Let RUSA’s new Career Resources help you find your dream job!

Looking for a library job? You’ve come to the right place!

We know how hard it can be looking for a job in today’s market. To help you out, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has created a Career Resources page to make your job search more effective and productive. Whether your specialty is in academic, special, corporate, or public libraries, we’ve got something for everyone looking for a job in reference and user services.

You’ll find a wealth of resources from job banks, state and regional library chapters, interview tips, how to brand and promote yourself and a list of the best career resource books on the market! Visit the Career Resources page today and start your job search on the right foot.

This page is monitored and updated frequently with additional information–keep checking back to see what’s new!

Have a helpful tip or resource worth including? Email RUSA Membership Assistant Leighann Wood with your submission at lwood -at-  ala.org.

Happy hunting!


CODES Conversations: Genre: Friend or Foe? Join the online discussion December 4-6

Join RUSA CODES Readers Advisory Research and Trends Committee for a three-day CODES Conversation on the subject of genre: what it means and how we use, or don’t use, the genre designation, what genre means to you, etc.  This free, moderated, focused e-mail discussion takes place December 4-6, 2012.  It’s open to all — just subscribe to the discussion at http://lists.ala.org/sympa/subscribe/codes-convos, then follow and contribute to the conversation via e-mail over the three days of the discussion.

Please join us!

CODES Conversations are focused electronic conversations on current issues facing collection development and readers’ advisory librarians—or anyone interested in those areas.  The conversations are open to all who wish to participate (or lurk)!  



New issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly is now online!

Dear RUSA Members and RUSQ Subscribers,

Welcome to the first issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly, Volume 52.

As I take over as editor, I would like to once more thank Diane Zabel for six outstanding years at the helm of the journal. Her work, and the work of the RUSQ Board, column editors, and authors has set the bar high, and I look forward to the challenge.

In addition to the feature articles and continuing columns, this issue introduces a new column that I am excited about: “Taking Issues“.  This column focuses on dialog between librarians on important topics in reference librarianship.

I hope to hear from RUSQ readers about how we can make the journal valuable to your work. Please feel free to contact me with ideas and comments at btrott@wrl.org.

Barry Trott

Editor, RUSQ

Read the new issue now.


Below are some highlights of this quarter’s valuable content.


From the Editor: A Tough Act to Follow    Barry Trott

From the President of RUSA: Carnegie Awards: A New and Important Addition to the Book Scene    Mary Pagliero Popp

Taking Issues: Welcome to “Taking Issues”    Karen Antell and Molly Strothmann

Accidental Technologist: Librarians and Code Year    Eric Phetteplace with Andromeda Yelton, Guest Columnist

Readers’ Advisory: You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello    Laurel Tarulli with Barry Trott, Guest Columnist

The Alert Collector: Polacek Sacred Books in English Translation    Kelly Myer with Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Guest Columnist

Information Literacy and Instruction: What They Didn’t Tell Me (or what I didn’t hear) in Library School: Perspectives from New Library Instruction Professionals    Lisa O’Connor with Julie Vanhoose, Bridget Farrell and Emily Rae Aldridge, Guest Columnists

Management: One Hundred and Eighty Years of Great Statistical Collections from the U.S. Census Bureau: A Retrospective    Marianne Ryan with Mark Anderson, Guest Columnist



Self-Service Holds in Libraries: Is Patron Privacy Being Sacrificed for Patron Convenience? Ruth S. Stevens, Patricia Bravender, and Caralee Witteveen-Lane

Professional Preparation for “Text a Librarian”. What Are the Requisite Competencies? Lili Luo



From the Committees of RUSA

•             Best Free Reference Websites MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section

•             RUSA Guidelines for Establishing Local History Collections Local History Committee of the History Section


•             Professional Materials Karen Antell, Editor

•             Reference Books Tammy J. Eschedor Voelker, Editor


Interested in submitting an article or contributing to RUSQ?  Guidelines and submission instructions can be found here.

Get tech support: Need to activate your subscription to RUSQ?  Access information is at the RUSA website. Contact Metapress directly at support@metapress.com for any technical hiccups or questions about your subscription.

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RUSA Approves New Definition of Reference

At the January 14, 2008, meeting of the RUSA Board, a new definition of reference was approved. It was based on solicited input received on the RUSA Blog as of 12/8/07. Thank you to all those who gave input, as well as all those who worked hard to come up with a definition that could be supported by so many.

Lisa R. Horowitz
Chair, Reference Services Section (2007-2008)

Definition of Reference
Approved by RUSA Board, 1-14-08

by subgroup of RSS Executive Committee

Reference Transactions are information consultations in which
library staff recommend, interpret, evaluate, and/or use information resources
to help others to meet particular information needs. Reference transactions do
not include formal instruction or exchanges that provide assistance with
locations, schedules, equipment, supplies, or policy statements.

Reference Work includes reference transactions and other
activities that involve the creation, management, and assessment of information
or research resources, tools, and services.

(The following bullets clarify what is meant
by terms within the Reference Work definition.)

Creation and management of information
includes the
development and maintenance of research collections, research guides, catalogs,
databases, web sites, search engines, etc., that patrons can use independently,
in-house or remotely, to satisfy their information needs.

Assessment activities include the measurement and evaluation of reference work,
resources, and services.