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Job Announcement: RUSA Update Editor

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is inviting applications for the position of Editor of RUSA Update, the quarterly newsletter of RUSA. Guided by RUSA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format and timely publication of RUSA Update and will prepare an annual plan indicating areas expected to be addressed in quarterly issues. This position is an excellent professional development and leadership opportunity within RUSA.

The RUSA Update Editor is 2-year appointment, beginning at the end of ALA Annual Conference 2014 and ending at the end of the Annual Conference in 2016. Appointee must be a RUSA member. Term is renewable upon approval of the RUSA Board. The Editor is appointed by the President of RUSA in consultation with the RUSA Communications and Publications Committee.

RUSA contributes $1,000 per year to help offset the conference expenses of the RUSA Update editor.  In addition, the RUSA Update editor receives complimentary registration for both conferences and VIP early registration for hotels.

Please see the job description at the end of this message for full details. 

To apply for the editor position, please send a statement of interest and CV to Susan Hornung, shornung@ala.org, no later than May 3, 2014. 

Job Description: RUSA Update Editor

Reports to: RUSA Board

Term: 2-year appointment, beginning at the end of ALA Annual Conference 2014 and ending at the end of the Annual Conference in 2016. Term is renewable upon approval of the RUSA Board. The Editor is appointed by the President of RUSA in consultation with the RUSA Communications and Publications Committee.  The RUSA Update Editor must be a member of the Reference and User Services Association.

Summary of Position: 

 RUSA Update is the official newsletter of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.
 RUSA Update serves as a primary communication channel between RUSA and the library and member communities.
 Guided by RUSA editorial policy, the editor is responsible for the content, format and timely publication of RUSA Update and will prepare an annual plan indicating areas expected to be addressed in quarterly issues.
 The Publications and Communications Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the editor and develops guidelines to assist the editor.
 Editorial policies are approved by the RUSA Board.

Specific Responsibilities:

 Invite news and announcements related to RUSA, its sections, members and interests.
 Work closely with RUSA office staff, particularly the Marketing Manager, to identify, develop and incorporate content from the RUSA Office.  Develop regular communication mechanisms for working with the RUSA office. 
 Set an annual publication schedule.
 Share content deadlines with the RUSA president (who writes a message for each issue), RUSA committee chairs and section members responsible for providing section content for each issue.
 Establish a schedule of routine items that are expected to appear in each quarterly issue and solicit the required information from RUSA members and staff following the schedule, such as RUSA awards, actions of the Board, conference programs and activities, election results, committee appointments, president’s letter etc.
 Set expectations for section content.  Develop guidelines for article content and length in collaboration with the RUSA Publications & Communications Committee, the RUSA Blog editor, RUSA staff, and the RUSA Executive Committee.  Develop communication channels with sections and standing committees
 Edit articles for length, content, style, and correct grammatical usage, consulting with other experts as needed.  The RUSA Communications and Publications Committee serves as an unofficial editorial board
 Prepare articles for each issue for posting to the RUSA Update website and submit files via e-mail to the RUSA office.
 Provide leadership to a team to develop new directions for communication strategies for RUSA.
 Attend RUSA Board meetings as non-voting ex-officio member at ALA Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings, and attend as many section and committee meetings, programs, and other RUSA-related events as possible.

Honoraria:

RUSA contributes $1000 per year to help offset the conference expenses of the RUSA Update editor.  In addition, the RUSA Update editor receives complimentary registration for both conferences and VIP early registration for hotels.

(4-1-14 – rev)

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Apply for a grant through the Smart investing @ your library program

Interested in applying for a grant from the Smart investing @ your library® program. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000. Funds may be used for a variety of activities that promote financial literacy in public and community college libraries. Contact Margaret Monsour at 1-800-545-2433 or mmonsour@ala.org to learn more. Deadline to apply is June 5, 2014

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ALA seeks candidates for 2014 Google Policy Summer Fellowship!

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Library Association is pleased to participate in the Google Policy Fellows program for 2014. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation at the program’s founding.

For the summer of 2014, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA Washington Office to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. The Google Washington office provides an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff.

The fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that may include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband deployment, telecommunications policy (including e-rate and network neutrality), digital divide, access to information, free expression, digital literacy, online privacy, the future of libraries generally, and many other topics.

Jamie Schleser, a doctoral student at American University, served as the ALA 2013 Google Policy Fellow. Schleser worked with OITP to apply her dissertation research regarding online-specific digital libraries to articulate visions and strategies for the future of libraries.

Further information about the program and host organizations is available at the Google Public Policy Fellowship website. Applications are due by Monday, April 14, 2014. ALA encourages all interested graduate students to apply and, of course, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs. Here’s a link to the application: https://www.google.com/policyfellowship/faq.html

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RUSA Preconferences at 2014 ALA Annual Conference!

RUSA PRECONFERENCES at 2014 ALA Annual Conference
Preconference advanced registration ends June 20th!
Register here!

How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs 
Ready to maximize the value of your library to local entrepreneurs? This full-day workshop will address common information needs of entrepreneurs, including locating information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both “Main Street” and technology start-ups, and which free or premium resources to use. Speakers will also discuss existing best practices in local small business support along with examples of collaboration with entrepreneurship faculty. Participants will learn what constitutes acceptable use of subscription business e-resources by entrepreneurs and how to work with vendors to avoid infringement claims.
Friday, June 27, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Speakers:Duck Chung, MISt, Information Specialist, Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada;  Helen Kula, MISt, Data Product Manager, Data Catalyst, MaRS Discovery District and University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Christina Kim, MISt, Information Specialist, Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District, and University of Toronto Libraries. Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Posie Aagaard, Assistant Dean for Collections and Curriculum Support, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Jared Hoppenfeld, BBA, MLIS Assistant Professor/Business Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, TX; Elizabeth Malafi, MSLIS,Coordinator, Adult Service and the Miller Business Resource Center, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY. Centereach, NY., Register here!

History Genealogy
day preconference addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with genealogical patrons, volunteer, scholars, or educators. Nationally known specialists will discuss everything from Ancestors Roadshows to personalized research, webinar outreach, new online offerings, and making the financial case for genealogical librarianship. Luncheon will be provided by our sponsor, ProQuest.
Friday, June 27, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Speaker: TBA.,  Register here!

Reference Interview 
Learn why people do not ask for what they really want, find out about the psychological barriers to asking for help, and discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions.  This interactive workshop covers techniques for in-person, telephone, and chat/IM reference services, and will be valuable for staff at any level of experience.
Friday, June 27, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
Speakers: Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean at California State University, Fresno, Nicolette Sosulski, Business Librarian, Portage District Library, Register here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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