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RUSA’s President’s Program: Be Our Guest! Transform Your Library into an Exciting Experience for Users

Dave Cobb will be the keynote speaker at the President’s Program hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Cobb, vice president, creative development of the Thinkwell Group, is an expert on designing immersive educational experiences for museums and theme parks. He’ll draw on his observations and experience with local Orlando theme parks and talk about how libraries can tell stories with space and win over library users.

He will be joined with two expert responders from the library world, John Blyberg, assistant director for innovation and UX at the Darien Library; and Steven Bell, associate university librarian for research & instructional services at Temple University.

Read the full press release here.

 

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RUSA Virtual Town Hall, June 15, 2016

Make your voice count!


The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 1PM PT / 2PM MT / 3PM CT / 4PM ET to give all RUSA members (and prospective members!) a chance to ask questions about the organization and give input on our current and future directions.

We invite you to submit questions and suggestions ahead of time or ask them during the Town Hall. You can submit your question here up until June 10th: http://goo.gl/forms/7pHP8S4Yy3.

RUSA President Anne Houston and RUSA Vice-President Alesia McManus will be present at the Town Hall to answer questions. We look forward to talking with you!

To attend the meeting please click on this link http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r8iomgg8ab7/  or dial in using: 1-866-717-7547 with participant code: 72620830#, on June 15th.

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2016 RUSA Election Results

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 RUSA elections!

Thank you to all the RUSA members who voted in the elections. Your votes help guide the leadership of RUSA and contribute to the success of the organization and its mission. This year’s election results are:

RUSA
PRESIDENT-ELECT – Chris Lebeau
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE – Jenny Presnell, Jennifer Boettcher

BRASS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Greg Fleming
SECRETARY – Ilana Stonebraker
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Annette Buckley

CODES
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Patrick Wall
SECRETARY – Patricia Gregory
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Andrea Copeland, Issac (Ike) Pulver

ETS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Beth Boatright
SECRETARY – Geoffrey Morse
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Shannon Jones

HISTORY
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Chellammal Vaidyanathan
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Nancy Bunker

RSS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Rebecca Jackson
SECRETARY – Jessica Hagman
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Colleen Seale

STARS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Micquel Little
SECRETARY – Naomi Chow
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Peter Bae

Terms begin immediately following the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

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Celia Ross appointed as new vendor relations liaison

RUSA President, Anne Houston, has appointed Celia Ross, Associate Librarian at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan as RUSA’s newest position, Vendor Relations Liaison.

The Vendor Relations Liaison’s role is to facilitate communication between RUSA, including its staff, members, committees, sections and Executive Board, and database providers, publishers and other research resource vendors in order to ensure the continued support of RUSA’s awards, events, learning opportunities and strategic plan. The Liaison will also work to highlight the value and impact produced by this collaboration.

“Celia has had a direct impact on the professional development of many librarians, drawing them into business reference services and research. Celia is the ideal candidate for this position in that she has been one of RUSA’s greatest assets in advocating for our profession, creating and maintaining relationships with industry vendors and securing sponsorships for many of RUSA’s awards and events. Her rapport within and without the library community goes unmatched and we are beyond excited to have her as the face of our vendor relations liaison,” said RUSA President, Anne Houston.

In collaboration with RUSA, vendors gain unique access to a targeted audience of RUSA members, including reference and acquisitions librarians, collection development specialists, and other information professionals, resulting in a mutually beneficial partnership.

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