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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 to learn more. Deadline to apply is June 5, 2014

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Registration open for “Genealogy Resources for Librarians” Midwinter institute

Register now for “Genealogy Resources for Librarians” and guarantee your seat at this exciting institute hosted by the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History Section.

This all-day institute addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with patrons, volunteers, scholars, or educators interested in genealogy research. Nationally known specialists will discuss everything from superb free resources to future directions at NARA to webinar outreach, new online offerings, webinar instruction, government documents, Quaker resources, and making the financial case for genealogical librarianship. Luncheon is included and sponsored by ProQuest.

 Program includes:

 9AM Panel- Getting More Than You Pay For: Free Access to Genealogical Resources: panelists Kim Harrison,; Michael Hall, FamilySearch; Sandra M. Hewlett, CGSM 
10AM Speaker - Meg Phillips, Liaison Director, NARA, and Jefferson M. Moak, Archivist, National Archives at Philadelphia, Future Directions for the National Archives and Records Administration
11 AM PanelReaching Reference Librarians Through Genealogical Webinars
panelists Kimberly Powell, V.P., Association of Professional Genealogists; Amber Case, University of Washington; Cherie’ Weible, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Noon Lunch – ProQuest program
1:30 PM PanelQuaker Collections
panelists Ann Upton, Haverford; Tom Hamm, Earlham; Gwen Gosney Erickson Guilford College
2:30 PM Speaker – Connie Reik, Tufts, Genealogical Use of Government Publications
3:30 PM SpeakerMaking the Financial Case for Genealogical Librarianship
 Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library

The History Section is home to ALA’s genealogy experts, and the workshops and programs they produce provide primary resource information and tips. Genealogy reference is a valuable part of any library’s user services, and this event will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance those services, as well as the skills of the library’s reference staff.

The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Register now via the ALA Midwinter Meeting website (event code RUS1). You can register for Midwinter plus this institute, add this institute to your Midwinter registration, or sign up for just the institute by selecting “Institutes and Ticketed Events Only” as your meeting registration type.

Advanced registration prices for this event start at $60 for RUSA members, and lunch is included in the registration fee. The advanced registration rate will be available until January 15, and prices will increase after that date. Online registration in advance of the event is strongly encouraged. More information about the Midwinter Meeting is available at

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Confessions of a reference librarian

Ever wonder exactly what kind of work members of RUSA do, or maybe which courses they would recommend for students looking for a career in reference or user services? On October 28, RUSA will begin to run a series of week-long interviews with a different member each week.

Hosted on ALA Connect at the IAmRUSA Community – ALA members will be given the opportunity to ask questions of participating RUSA members about their professional careers, their passions, and anything else that may come up involving librarianship.

Be sure to join in the community and if you are interested in participating as an interviewee, contact Kirk MacLeod at or Sarah Hammill at for more information.

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Call for speakers: Business library instruction forum

Call for speakers for the BRASS Forum at the ALA 2014 Conference

The theme for next year’s forum is business library instruction.

Got an idea about what makes a business instruction session work? Share your experiences or research with one shot sessions, collaboration with faculty, course embeds, liaison, roving reference, or other innovative techniques. Special attention given to proposals that focus on assessment or other measurable results.

We are looking for 3-4 panelists. Each panelist will speak for approximately 20 minutes.  We are looking for librarians from any type of library setting, including academic, public, or special (see the abstract below for more details on the forum topic). While we are not able to offer any type of financial compensation, this is a great addition to any librarian’s CV.

Please send nominations (self-nominations welcome) or proposals to Charles Allan,

The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) represents the subject interests of reference librarians, business information specialists, and others engaged in providing business reference/information services. For more information about the section and its committees, please visit the section page at




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