RUSA’s Newest Interest Group – FYE IG

RUSA is proud to announce the formation of the RUSA First Year Experience Interest Group, (FYEIG). This group has been formed in order to address the many challenges of first year students in higher education. One of the anticipated outcomes is to establish a forum with regular meetings for the discussion of practical and scholarly topics relating to first year students and those involved with this group.

The purpose of this group is to share ideas and develop new connections for future collegiality and support. Topics for discussions include but are not limited to retention improvements, introduction to higher education research skills development, outreach, first generation students, international students, students enrolled simultaneously in high school and college (dual enrollment programs), reference services, etc.

This group is in the initial pilot project phase, which ends on June 30, 2016.  In order to become a regularly scheduled, RUSA-sponsored group, there must be sufficient support and some credible work by this date.

You are invited to join this interest group by going to, then log into your ALA account, and join the group.  FYE IG membership is automatic.

Business reference experts select annual list of Best of the Best Business Reference Websites

BOSTON—The annual Best of the Best Business Reference Websites list is hereby announced.

The list made its first debut in 2009 in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal, and recognizes three websites highly relevant to information professionals involved in providing business reference services.

The 2016 list includes:

American Factfinder:

American Factfinder is the primary search interface for data gathered by the United States Census Bureau and serves as a valuable resource for researchers, business owners, and government policy makers.  American Factfinder allows access to current and historical data collected from the US Census Bureaus’ many surveys and censuses.  Data can be visualized through maps and tables and covers a wide spectrum of topics related to the population and the economy of the United States.  Highlights include: the American Community Survey, the Economic Census, and the Annual Survey of Manufactures. Geographic granularity varies by dataset, ranging from the national level to census block group.
Author/Publisher: United States Census Bureau
Free/Fee Based: Free
Date Reviewed: December 9, 2015 is the open access, aggregated data repository and portal to U.S. federal government agency data sources. The purpose of is “to increase public access to high value, machine-readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and to expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications).” Championed by the Obama Administration and developed as an inter-agency initiative to promote federal data as a national asset, began in 2009 with 47 datasets representing twenty-six government agencies, and it has blossomed to include nearly 400,000 datasets, plus a growing array of data tools and applications, from 172 agencies and sub-agencies.
Author/Publisher:  U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

Free/Fee Based:  Free
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2015


EDGAR is the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieving system provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  This system performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the SEC.  EDGAR increases the efficiency and fairness of the securities market by streamlining access to time-sensitive corporate information.  Users have free access to over 20 million filings through a recently updated interface and helpful search tools.
Author/Publisher: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Free/Fee Based: Free
Date Reviewed: December 1, 2015


The Best of the Best Business Reference Websites are nominated and selected by the members of the Business Reference And Services Section (BRASS) Education Committee.  The Committee Team that led the process this year consisted of Ashley E. Faulkner, Texas A&M University, Chair; Bridget Farrell, Auburn University; Monica J. Hagan, UCLA; and Cara Cadena, Grand Valley State University.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources and services they need. Learn more about the association at, and learn more about the Business Reference and Services Section at

Volunteer Opportunities with RUSA

The division has a multitude of volunteer opportunities available for its members through RUSA and special interest section committees.

Committee members have the opportunity to:

Please consider volunteering for one or more committee to help us meet our objectives and move RUSA move forward in new and exciting ways. Virtual members are encouraged and welcomed.

Volunteering can be done in just two steps:

Remember, you must be a RUSA member in order to volunteer for committee positions, with your membership current for the duration of your volunteer term. You must also be a section member in order to participate in section committees. RUSA dues are $60 annually plus the cost of ALA membership. Section membership is free for RUSA members. Visit to update your membership record and add RUSA or a section, or call Membership and Customer Service at 1-800-545-2433, option 5.

Questions about volunteering should be sent to the appointing officers listed below.

We look forward to having you as a part of our leadership team!

Alesia McManus, RUSA Vice-President/President-Elect,
Louise Mort Feldmann, BRASS chair,
Daniel C. Mack, CODES chair,
Christina Thompson, History Section chair,
Courtney Greene McDonald, ETS: Emerging Technologies chair,
Amy Elizabeth Rustic, RSS chair,
Heidi Nance, STARS chair,

RUSA Special Election Now Open

Dear RUSA Members,

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is holding a special election this summer to elect a new RUSA president-elect/vice-president. This election will be held online in ALA Connect and is open now.  The poll to cast your vote for a new president-elect/vice-president is in the RUSA Division Group in ALA Connect here:  Please vote for no more than one candidate by Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6:00pm CT.

To vote online, you will need to login, using your ALA login.  If you have any problems logging in, please call the ALA Member and Customer Service Center at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5.

Members with disabilities may obtain a paper ballot by contacting the RUSA office: Those without Internet access at home or at work can easily access the election site by visiting their local public library (or in many instances, academic or school). To be eligible to vote, individuals must be current members in good standing of RUSA.

Biographical information for and statements from each candidate can be found here:

The RUSA Nominating Committee nominated candidates from among the general membership for the position of president-elect/vice-president. Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee, and have petitioned successfully to run, are also eligible to stand for election and appear on the ballot.

For more information on why we are holding this special election, please see the message from Anne Houston, RUSA President, here:

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions.

Best Wishes

Susan Hornung

Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA