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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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New Online Courses!

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RUSA Awards Nomination Period is Now Open!

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is seeking nominations for its annual series of awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2014.

RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession.

Achievement awards for individuals and groups:

Travel awards to the ALA Annual Conference:

Research grants:

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson—access committee contact information by logging in at, then accessing the RUSA roster webpage—or to the RUSA headquarters staff.

More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found on RUSA’s awards webpage.

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New online courses and webinars!

Online Courses

Business Reference 101 
September 22 – October 17, 2014
Feel more confident when faced with a business reference question and demystify SIC and NAICS codes, ROI and 10k’s!
Read more.  Register now!

Reference Interview
September 22 – October 31, 2014

This course focuses on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Economic Data on the Web 
October 6 – November 2, 2014
Students will be given background information on economic concepts and terms essential to understanding economic reference questions. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping 
October 6 – 26, 2014

This three week course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users. Read more. Register now!

Readers’ Advisory 101
October 13 – November 30, 2014 (Chats on Thursdays, Time 3 p.m. CST)
Be more comfortable using readers’ advisory services. RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal, and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Read more. Register now!

Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for Interlibrary Loan & Reference
Fall (TBD), 2014 (Live Sessions on Thursdays, Time 1 p.m. CST)
This four-week class, will take you from Mansel Pre 56 to Digital Repositories, DOAJ to Trove to HathiTrust. Don’t know those terms, then this course is for you!
Read more. Registration not open yet.

Genealogy 101
Fall TBD, 2014
An introduction to American genealogy reference service, the class will give students confidence and skills in assisting family history researchers.
Read more. Registration not open yet.

Reaching Every Patron
Date: TBD, 2014
CEU credits available! 
This course will include introductions and discussions about assessing which population your library wants to create inclusive and accessible programming.Read moreRegistration not open yet


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