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Reference and User Services Quarterly – RUSQ, Volume 54, No. 1 is now available! (Fall 2014)

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,, 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

Barry Trott,

Editor, RUSQ,

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Introducing the Newly Developed National Guidelines and Best Practices for Financial Literacy Education in Libraries!

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.

Read more. Register here.

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LAST CHANCE–Register NOW for Health Information 101

***LAST CHANCE! Registration for “Health Information 101” has been extended through the end of the weekend. Phone registrations will be taken on Monday, September 15.***

Register for this course now!


“Health Information 101″ prepares librarians to assist their patrons with access to reliable health information resources.

Did you know that having librarians on staff who are savvy about health information websites, the business of healthcare and medical terminology can provide a great service to their library users?

Some of the key skills you’ll acquire are the ability to:

  • Construct an information search using medical terminology
  • Formulate a search strategy in PubMed
  • Adopt health reference interview techniques
  • Recommend consumer health resources based on patron literacy levels
  • Design a shame free environment within the library
  • Apply the Ten Question Consumer Health Website Evaluation Checklist
  • Describe healthcare reforms

Students who complete this course receive 1 CEU credit.

This asynchronous course runs September 15-October 26, 2014.

Learn more about the instructor and the course.


**Please share this message with colleagues or distribution lists who may find it of interest!**

Phone registration can be handled by calling 1.800.545.2433 and press 5 to be connected with ALA Member and Customer Service.

REGISTER for this online course NOW!

Sign up as a group–it’s a great way to start the conversation about improved service delivery at your library. Two or more registrants from the same library, library system or network get 15% off the individual registration rates. If you need help registering a large group, please contact ALA Member and Customer Service at 1.800.545.2433 and press 5.

This six-week course is offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), ALA’s reference experts.

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