Now offering CEUs for genealogy institute at Midwinter!

Participants will receive 0.5 CEUs for completing the “Genealogy Resources for Librarians” institute at Midwinter! A certificate and letter of completion will be sent via email 8-10 days upon completion of the course.
This event is sponsored by ProQuest.

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 included.

Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Location: Philadelphia Free Library conference room, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA
Audience: All administrators, librarians, and archivists welcome.

Program details:
9AM Panel
 - Getting More Than You Pay For: Free Access to Genealogical Resources: panelists Kim Harrison, Ancestry.com; 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 Panel - Reaching Reference Librarians Through Genealogical Webinars
panelists Kimberly Powell, V.P., Association of Professional Genealogists; Amber Case, University of Washington; Cherie’ Weible, University of Illinois, U-C

Noon Lunch – ProQuest program

1:30 PM Panel - Quaker 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 Speaker - Making the Financial Case for Genealogical Librarianship Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library

Registration rates: 

Category Advance Onsite
ALA Member $60 $60
Division Member $50 $50
Retired Member $40 $40
Student Member $40 $40
Non-Member $70 $70

Space is limited! Register now at http://alamw14.ala.org/register-now!

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, Ancestry.com; 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 http://alamw14.ala.org/.

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 www.ala.org/membership. Learn more about the association at www.ala.org/rusa.

Don’t Miss These Events in Dallas!

Dear RUSA Members:
 
With the beginning of a brand new year, I invite you to participate in upcoming events at the Midwinter 2012 conference, if you will be in Dallas. We are starting the new year off right with some fun and interesting events:
 
RUSA Midwinter Social at Midwinter Conference, Dallas
What better way to kick off the new year than having an opportunity to eat, drink, catch up with old friends, make new friends, and learn more about RUSA!  Past, present and future RUSA members are all invited to this event, which will be held Saturday, January 21, 2012, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Adolphus Hotel, Century Ballroom A. Appetizers and drinks will be available, and RSVPs are not required. This event is generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and Endnote. More information is available at www.endnote.com.
 
Book and Media Awards at Midwinter Conference, Dallas
The Book and Media Awards reception is one of RUSA’s signature events at Midwinter, co-sponsored with our CODES section. We will share the results of our member volunteers’ hard work selecting the best publications of the year and honor those who have won awards relating to book reviewing, promotion, or publishing. The reception is a lovely event, a great party and our way to thank member volunteers for their hard work and a celebration of the best books and resources of the year. The reception will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Fairmont Hotel in the Oak Room. Past, present and future RUSA members are invited!
               
Town Hall Session at RUSA Board Meeting 1, Midwinter Conference, Dallas
Don’t miss our Town Hall at the beginning of RUSA board meeting, Session I. All RUSA members are invited to come and share constructive insights, perceptions, comments, and thoughts about RUSA at the first RUSA Midwinter board session, which takes place at the beginning of the meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2012, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Dallas Convention Center (DCC), room D161. We want to hear from you and will use what we hear to help plan the strategic direction of RUSA. Both board meetings are open to all and take place at the following times:

  • Session I, Saturday, January 21, 2012, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Dallas Convention Center (DCC) – D161
  • Session II:  Monday, January 23, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Dallas Convention Center (DCC) – D161

 
If you’re not able to attend in person, we plan to have chat rooms open in ALA Connect and monitored by volunteers during the Town Hall session, who will be conveying ideas and comments from members using the chat rooms. The public chat rooms are here: http://connect.ala.org/node/64406.
 
More than one chat room will be available to accommodate all who wish to participate, so please participate at the beginning of the meeting and share your thoughts!
 
If you will be in Dallas, I would love to hear from you while at conference so don’t hesitate to say hello!  I wish you all a 2012 filled with happiness and good health!
 
Best Wishes,
Susan Hornung
RUSA Executive Director
shornung@ala.org