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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association announce the launch of a new, redesigned version of its website!

Financial Literacy at its best!

Newly designed Smart investing @your library website! Engaging and valuable resources to help get you started or expand your programming and reach your target audience. Read all about it here: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/04/smart-investing-website-redesigned-new-features

Smart Investing @your library invites you to view three FREE webinars!

Each webinar is filled with valuable information to increase your libraries’ social capital. You’ll learn strategies that expand your knowledge about personal finance. Reference desk scenarios capture best practices and a toolkit includes unbiased online resources.

View them here: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/webinars/archives