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Business Reference 101 
September 22 – October 17, 2014
Feel more confident when faced with a business reference question and demystify SIC and NAICS codes, ROI and 10k’s!
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Reference Interview
September 22 – October 31, 2014

This course focuses on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Economic Data on the Web 
October 6 – November 2, 2014
Students will be given background information on economic concepts and terms essential to understanding economic reference questions. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping 
October 6 – 26, 2014

This three week course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users. Read more. Register now!

Readers’ Advisory 101
October 13 – November 30, 2014 (Chats on Thursdays, Time 3 p.m. CST)
Be more comfortable using readers’ advisory services. RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal, and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Read more. Register now!

Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for Interlibrary Loan & Reference
Fall (TBD), 2014 (Live Sessions on Thursdays, Time 1 p.m. CST)
This four-week class, will take you from Mansel Pre 56 to Digital Repositories, DOAJ to Trove to HathiTrust. Don’t know those terms, then this course is for you!
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Genealogy 101
Fall TBD, 2014
An introduction to American genealogy reference service, the class will give students confidence and skills in assisting family history researchers.
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Reaching Every Patron
Date: TBD, 2014
CEU credits available! 
This course will include introductions and discussions about assessing which population your library wants to create inclusive and accessible programming.Read moreRegistration not open yet

 

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RUSA Preconference. Register Now!

Reference Interview
Reference Interview is a comprehensive course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need.  You will learn why people do not ask for what they really want, and explore the psychological barriers to asking for help. You will also discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions.  This preconference covers techniques for in-person, telephone, and chat/IM reference services, and will be valuable for staff at any level of experience.

Reference Interview is tailored for support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians and those librarians who want to brush up on their interview skills.

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
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BREAKING NEWS: 2014 Outstanding Reference Sources winners announced!

The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2013 have been named to the 2014 Outstanding References Sources list.  Sponsored by RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries.

The 2014 winners are:

American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document collection.  Spencer C Tucker, Editor; ABC-CLIO publisher

The Literature of Propaganda, Thomas Riggs, editor.  St. James Press/Gale Cengage publishers

Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Jacqueline Edmondson, Editor. Greenwood, publisher.

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency: A Historical Reference. Nancy Beck Young, editor. Facts on File, publisher

A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations from the Origins to the Present Day. Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora, editors. Princeton University Press, publisher

Frogs of the United States and Canada, C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. author. Johns Hopkins University Press, publisher.

Encyclopedia of the Mind, Harold Pashler, editor. Sage Reference, publisher.

Almanac of American Military History. Spencer C Tucker, editor. ABC-CLIO, publisher.

The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions. Patrick Taylor and Frederick I. Case, editors. University of Illinois Press, publisher.

And though the title did not meet the criteria for our award, the committee wanted to publicly acknowledge Proquest for continuing publication of the Statistical Abstracts of the United States, an invaluable source to all libraries.

The winners were selected by the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee, whose members include Curtis Ferree, Chair, Fairfield University, Shelley Arlen, University of Florida, Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Central Methodist University, Julie Eliot, Indiana University South Bend, Annie Fuller, University City Public Library, University City, MO, Adam Jackman, Pierce County Library, Washington, Jessica McCullough, Connecticut College, Daniel Pennell, University of Pittsburgh, Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University, MN, Kathi Woodward, The Library Center, MO

 

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 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.

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BREAKING NEWS: “Mammals of Africa” wins RUSA’s Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference publications

PHILADELPHIA – The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2014 Dartmouth Medal.

The Dartmouth Medal, established in 1974, honors the creation of a reference source of outstanding quality and significance. The award is given to the best new reference source published in 2013. Mammals of Africa, was edited by Jonathan Kingdon, David Happold, Mike Hoffmann, Tom Butynski, Meredith Happold and Jan Kalina. This Dartmouth Medal Winner was published by Bloomsbury. This amazing source is the result of 15 years of detailed work. Covering every recognized mammalian species in Africa, it will serve as a rich source of information and as a baseline for preserving the biodiversity of this great continent. The illustrations, maps, charts and material are all outstanding. This work will be consulted by students and scholars for many years.

The Dartmouth Medal Committee is pleased to announce an Honorable Mention for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Hugh LaFollette and published by Wiley-Blackwell. This comprehensive and interdisciplinary encyclopedia presents both ethical theory and practice in a scholarly yet approachable manner. This will be a welcome addition to electronic or print reference collections in libraries of all sizes.

The Dartmouth Medal Committee is also pleased to announce an Honorable Mention for the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Religions by Patrick Taylor, Frederick Chase, Sean Meighoo, and Joyce Leung. It is published by the University of Illinois Press. This well researched title will fill a gap in current reference coverage. It will support interdisciplinary scholarship in the anthropology, sociology, history literature, and religion of the Caribbean. We are proud to recognize this significant new reference work.

The winners were selected by the RUSA Codes Dartmouth Medal Committee. The members are: Jack O’Gorman, University of Dayton, chair, Drew Aflgren, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Christina McGowan, Fairfield University, Patricia Gregory, Saint Louis University, Angela Courtney, Indiana University, Nicolette Sosulski, Portage District Library in Portage Michigan, Lise Snyder, UCLA, Teresa Omidsalar, California State University Los Angeles, Sarah Watstein, University of North Carolina Wilmington, David Tyckoson, California State Fresno, Janet Pinkley, California State Channel Islands.

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 discounted registration rates on conference, preconference and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at www.ala.rog/membership. Learn more about the association at www.ala.org/rusa.

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