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Membership blog, RUSA Voices looking for bloggers!

The latest addition to RUSA is the new membership blog, “RUSA Voices“. We are looking for all RUSA and non-RUSA folks to contribute to share experiences, ideas and concerns with colleagues and fellow librarians.

A message from Editor David Midyette:

Writing a blog post can be simple. Your colleagues want to hear from you about your trials and tribulations, your successes and challenges, but mostly, they just want to hear what’s important to you in your professional lives. While RUSA is focused on reference and user services, that is still an incredibly broad category, and provides innumerable options for sharing of information. How is your transition to LibGuides 2.0 coming? What are your challenges in collecting quantitative and qualitative data to prove your worth? What new reference services are red hot topics? How are old concepts and techniques being applied in new and novel ways? Is Google still putting us out of business or is it just reshaping how we help people connect to information?

Still not convinced? Send me an email or give me a call! I’ll help you work through the process of putting fingers to keys. It really can be as simple as sitting down and typing out your string of consciousness about a topic. We can work from there to refine and shape your writing. Heck, it may be perfect the way it is! The point is that you have a Voice and it needs to be heard. You may think to yourself that you have nothing interesting or novel to say (I know I listened to my inner voice saying that for far too long), but in truth, you have a lot to say and it WILL interest people. While many of us live at the bleeding edge of technology, others bide their time and wait to see how these new technologies express themselves through patron usage. Twitter is an awesome tool, but it has changed immensely from the beginning. Think about what you do on a daily basis and simply report on some of the unique things, even if they seem mundane.

I love editing people’s writing and helping them shape their ideas. Send me something and let me help you get started. Write a blog post for RUSA Voices and put it in your resume. Posts can be more academic or more practical in orientation; it’s up to you and your interests. You don’t have to agonize over things, just get something down and send it in; we will go from there together . . . We will make sure that your colleagues hear your Voice and share what you have to say! I look forward to working with you, now sit down and write something!

David (dmidyette@roseman.edu)
Editor, RUSA Voices

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Outstanding Preconferences at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs
What are common misconceptions about intellectual property among entrepreneurs? Two IP attorneys will discuss disputes and challenges startups are facing. Librarians and entrepreneurs will also get tips from experts on effective patent and trademark searching, learn about Patent and Trademark Resource Centers, and get introduced to best practices in library collaboration with the university commercialization office. Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. Register here.

Speakers:
  • Alex Feerst, Attorney, Durie Tangri LLP, Genevieve Rosloff, Attorney, Genevieve Rosloff, Esq. and Highway1 Incubat
  • John Schlipp, Associate Professor & Intellectual Property Librarian, Intellectual Property, Awareness Center (IPAC), Northern Kentucky University Steely Library
  • Linda Kocis, Intellectual Property Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Elliott, Assistant Librarian, Main Library A206, University of Arizona
  • Jason Dewland, Assistant Librarian, Main Library A207, University of Arizona
Moderator: Natasha Arguello, Business Research Librarian, Chair of BRASS Education Committee, University of Texas at San Antonio
Facilitator: Ashley E. Faulkner, Business Librarian, Assistant Professor, West Campus Library, University Libraries, Texas A&M University

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2005 West

Cost: Members $149, Non Members $169


ILL Data Storm – Practical Assessment
Using data to inform decisions in a library is paramount in today’s world of tight budgets.  Managers, Directors, Deans, and Provosts want numbers to prove that a service is beneficial.  Several resource sharing professionals will speak to how they collect and use data, whether to improve services, influence collection decisions, or justify their existence.  At the end of the program, attendees will walk away with ideas about how to assess their ILL data for improvements in their department.  Time will be allotted for small groups to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas.  Librarians, managers, and staff involved in developing or using resource sharing and interlibrary loan data, will really enjoy this preconference. Sponsored by the Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA. Register here.

Speakers:

  • Heidi Nance, University of Washington, Head, ILL and Document DeliveryCollette Mak, University of Notre Dame, Outreach and Scholarly Communications Librarian
  • Tom Bruno, Yale University, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves
  • Krista Higham, Millersville University, Access Services Librarian
  • Sue Kaler, Massachusetts Library System, ILL Manager
  • Micquel Little, Claremont University, Director of User Services and Resource Sharing
  • Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University, Resource Acquisition and Sharing Director

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2000 West

Cost: Members $139, Non Members $159

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Exclusive and Valuable RUSA Programs at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

Smart investing@your library®: Actively Engaging Your Audience
Smart investing@your library ® aligns with the emerging, transitional role of library services in communities. Libraries across the country are meeting the need and growing demand for financial literacy education and resources. Learn about replicable model programs and materials that take an active learning approach to personal finance.  We’ll take you beyond the workshop series and share innovative approaches that attract audiences and build sustainable financial literacy programs. Add to my schedule.

Speakers:

  • Tracy Delgado-La Stella, Middle Country Public Library, NY
  • Sophie Young, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, AL
  • Ryan Stacy, Monroe County Public Library, IN
  • Ashley Barrineau, Virginia Beach Public Library, VA
  • Sheila Burnett, San Diego Public Library, CA

Moderator: Margaret Monsour

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015. Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 3001 West


The Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Forum – Reading into the Future: Tips and Tools for Staying on Top of the Book World
The Reader’s Advisory Research and Trends Forum explores the cutting edge of Reader’s Advisory (RA) services, bringing noted experts from a wide range of fields together to explore the future of reading and the ways librarians connect readers to their next favorite books. Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA.

