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Outstanding Preconferences at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs
What are common misconceptions about intellectual property among entrepreneurs? Two IP attorneys will discuss disputes and challenges startups are facing. Librarians and entrepreneurs will also get tips from experts on effective patent and trademark searching, learn about Patent and Trademark Resource Centers, and get introduced to best practices in library collaboration with the university commercialization office. Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. Register here.

Speakers:
  • Alex Feerst, Attorney, Durie Tangri LLP, Genevieve Rosloff, Attorney, Genevieve Rosloff, Esq. and Highway1 Incubat
  • John Schlipp, Associate Professor & Intellectual Property Librarian, Intellectual Property, Awareness Center (IPAC), Northern Kentucky University Steely Library
  • Linda Kocis, Intellectual Property Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Elliott, Assistant Librarian, Main Library A206, University of Arizona
  • Jason Dewland, Assistant Librarian, Main Library A207, University of Arizona
Moderator: Natasha Arguello, Business Research Librarian, Chair of BRASS Education Committee, University of Texas at San Antonio
Facilitator: Ashley E. Faulkner, Business Librarian, Assistant Professor, West Campus Library, University Libraries, Texas A&M University

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2005 West

Cost: Members $149, Non Members $169


ILL Data Storm – Practical Assessment
Using data to inform decisions in a library is paramount in today’s world of tight budgets.  Managers, Directors, Deans, and Provosts want numbers to prove that a service is beneficial.  Several resource sharing professionals will speak to how they collect and use data, whether to improve services, influence collection decisions, or justify their existence.  At the end of the program, attendees will walk away with ideas about how to assess their ILL data for improvements in their department.  Time will be allotted for small groups to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas.  Librarians, managers, and staff involved in developing or using resource sharing and interlibrary loan data, will really enjoy this preconference. Sponsored by the Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA. Register here.

Speakers:

  • Heidi Nance, University of Washington, Head, ILL and Document DeliveryCollette Mak, University of Notre Dame, Outreach and Scholarly Communications Librarian
  • Tom Bruno, Yale University, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves
  • Krista Higham, Millersville University, Access Services Librarian
  • Sue Kaler, Massachusetts Library System, ILL Manager
  • Micquel Little, Claremont University, Director of User Services and Resource Sharing
  • Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University, Resource Acquisition and Sharing Director

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2000 West

Cost: Members $139, Non Members $159

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Learn More About RUSA & Get Involved – A Favorite Signature Event At The 2015 ALA Annual Conference

RUSA 101: Network, Get Oriented, Get Involved
If you’re new to RUSA or a longtime member looking for an opportunity to connect with other members and ways to get involved, make sure to put RUSA 101 on your calendar! Spend an hour with us on Friday from 3-4p.m. before heading off to the opening of the exhibit floor. Sponsored by all RUSA Sections.

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM, Location: Westin St. Francis, Tower Salon A & B

Speaker: Ann Brown

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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 rusa@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4395.

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BREAKING – ALA unveils shortlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

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The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. As part of an announcement and medal presentation event at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco in June, each winning author will receive $5,000, and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

Selected 2015 shortlisted titles are:

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Shortlist

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson. Published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House.

Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Institute in Montgomery, Alabama, delivers a passionate account of the ways our nation thwarts justice and inhumanely punishes the poor and disadvantaged.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Published by Henry Holt.

Kolbert combines travel adventures, lucid science, and informed and awestruck descriptions of natural wonders, from rainforests to the Great Barrier Reef, to forthrightly address the deleterious impact our use of fossil fuels is having on the very fabric of life.

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, by Lawrence Wright. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC.

Pulitzer-winning journalist Wright presents a riveting blow-by-blow analysis of the historic 1978 meeting between Egypt and Israel brokered by then-president Jimmy Carter. A moving testament to the art of diplomacy that almost invites optimism, even as prospects for peace in today’s Middle East dim.

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Through the intertwined stories of a sightless French girl and a German soldier, Doerr masterfully and imaginatively re-creates the harsh conditions in WWII-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.

Nora Webster, by Colm Tóibín. Published by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

In Tóibín’s remarkably subtle, witty, and affirming story, the Ireland of four decades ago and the conundrums women faced are beautifully evoked through events in the three-year widowhood of fortysomething Nora Webster.

On Such a Full Sea, by Chang-rae Lee. Published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA).

As young Fan searches for her missing boyfriend in an America devastated by climate change and a pandemic, Lee brilliantly imagines extreme survival tactics, psychological trauma, and the resurrection of art and its solace.

The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Brad Hooper, Adult Books Editor at Booklist and winner of the 2015 Louis Shores Award for excellence in reviewing, serves as chair of the 2015 awards selection committee.

The awards are made possible, in part, by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world, and are co-sponsored by ALA’s Booklist Publications and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Annotations and more information on the finalists and the awards can be found at http://www.ala.org/carnegieadult.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

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