Join RUSA for “Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year! A conference tradition that features authors from RUSA’s literary awards.

RUSA will host three award-winning authors — Daniel J. Brown, Tessa Dare and V.E. Schwab – at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference program “Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year,  a conference tradition that features authors from RUSA’s literary adult book awards.

Each year expert readers’ advisory librarians from RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) spend hundreds of hours reading and reviewing books written for adults to identify the most outstanding writing published in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, genre fiction, Jewish literature and audio book narration. “Literary Tastes” is an opportunity to hear from noteworthy authors whose books are among their annual selections and also celebrate the art and craft of writing with fellow book lovers. Review all of RUSA’s adult book awards at the RUSA website.

  • Daniel J. Brown, author of 2014 RUSA Notable Book The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Viking) which tells the story of Eight oarsman and their coxswain struggle to overcome the choppy waters and the hardships of the Great Depression in their pursuit of glory.
  • Tessa Dare, author of Any Duchess Will Do (Avon), the top pick for 2014 The Reading List’s Romance category. A humorous and cleverly told story about how a very desperate, for grandchildren, Duchess of Halford strikes a bargain with her only son, Griff: pick a woman–any woman. If she can transform her son’s choice into duchess material, he must marry the girl. Griff picks the least likely candidate in bluestocking barmaid Pauline, only to quickly realize he has no idea who he is dealing with.
  • V.E. Schwab, author of Vicious (Tor Books), the top pick for the 2014 The Reading List’s Fantasy category. Masterfully told, a friendly rivalry turns vicious when college friends Victor and Eli obtain super-human powers and use them for very different purposes. This dark paranormal fantasy, a riveting tale of vengeance and redemption, proves that extraordinary powers don’t necessarily make superheroes.

The program will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Sunday, June 29, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N258 in conjunction with the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. Following the formal presentation, authors will be available for book signing.


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RUSA Preconferences at 2014 ALA Annual Conference!

RUSA PRECONFERENCES at 2014 ALA Annual Conference
Preconference advanced registration ends June 20th!
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How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs 
Ready to maximize the value of your library to local entrepreneurs? This full-day workshop will address common information needs of entrepreneurs, including locating information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both “Main Street” and technology start-ups, and which free or premium resources to use. Speakers will also discuss existing best practices in local small business support along with examples of collaboration with entrepreneurship faculty. Participants will learn what constitutes acceptable use of subscription business e-resources by entrepreneurs and how to work with vendors to avoid infringement claims.
Friday, June 27, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Speakers:Duck Chung, MISt, Information Specialist, Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada;  Helen Kula, MISt, Data Product Manager, Data Catalyst, MaRS Discovery District and University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Christina Kim, MISt, Information Specialist, Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District, and University of Toronto Libraries. Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Posie Aagaard, Assistant Dean for Collections and Curriculum Support, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; Jared Hoppenfeld, BBA, MLIS Assistant Professor/Business Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, TX; Elizabeth Malafi, MSLIS,Coordinator, Adult Service and the Miller Business Resource Center, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY. Centereach, NY., Register here!

History Genealogy
day preconference addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with genealogical patrons, volunteer, scholars, or educators. Nationally known specialists will discuss everything from Ancestors Roadshows to personalized research, webinar outreach, new online offerings, and making the financial case for genealogical librarianship. Luncheon will be provided by our sponsor, ProQuest.
Friday, June 27, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Speaker: TBA.,  Register here!

Reference Interview 
Learn why people do not ask for what they really want, find out about the psychological barriers to asking for help, and discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions.  This interactive workshop covers techniques for in-person, telephone, and chat/IM reference services, and will be valuable for staff at any level of experience.
Friday, June 27, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 
Speakers: Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean at California State University, Fresno, Nicolette Sosulski, Business Librarian, Portage District Library, Register here!








SAVE THE DATE! Join us for RUSA’s Midwinter membership social in Philly!

Kick off the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in style with RUSA’s Membership Social—an opportunity to eat, drink, network, win prizes and learn more about RUSA.

The event will be held Saturday, January 25, 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Sheraton hotel.

The social open to all current RUSA members, friends of RUSA and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers. All attendees are invited to play trivia for a chance to win fantastic door prizes!

Hope to see you there!