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[Sneak Peek] RUSA’s New Website!

RUSA’s modern, simplified, new website will be here on December 1, 2016 – sneak peek image below.  The new RUSA Member Map allows members to pin where in the world they are. But you guys, it’s only going to be cool if you all actually go in and add your location! More on that to come.

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image of RUSA's new homepage including images of news items and a map

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Be Our Guest: Create Your Own Pixie Dust at the Library

originally posted in Cognotes, Monday,  June 27, 2016 – Orlando
By Meredith Myers,
American Libraries

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Room W110B in the Orange County Convention Center was packed tighter than Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the first day of summer vacation. Instead of magical pixie dust, RUSA chose Dave Cobb to make every-day librarians into user experience designers, all with the click of his mouse.

“We tell stories in physical places,” he said, as photos of colorful museums and libraries splashed across the screen in perfectly timed clicks.  As the vice president for creative development of Thinkwell Group in Los Angeles, Cobb has spent years designing roller coasters and attractions for theme parks.  “People often say that I design roller coasters.  No.  I tell  stories  with roller coasters. Libraries are no different. We need to understand the user. Our audience has an audience.”

He suggested asking,  “What is unique about your location?  Who is your audience, and what are their expectations of your library? How are you inviting your audience to take ownership of their library?”

In telling stories, librarians can create Be Our Guest: Create Your Own Pixie Dust at the Library an emotional resonance with patrons, thus inspiring them to tell their own stories.  To illustrate, Cobb filled the screen with swimming metaphors: “waders” being the largest audience, “swimmers” being most curious, and “divers” being true fans – his message being that one should design library spaces for all three types of users. He added a new category of “mer-people,” speaking of those who have been submerged too long. (Which is probably how most librarians feel after a long day of meetings and toting free books from the Exhibits.)

Panel responders were John Blyberg, assistant director for innovation and UX, Darien Library, Darien, Connecticut, and Steven Bell, associate university librarian, Temple University. Bell spoke of being intentional and creating passionate users, and also asked if the patrons or librarians are emphasized.

“Pay attention to the employees,” Bell suggested. “Fix what is broken. Change can’t just be at the circulation desk. You are all user experience designers.” See? No pixie dust needed. Thanks, RUSA.

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Deep Dive & History Genealogy Workshops – 2016 Midwinter Meeting

History Genealogy InstituteFree, But Registration is Required 
Friday, January 8, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 151 B
This free workshop will help librarians of all types learn techniques. This can include better understanding of genealogy research methods and sources. It can also include how libraries can leverage their unique holdings to become more relevant to genealogists, who tend to be passionate in their support of libraries that have useful materials. Lunch provided and sponsored by ProQuest. Must register here:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWZP6WG.

Deep Dive Session – *BRAND NEW!
We are all user experience librarians: Creating change from the trenches
Saturday, January 9, 1:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m., Location: TBA
This Deep Dive workshop will focus on user testing and understanding your users’ experience through a mix of discussion, presentations, and interactive experiences. Our five presenters will offer design strategies and tools from throughout the life cycle of a user experience design project, and they will also join together as a panel to provide a spirited, entertaining look at pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned. Unlike other sessions about user experience design, the proposed workshop will focus on providing attendees with concrete skills and techniques they can apply at their home institutions with relatively little expense or pre-planning. *Registration to open soon. More information here.

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RUSA Discussion Groups at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • ILL Discussion Group (RUSA STARS)
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205A

    A thoughtful discussion of the emerging trends of resource sharing and interlibrary loan. Read more here.

  • Management of Electronic Resources & Services Discussion (RUSA ETS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Westin Waterfront, Room Bulfinch  Read more here.
  • Optimizing the web for reference: Best practices for usability, accessibility, and responsiveness (RUSA ETS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258B

    We will feature panelists from institutions which have innovated their approach to web reference (email, chat, FAQs, etc.) and/or conducted usability studies on how their users get answers through their library’s web portal. Read more here.

  • Genealogy and Local History Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205C

    Learn how can we ensure our communities know about our genealogical and historical resources. Read more here.

  • Reference Publishing Advisory Discussion Forum (RUSA CODES)
    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205B

    A thoughtful discussion about the emerging trends in reference publishing by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA. Read more here.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Discussion and All Committees Meeting (RUSA BRASS)
    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Westin Waterfront, Room Douglass

    All-Committees meeting and discussion opportunity for those interested in business reference in all types of libraries. Read more here.

  • History Librarians Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205B

    A thoughtful discussion on emerging trends of historical librarianship. Read more here.

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