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-  ala.org.

Happy hunting!


Virginia Boucher Award: Recognize a distinguished interlibrary loan librarian

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is seeking nominations for the annual Virginia Boucher Award, sponsored by OCLC.

This award recognizes a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery.  The award consists of $2,000 plus a citation.

Nominations must be received by December 15, 2012.  Self-nominations are welcome! You can download the nomination form (PDF) here.  A complete application will include this form; a resume detailing the nominee’s career and outstanding contributions to the field; and a letter of recommendation. For complete information about the criteria for this award, please visit the award page.

Questions and nominations can be directed to Megan Gaffney, 2012-2013 Boucher Award Committee Chair, at gaffneym@udel.edu.

RUSA STARS Preconferences at ALA AC 2007 in DC

ALA RUSA STARS* is hosting two pre-conferences for ALA Annual 2007 in Washington, DC.  One is for new practitioners of interlibrary loan, and the other is for advanced resource sharing practitioners.  Listed below is a brief description of each pre-conference.  If you have suggestions for or questions about these pre-conferences, please use the Comments link for this blog entry; the committee chairs of the pre-conferences will respond to any questions/comments. 


Each is a full-day pre-conference scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2007.  Locations will be assigned in mid-April.


ILL 101: Interlibrary Loan for New Practitioners (EVENT CODE RU5) is geared toward library staff and librarians who are new to interlibrary loan and resource sharing. This pre-conference will go in-depth into the borrowing and lending aspects of resource sharing, including various techniques and technologies used. Click here to register; remember to use event code RU5.


Yin & Yang: Bringing Balance to Resource Sharing (EVENT CODE RU4) is a pre-conference for advanced practitioners and includes discussions on consortia, committed lending, and unmediated/patron-initiated borrowing. The presentations examine the ideal perspective versus the current perspective (what is happening) for end users and resource-sharing practitioners. Click here to register; remember to use event code RU4.


*What is STARS (http://www.ala.org/rusa/stars)? The Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) brings together librarians and library staff involved with interlibrary loan, document delivery, remote circulation, access services, cooperative reference, cooperative collection development, remote storage, and other shared library services as well as publishers, producers, and suppliers of products and services which support resource sharing activities.