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The Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), with the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announces Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service. These guidelines and best practices relating to financial literacy education in libraries are the result of a SPARKS! Grant awarded to RUSA by IMLS.
The purpose of these guidelines and best practices will facilitate the provision of financial literacy education in libraries nationwide.
Check out the Sept 25th, archived free webinar on the Financial Literacy Education in Libraries: Guidelines and Best Practices for Service here, which was presented by the BRASS members of the grant Working Team.
A very special thank you to the Advisory Group and Working Team!
Advisory Group: Working Team:
Ted Beck Kit Keller
Lori Burgess Chris Lebeau*
Judy Chapa Elizabeth Malafi*
Kristin Eschenfelder Andy Spackman
* Indicates serving on Advisory Group and Working Team
Welcome to RUSQ 54:1 (Fall 2014). As this issue goes live, I hope that RUSA members are enjoying a smooth start to the Fall. Whether you are in an academic, public, school, or special library, the Autumn offers new opportunities and possibilities.
I think that this issue of RUSQ offers a wide range of interesting reading. In some column highlights, RUSA President, Joseph Thompson starts off his first column by putting the RUSA strategic planning process in context; Howard Schwartz looks at RUSA standards in the virtual reference world; the Management column explores how graduate teaching assistants can improve library services and gain valuable experience; we look at the Maker Movement in Louisville Public Library in the “Accidental Technologist,” Michelle Woroniak challenges us to examine services to Indigenous Peoples in “Readers’ Advisory;” the Information Literacy column suggests ways to improve services to users with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and the “Alert Collector” examines Postmodernism.
Our feature articles are “Full-Time Reference with Part-Time Librarians: Dealing with Staffing Realities, Meeting User Needs” by Valery King and Sara Christensen-Lee and “Breaking the Ice: Facebook Friending and Reference Interactions” by Scott Stone
We also have the annual “Best Free Reference Websites” list from RUSA’s MARS Emerging Technologies section, and of course there are the great reviews that you come to expect from the journal.
I would also like to mention that we are seeking guest columnists with an interest in writing about issues and practice in Information Literacy & Instruction. We consider submissions that address traditional perspectives, as well as those that explore novel or specialized aspects of the field. Librarians, teachers, students, and professionals welcome to apply. Contact column editor, Kelly Myer Polacek, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information or to discuss column ideas.
As always, please let me know what you would like to see in the journal and if you are interested in writing for RUSQ, please contact me at email@example.com.
Free Introduction Webinar (five-part webinar series to follow throughout 2015)
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM (CST)
Management of personal finances requires information. Different kinds of information are needed to safely and successfully earn, borrow, save, invest, spend, and protect against risk. As with other literacies, libraries are uniquely qualified to address this information need. This webinar will describe the rationale, process, and purpose of these national guidelines and best practices, with recommendations for implementation.