Speakers:  

  • Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services, Darien Library (CT)
  • Nora Rawlinson, Co-founder and Editorof EarlyWord
  • David Wright, Reader Services Librarian, The Seattle Public Library

Moderator: Stephen Sposato, Manager, Content Curation, Chicago Public Library

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center2016 West, Add to my schedule


Whacking the Weeds in the Library: Deaccessioning Print and Digital Materials in the 21st Century and Beyond
This program will include a public, academic, and community college librarian to discuss strategies for weeding/deaccessioning materials in their libraries and how to do so in ways that make providing user services more effective. Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA.

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2012 West, Add to my schedule


Connecting Communities: Documenting and Sharing Asian American Heritage
This program will be a panel discussion about Asian American Records and Local History. Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the History Section (HS) of RUSA.

Speakers: 

  • Michelle Caswell, Co-Founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at University of California– Los Angeles.
  • Florante Ibanez, Author, Manager of Library Computer Services at William M. Rains Library, Loyola Law School
  • Shelley Fisher Fishkin, The Joseph S. Atha Professor in Humanities, Stanford University, Co-Director of Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.
Moderator: Jenna Makowski,  Asian-American Products Editor, Alexander Street Press

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2004 West, Add to my schedule


The Core: A Year (Or More!) In, How Does This Affect Librarians?
Find out the answers to these timely questions:

  • How has the Common Core impacted our jobs, including outreach, collection development decisions (including budgeting), information literacy strategies, and workload as a whole?
  • Has the Common Core increased information literacy/instruction portion of our jobs?
  • Have libraries developed specific working strategies as a result of the common core?
  • What are some recommendations or caveats to a new librarian not experienced in the Common Core?
  • Do teachers work differently with libraries? How has that impacted the librarian / teacher relationship?
  • How has the Common Core impacted students’ levels of information literacy?
  • Do you think the Common Core will better prepare students for college level information-based research?

Sponsored by the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA.

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2003 West, Add to my schedule


21st Annual Reference Research Forum
The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. Sponsored by the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA.

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2014 WestAdd to my schedule


Acquisitions, Collection Development, Electronic Resources, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Oh My! Connecting Users to What They Want!
A lightning round session covering the following topics:

  • How demand driven acquisition of physical and electronic books affect interlibrary loan
  • What Occam’s Reader can do to allow interlibrary loan of electronic books
  • Outline the changes made by one Interlibrary Loan department to adapt to the current ILL environment
  • How patron ILL requests influence collection development

Sponsored by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources (STARS) of RUSA.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Duncan, Head of Collection Development, Utah State University
  • Teresa Hazen, Technical Services Librarian, University of Arizona
  • Linda Dols, Manager, Resource Sharing and Streaming Services, University of Arizona
  • Ryan Litsey, Occam’s Reader Project Manager, Assistant Librarian, Document Delivery, Texas Tech University

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2002 West, Add to my schedule


Not Elsewhere Classified:  Different Approaches to Researching Emerging Industries
Find out how librarians teach business students and entrepreneurs the research techniques for a budding industry or market. Learn how to help our clients get ahead of an emerging industry or with a new idea.  Experts will enlighten participants on how to locate and evaluate information on leading-edge industries, assess markets, and lead your clients in making strategic decisions when their business crosses traditional NAICS code boundaries or is part of a new or soon-to-be existing field. Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.
Speaker: Laura Young, Founding Partner, and CEO of Bizologie

Date: Monday, June 29, Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2022 WestAdd to my schedule


Advocating for a Library Future
How do we protect our libraries for future generations? Despite overwhelming community support for libraries, budget cuts have reduced hours and services; prompted layoffs, hiring freezes, and deprofessionalization; and threatened collections and locations. Learn how library workers have united with patrons and the community to preserve adequately staffed libraries and expand essential services in a “more with less” environment. Sponsored by RUSA.

Speakers:    

  • Axel E. Borg, Vice President for Legislation, University Council-American Federation of Teachers
  • Miki Goral, Secretary-Treasurer, UC-AFT ; Vice-President, California Federation of Teachers, University Council – American Federation of Teachers
  • Bob Muscat, Executive Director, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • Andrea Prebys-Williams, Executive Assistant, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • Jennifer Dorning, Department for Professional Employees, AFLCIO
  • Aliqae Geraci, ILR Research Librarian and Assessment Coordinator , Cornell University Library

Date: Monday, June 29, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2002 West, Add to my schedule

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Call for 2016 MW Institute, AC Program & Preconference Proposals

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is now accepting institute, preconference and program proposals for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on May 11, 2015. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate section for approval before being entered in the proposal system online (see instructions below for entering approved section proposals). For more information about how to submit a proposal to a RUSA section, please contact the section chair. Section chair contact information can be found in the Section Executive Committee rosters here.

Session topics should showcase emerging trends and examples of driving change in the areas of reference services including but not limited to: marketing library services, advocacy, special populations, collection development, evaluation, readers’ advisory, instruction, business reference, emerging technologies, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, genealogy and historical research and more!

The RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee will review, organize and recommend for final approval to the RUSA Board all submitted section-approved proposals and select sessions based on their relevance to the profession and general interest to conference attendees who work in reference services at the 2015 annual conference.

Instructions for approved section proposal submission: Once your proposal is approved by the section, it should be entered here. Once you’ve logged in, click on “Click here to begin a new Proposal.”  Note that there is an option to propose a tour; all tours must be proposed in this system.

Since this is our first year using it, we’d appreciate any constructive feedback from users about the new program proposal system set up by ALA.

For more information, contact the RUSA office at rusa@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4395.

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