RUSA Virtual Town Hall, June 15, 2016

Make your voice count!


The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 1PM PT / 2PM MT / 3PM CT / 4PM ET to give all RUSA members (and prospective members!) a chance to ask questions about the organization and give input on our current and future directions.

We invite you to submit questions and suggestions ahead of time or ask them during the Town Hall. You can submit your question here up until June 10th: http://goo.gl/forms/7pHP8S4Yy3.

RUSA President Anne Houston and RUSA Vice-President Alesia McManus will be present at the Town Hall to answer questions. We look forward to talking with you!

To attend the meeting please click on this link http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r8iomgg8ab7/  or dial in using: 1-866-717-7547 with participant code: 72620830#, on June 15th.

2016 RUSA Election Results

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 RUSA elections!

Thank you to all the RUSA members who voted in the elections. Your votes help guide the leadership of RUSA and contribute to the success of the organization and its mission. This year’s election results are:

RUSA
PRESIDENT-ELECT – Chris Lebeau
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE – Jenny Presnell, Jennifer Boettcher

BRASS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Greg Fleming
SECRETARY – Ilana Stonebraker
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Annette Buckley

CODES
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Patrick Wall
SECRETARY – Patricia Gregory
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Andrea Copeland, Issac (Ike) Pulver

ETS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Beth Boatright
SECRETARY – Geoffrey Morse
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Shannon Jones

HISTORY
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Chellammal Vaidyanathan
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Nancy Bunker

RSS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Rebecca Jackson
SECRETARY – Jessica Hagman
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Colleen Seale

STARS
VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT – Micquel Little
SECRETARY – Naomi Chow
MEMBER-AT-LARGE – Peter Bae

Terms begin immediately following the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

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.

RUSQ seeks column editors

Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), the peer-reviewed journal of the Reference and User Services Association, is seeking editors for two columns, “The Alert Collector” and “Information Literacy and Instruction.”  RUSQ is an online journal, and issues are available immediately on publication to RUSA members and subscribers at journals.ala.org/RUSQ. The current four issues are limited access and then open access after that.

“The Alert Collector” offers readers titles appropriate for building and maintaining collections in specific subject areas. The columns can focus on fiction or non-fiction areas, and cover print and online resources, with short annotations. Topics covered recently include hip-hop, autism spectrum disorder, art pricing and evaluation, and dance with a focus on flamenco.

“Information Literacy and Instruction” covers any topic in this area in public and academic libraries. Recent columns have explored MOOCs, preparing LIS students for atypical jobs, working with students with autism spectrum disorders, and using specific tools for improving information literacy.

The column editor is responsible for recruiting authors, editing copy, and submitting columns to the editor of RUSQ on schedule. Columns run 2500-3500 words and are published quarterly. RUSQ seeks to provide columns that will be of interest to librarians working in the areas of reference and user services, in academic, public, school, and special libraries.

If you are interested in applying for a column editor position, please send a copy of your resume and a one-page letter outlining your thoughts on how you would shape the column to meet the needs of RUSQ readers to Barry Trott, Editor, RUSQ, btrott@wrl.org, by May 15, 2016.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you have about the journal or the positions.

Barry Trott

Editor, RUSQ