[eLearning] RUSA’s Winter Webinars

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Each webinar registration is $45 for RUSA members; $50 for ALA members; $65 for non-ALA members; $25 for student members and retired ALA members. Register now.

“Is there an app for that? Finding primary sources in an app environment” takes place on Wednesday, November 30. Join the discussion on apps and mobile technologies in the library literature, app evaluation criteria, some of the best apps for history sources and application techniques to using apps during the reference interview and in instructional settings. Want more information? Keep reading.

“Step away from the reference desk: practical tips for implementing and integrated research support model for library liaisons” will be held on Thursday, December 1. Explore the issues surrounding the transition of research support services away from a reference desk. Analyze the challenges and opportunities involved in shifting liaison librarians to new models of engagement with their departments. Gather practical tips for dealing with logistical details such as service quality, referrals and scheduling. Want more information? Keep reading.

“Recollection Development: Using cognitive mapping to understand library user needs” will take place on Tuesday, December 6. Explore a qualitative assessment method that has been used for understanding wayfinding and space planning in libraries: cognitive mapping. This webinar will support dialogue around and provide lessons learned about using cognitive maps to alter reference and instruction practices to meet our library users’ needs. Want more information? Keep reading.

Learn about “Trends in business education and their impacts on business reference and services” on Thursday, February 9. The business education is facing new trends in creating engaged and collegiate environment, enhancing data-driven decision making, developing new education models such as experiential learning, integrating new technology to support greater customization and specialization, and designing curriculums around the trending topics on corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship, leadership and globalization. How can business librarians respond to these trends and shift our roles to meet new challenges? This webinar will address these key questions and introduce some good practices in the field. Want more information? Keep reading.

About RUSA
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) serves all types of libraries in reference, user services, adult readers advisory, collection development, resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology. Review RUSA’s website for additional information on membership, awards, upcoming conferences and events, professional resources and so much more!

Have questions about RUSA’s online learning? Jennifer Cross, Web Services Manager, RUSA has the answers. Email her today.

Join us for the 2016 RUSA Emerging Leaders Team Poster Session


Emerging Leaders Poster Session and Reception
Friday, June 23rd, 3:00pm-4:00pm
OCCC, Room S320 A-C

Arriving early to ALA Annual in Orlando? Be sure to add the 2016 Emerging Leaders Poster Session to your schedule. The RUSA Emerging Leaders team will be presenting the newly developed “RUSA Library Publishing Toolkit.”

Since the Midwinter Meeting all Emerging Leader teams have been working virtually on projects related either to ALA units or other professional concerns. This poster session will allow each team to highlight its creative and innovative solutions for their project assignments. Emerging Leader sponsors, member guides, and all conference attendees are welcomed and encouraged to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

2016 RUSA Emerging Leaders Team
Catherine Damiani
kYmberly Keeton
Loren Klein
Madison Sullivan
Sabrina Wong

If you liked the Carnegie shortlist, you may also like these other recommended reads!

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If you liked the shortlist, you may also like…


The 2016 shortlist read alikes were selected by the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Notable Books Council, which is comprised of expert readers’ advisors and librarians that work closely with adult readers.

Fiction read alikes:

If you liked The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), you may also like…
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
A Dangerous Friend by Ward Just
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
The Four Books by Lianke Yan

If you liked The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard (Alfred A. Knopf), you may also like…
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz by Goran Rosenberg
No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman
Jacob the Liar by Jurek Becker

If you liked A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday), you may also like…
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I Refuse by Per Peterson
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Nonfiction read alikes:

If you liked H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (Grove Press), you may also like…
The Goshawk by T.H. White
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams
After visiting friends: A Son’s Story by Michael Hainey
This is How You Say Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir by Victoria Loustalot

If you liked Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann (Little, Brown and Company), you may also
Liar’s Club by Mary Carr
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Stitches by David Small
The End of the World as We Know It by Robert Goolrick

If you liked The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf (Alfred A. Knopf),
you may also like…
Humboldt’s Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey That Changed the Way We See the World
by Gerard Helferich
Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins
Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity by Alexander Harcourt
Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson
The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science by Armand Marie Leroi

View the .pdf to print out for your library or to hand out at your next book club!

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are co-sponsored by Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. The awards were established to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published within the last year with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

To learn more about the awards, books and authors, visit ala.org/carnegieadult.

Introducing the very first “IAmRUSA” podcast!

A drum roll, please… Introducing the very first “IAmRUSA” podcast with RUSA President, Anne Houston! This podcast was created by Patty Valdovinos, our 2016 RUSA Spectrum Intern. Patty will be creating more podcasts profiling RUSA members as part of her Spectrum project for RUSA, continuing the “IAmRUSA” conversations created by our previous Spectrum Intern, Kirk MacLeod, last year (see the past conversations here).  We hope these podcasts will help us all learn more about each other as RUSA members. Thanks to Patty for this great initiative and a special acknowledgment to her for conducting the interview.