RUSA Division and Section 2013 Slate of Nominees

We are excited to announce the RUSA Division and Section slate of nominees standing for election in 2013. They are:

Joseph Thompson, RUSA Vice-President
Denise Ann Forro, RUSA Vice-President
Steve Alleman, RUSA Director-At-Large
Agnes Widder, RUSA Director-At-Large
Louise Mort Feldmann, RUSA Director-At-Large
Margaret Ellingson, RUSA Director-At-Large
Erin Rushton, RUSA Secretary
Anthony Lin, RUSA Secretary

Todd Hines, BRASS Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Peter Mckay, BRASS Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Chad Boeninger, BRASS Member-At-Large
Elizabeth Malafi, BRASS Member-At-Large

Joseph Yue, CODES Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Deborah Abston, CODES Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Kate Kosturski, CODES Member-At-Large
Ed Kownslar, CODES Member-At-Large
Yem Fong, CODES Member-At-Large

Jenny L. Presnell, HS Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Nancy Bunker, HS Member-At-Large
Nick Wyant, HS Member-At-Large
Helene Lafrance, HS Secretary
Jennifer Dorner, HS Secretary

Donna Scanlon, MARS Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Stephanie Graves, MARS Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
Matt Torrence, MARS Member-At-Large
Amy Fry, MARS Member-At-Large

Peter Collins, RSS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Qiana Johnson, RSS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Elizabeth (Betsy) Park, RSS Member-At-Large
Don Boozer, RSS Member-At-Large

Christina Baich, STARS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Tom Bruno, STARS Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Jennifer DeVito, STARS Member-At-Large
Megan Gaffney, STARS Member-At-Large
Krista Higham, STARS Member-At-Large
Martha Yancy, STARS Member-At-Large

A heartfelt thank you to all above who are standing for election and donating their valuable time!

Susan Hornung
Executive Director, RUSA


BREAKING NEWS: NoveList’s NextReads recognized with RUSA’s Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing

SEATTLE–The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected the team behind Next Reads, an e-newsletter tool for libraries from EBSCO’s NoveList, as the recipients of the 2013 Louis Shores Award for book reviewing.

For the past seven years, the NextReads team has produced over 1,800 individual newsletter issues reviews that have helped to shape the professional readers’ advisory community and communities of readers across the country. By offering readers a thoughtful mix of reviews of new and selected older materials, the NextReads team supports libraries as they build a community of readers. NextReads, as noted by the letters of support to the nomination, serves as an important readers’ advisory tool for both staff and library users, as a source for substantive reviews, as a tool to improve library circulation of older as well as newer titles, and as “an important review source for … materials selection staff.” The librarians on the NextReads time have a strong sense of how to write reviews that capture the appeal factors that draw a reader into a book, and their ability to communicate appeal to both librarians and to readers makes NextReads a valuable review source in the library community.

NextReads will be officially presented with their award at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Not a member, but interested in being part of a member community and enjoying discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at

Let RUSA’s new Career Resources help you find your dream job!

Looking for a library job? You’ve come to the right place!

We know how hard it can be looking for a job in today’s market. To help you out, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has created a Career Resources page to make your job search more effective and productive. Whether your specialty is in academic, special, corporate, or public libraries, we’ve got something for everyone looking for a job in reference and user services.

You’ll find a wealth of resources from job banks, state and regional library chapters, interview tips, how to brand and promote yourself and a list of the best career resource books on the market! Visit the Career Resources page today and start your job search on the right foot.

This page is monitored and updated frequently with additional information–keep checking back to see what’s new!

Have a helpful tip or resource worth including? Email RUSA Membership Assistant Leighann Wood with your submission at lwood -at-

Happy hunting!


RUSA Strategic Plan: Your Input Needed

Dear RUSA Members,

The RUSA Executive Committee and the RUSA Board are reviewing our strategic plan for 2012-2015 and we want to hear from YOU. Please take a few minutes to answer our survey about priorities for RUSA for the next couple of years. We need to hear from you by no later than the end of the day Tuesday, January 15, 2013:   

Your ideas and suggestions will inform discussions at the ALA Midwinter Conference. To join the discussion at Midwinter, attend RUSA’s Annual Town Hall meeting in person or online at the beginning of RUSA Board I meeting in Seattle:

In Person, Town Hall:
Board I, Midwinter Meeting, Saturday, January 26, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Washington State Convention Center, TCC205

Online, Town Hall, at Board Meeting I, Midwinter Meeting, Saturday, January 26, 1:30 – 2:30 pm:
Chat Room 1:  
Chat Room 2:
Chat Room 3:  
Chat Room 4:
Chat Room 5:
Landing page for all chat rooms:  

We look forward to hearing from you. Questions? Please contact Mary Popp,

RUSA Executive Committee
RUSA Board