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Transition Plan in development for RUSA Vice-President/President-Elect

Good afternoon RUSA members,

I want to make you aware that the RUSA Board of Directors is working on developing a transition plan regarding an opening in our position of RUSA Vice-President/President-Elect for 2014-2015, RUSA President for 2015-2016, and RUSA Past President for 2016-2017.  Susan Hornung (RUSA Executive Director) and I received an email from Liane Taylor on Thursday, June 4th making us aware that she needed to resign as our current RUSA Vice President/President Elect.  Susan and I immediately began reviewing our RUSA Bylaws and Susan has contacted ALA’s parliamentarian, Eli Mina, for his interpretation and advice regarding our options.  

Though we have a short timeline between now and the ALA Annual Conference, the RUSA Board is developing a plan that will allow for a smooth transition and will position RUSA to be able to immediately begin doing the work to support our new Strategic Plan.  I’m confident that we will quickly find a very workable solution and I wanted to make sure that you all are also aware of what’s happening.  We’ll keep you updated as we have more information.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions. 

I also would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to read our new RUSA Strategic Plan for July 2015 – June 2018.  I’ve provided an introduction to the plan in the Spring 2015 RUSA Update, which can be found at:

http://www.rusa.ala.org/rusaupdate/2015/06/08/rusa-strategic-plan 

The full Spring 2015 issue of RUSA Update can be found here, which highlights many of the ALA Annual Conference activities that will be taking place across the sections and the association:

http://www.rusa.ala.org/rusaupdate 

Thanks so much, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing many of you soon in San Francisco!

-Joe

Joseph Thompson

RUSA President 2014-2015

Thompson at hcplonline.org

 

 

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Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year 

Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their work and the craft of writing, while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program. Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA. A refreshing and light breakfast will be served. All Annual Conference registrants are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, West Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor

Speakers:

  • Katherine Addison for Goblin Emperor (Tor Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Fantasy category.
  • Amy Belding Brown for Flight of the Sparrow (New American Library, 2014)shortlist selection for the 2015 Reading List’s Historical Fiction category.
  • Stuart Rojstaczer for The Mathematician’s Shiva (Penguin, 2014), Honorable Mention for the 2015 Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish Literature.
  • Ashley Weaver for Murder at the Brightwell (Minotaur Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Mystery category.
  • Jo Walton for My Real Children (Tor Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Women’s Fiction category.

 

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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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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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