FREE Webinar: Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States

Do you process interlibrary loan requests?
Or oversee staff that do? 

If so, this free webinar is for you!

Title:      Unlocking the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States
Date:     Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Time:     2pm EDT – 3pm EDT
Click here to register

The newly revised Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and its Explanatory Supplement are now in effect and establish principles that govern the exchange of material between libraries in the United States.

The ALA RUSA STARS Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee wishes to encourage awareness and application of the ILL Code and its Explanatory Supplement in the interlibrary loan community by offering a free webinar to all ILL practitioners, regardless of their position, library type/size, or ILL system used.

This free one-hour webinar offered by the revision committee’s members will explore what’s new and what hasn’t changed in the new Code and Supplement and share an overview of the revision process and feedback received.

The presenters and Q&A panelists include:

  • Tina Baich, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Nora Dethloff, University of Houston
  • Sue Kaler, Massachusetts Library System
  • Brian Miller, The Ohio State University

Feel free to forward this invitation to coworkers who might be interested or to appropriate state, regional, or consortial resource sharing email lists.

A free recording of the webinar session will be made available afterward.

Board & Committee Meetings at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting

Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, January 8, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., 
 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 203
Meeting of the Executive Committee where discussions will consist of current and planned activities of the RUSA Division. This is an open meeting and all registered attendees are welcome. Come meet some of RUSA’s key players; President; Anne Houston, President-Elect/Vice-President; Alesia M. McManus, Past President; Joseph A. Thompson, Secretary; Kathryn J. Oberg, Councilor; Sarah Hammill and RUSA Executive Director; Susan Hornung.

Board of Directors Meeting I and II:

  • Board I – Saturday, January 9, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 B
  • Board II – Monday, January 11, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 153 C

RUSA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the Midwinter Meeting may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an ‘open forum’ where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the RUSA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. RUSA Board of Directors’ Meetings are open and all registered attendees are welcome!

Budget and Finance Meeting
Sunday, January 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Westin Boston Waterfront, Faneuil

Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the RUSA’s budgetary matters.

RUSA Discussion Groups at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • ILL Discussion Group (RUSA STARS)
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205A

    A thoughtful discussion of the emerging trends of resource sharing and interlibrary loan. Read more here.

  • Management of Electronic Resources & Services Discussion (RUSA ETS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Westin Waterfront, Room Bulfinch  Read more here.
  • Optimizing the web for reference: Best practices for usability, accessibility, and responsiveness (RUSA ETS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 258B

    We will feature panelists from institutions which have innovated their approach to web reference (email, chat, FAQs, etc.) and/or conducted usability studies on how their users get answers through their library’s web portal. Read more here.

  • Genealogy and Local History Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205C

    Learn how can we ensure our communities know about our genealogical and historical resources. Read more here.

  • Reference Publishing Advisory Discussion Forum (RUSA CODES)
    4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205B

    A thoughtful discussion about the emerging trends in reference publishing by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA. Read more here.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Discussion and All Committees Meeting (RUSA BRASS)
    8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Westin Waterfront, Room Douglass

    All-Committees meeting and discussion opportunity for those interested in business reference in all types of libraries. Read more here.

  • History Librarians Discussion Group (RUSA HS)
    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 205B

    A thoughtful discussion on emerging trends of historical librarianship. Read more here.

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 or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4395.