career Resources help you find your dream job!

Looking for a library job? You’ve come to the right place!

We know how hard it can be looking for a job in today’s market. To help you out, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has created a Career Resources page to make your job search more effective and productive. Whether your specialty is in academic, special, corporate, or public libraries, we’ve got something for everyone looking for a job in reference and user services.

You’ll find a wealth of resources from job banks, state and regional library chapters, interview tips, how to brand and promote yourself and a list of the best career resource books on the market! Visit the Career Resources page today and start your job search on the right foot.

This page is monitored and updated frequently with additional information–keep checking back to see what’s new!

Have a helpful tip or resource worth including? Email RUSA Membership Assistant Leighann Wood with your submission at lwood -at-  ala.org.

Happy hunting!


Intrepid public business librarians wanted for Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award

Are you a public librarian in need of funds to attend ALA’s Annual Conference? You’ve come to the right place!

The Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award, sponsored by Morningstar, offers $1,000 in travel funds to a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the conference. Submit your nomination by December 15!

The winner must be a member of ALA, RUSA and BRASS. The recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian and the potential to be a leader in the profession. In addition, he or she will be expected to participate in BRASS activities at the conference for which the award has been made and to write a short statement regarding his or her experience at the conference for publication following the event.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following: involvement in special projects; creation of a business web site; outstanding service to the community; publications; or related activities.

To nominate a deserving librarian, download and complete a nomination form, following the submission instructions therein. Questions  should be directed to the committee chair, Melissa Jeter at melissacjeter@gmail.com.

RUSA Approves New Definition of Reference

At the January 14, 2008, meeting of the RUSA Board, a new definition of reference was approved. It was based on solicited input received on the RUSA Blog as of 12/8/07. Thank you to all those who gave input, as well as all those who worked hard to come up with a definition that could be supported by so many.

Lisa R. Horowitz
Chair, Reference Services Section (2007-2008)

Definition of Reference
Approved by RUSA Board, 1-14-08

by subgroup of RSS Executive Committee

Reference Transactions are information consultations in which
library staff recommend, interpret, evaluate, and/or use information resources
to help others to meet particular information needs. Reference transactions do
not include formal instruction or exchanges that provide assistance with
locations, schedules, equipment, supplies, or policy statements.

Reference Work includes reference transactions and other
activities that involve the creation, management, and assessment of information
or research resources, tools, and services.

(The following bullets clarify what is meant
by terms within the Reference Work definition.)

Creation and management of information
includes the
development and maintenance of research collections, research guides, catalogs,
databases, web sites, search engines, etc., that patrons can use independently,
in-house or remotely, to satisfy their information needs.

Assessment activities include the measurement and evaluation of reference work,
resources, and services.

BRASS Thomson Financial Student Travel Award

BRASS Thomson Financial Student
Travel Award

Thomson Financial Student Travel Award would like to encourage library school
student’s to apply for this year’s award to travel to the American Libraries
Association’s annual conference, which will be held in Anaheim, CA June 26-July
2, 2008. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

recipient shall have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as a business
reference librarian and the potential to be a leader in the profession. This
may be demonstrated by: course work, internship, practicum, jobs, special
projects, publications and related activities.

recipient should be a student in an ALA
accredited library school.

recipient has not been awarded a previous or concurrent ALA sponsored travel award.

must be willing to participate in BRASS activities at the ALA Conference for
which the award has been made and write a short statement following the
conference on his or her experience to be published in RUSA Update.

 Nomination of Candidates

Applications for
nominations are to be made in writing via email to the Chair of the committee,
(Tina.Adams@nau.edu). The applicants will be evaluated by the BRASS committee
on the basis of their written applications, references, academic merit, and
potential for leadership in the profession, stating in detail the contributions
of the individual. Applications are due to the Chair by December 1 or the due date as specified of other ALA awards that year.

Applicants must submit a
written application for the award stating their academic and professional
achievements and reasons for choosing business librarianship as a profession
along with an academic transcript and three letters of reference

Presentation of the Award

Formal announcement and
presentation of the award shall be made at the BRASS membership meeting at each
ALA Annual Conference.

Form and/or Type of Award

award of $1,000 for travel expenses incurred at the ALA Annual Conference which
would include a one-year membership to ALA/RUSA/BRASS if the recipient is not
already a member.

recipient of the award will be formally invited by the Chair of BRASS to attend
BRASS Executive Committee meetings and other BRASS activities.

Tina M. Adams
Chair, BRASS Thomson Financial Student Travel Award Committee
Cline Library
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 6022
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

(928) 523-6849