Join us for an online discussion: Navigating the RA High-Wire Act: Practicing RA When You Don’t Read Widely

We’ve scheduled another CODES Conversations event! Come participate or listen in on this vigorous online discussion.

Navigating the RA High-Wire Act: Practicing RA When You Don’t Read Widely
Happening online, April 24-25, 2013
Hosted by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA

With untold numbers of books out there, sometimes it seems almost impossible for readers’ advisors to keep up with all the genres and publishing trends. This raises all sorts of interesting questions for consideration: How can a “poorly-read” librarian do readers’ advisory? How do you cope with unknown titles? How much do you read, and how widely?

Join readers’ advisors across the country for a two-day CODES Conversation on the best ways to find read-alikes and do readers’ advisory–even when you feel that you have not read enough–and help address the biggest myth in RA: that librarians have to read everything they suggest.

CODES Conversations are focused electronic conversations on current issues facing collection development and readers’ advisory librarians—or anyone interested in those areas.  The conversations are open to all who wish to participate (or lurk)!

This free, moderated discussion is open to all—just subscribe to the discussion at http://lists.ala.org/sympa/subscribe/codes-convos, then follow and contribute to the conversation over the two days of the discussion.

How and Why to Volunteer for RUSA

Dear RUSA Members,

I invite you to volunteer for one of RUSA’s and its sections’ committees.

If you are already a committee volunteer, thank you for your service: you are so much appreciated!  Because of your contributions, our division and sections accomplish much. RUSA, through its volunteers, has provided:

This is just a small sampling of what our volunteers plan and take part in, and what makes RUSA a terrific place for opportunities for service, your professional growth, and networking with colleagues.

If you are not yet a member of any of our committees, please join. All current members may volunteer here: http://www.ala.org/cfapps/committee/volunteerform (you will be asked to login using your ALA login).

Second, write to the vice-chair of the section who will appoint the committees for 2014.  Tell him or her about your experience and why you can be of help to these groups.  Contact them at:

Andy Spackman
andy_spackman@byu.edu   
RUSA BRASS Vice-Chair (Business Reference and Services Section)

Asia E. Gross 
agross@stchlibrary.org
RUSA CODES Vice-Chair (Collection Development and Evaluation Section)

Michelle M. Baildon   
baildon@mit.edu        
RUSA History Vice-Chair (History Section)

Samuel Rutherford Stormont
srstormont@widener.edu      
RUSA MARS Vice-Chair (MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section)

Ann K. G. Brown
agbrown@email.gwu.edu
RUSA RSS Vice-Chair (Reference Services Section)

Nora E. Dethloff
ndethloff@uh.edu
RUSA STARS Vice-Chair (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

In addition, please feel free to write to M. Kathleen Kern (katkern@illinois.edu), our current RUSA Vice President who is appointing to RUSA committees for her presidential term in 2014. 

A quick note to potential book lover volunteers: many members are interested in serving on the Notable Books Council, where three of the committee members for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction come from. The number of volunteers far outnumbers the slots for members on this committee. Don’t forget that we have many other committees for book lovers that are looking for members, too! Check out our Listen List, the Reading List, the Sophie Brody award, and all the others on our committee roster page. All provide excellent experience in book reviewing.

Thank you again to all our current, past and future volunteers – you are truly what makes RUSA such a wonderful place to be!

Best Wishes,

Susan Hornung

RUSA Executive Director

shornung@ala.org

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!

 

CODES Conversations: Genre: Friend or Foe? Join the online discussion December 4-6

Join RUSA CODES Readers Advisory Research and Trends Committee for a three-day CODES Conversation on the subject of genre: what it means and how we use, or don’t use, the genre designation, what genre means to you, etc.  This free, moderated, focused e-mail discussion takes place December 4-6, 2012.  It’s open to all — just subscribe to the discussion at http://lists.ala.org/sympa/subscribe/codes-convos, then follow and contribute to the conversation via e-mail over the three days of the discussion.

Please join us!

CODES Conversations are focused electronic conversations on current issues facing collection development and readers’ advisory librarians—or anyone interested in those areas.  The conversations are open to all who wish to participate (or lurk)!