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.

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Celia Ross appointed as new vendor relations liaison

RUSA President, Anne Houston, has appointed Celia Ross, Associate Librarian at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan as RUSA’s newest position, Vendor Relations Liaison.

The Vendor Relations Liaison’s role is to facilitate communication between RUSA, including its staff, members, committees, sections and Executive Board, and database providers, publishers and other research resource vendors in order to ensure the continued support of RUSA’s awards, events, learning opportunities and strategic plan. The Liaison will also work to highlight the value and impact produced by this collaboration.

“Celia has had a direct impact on the professional development of many librarians, drawing them into business reference services and research. Celia is the ideal candidate for this position in that she has been one of RUSA’s greatest assets in advocating for our profession, creating and maintaining relationships with industry vendors and securing sponsorships for many of RUSA’s awards and events. Her rapport within and without the library community goes unmatched and we are beyond excited to have her as the face of our vendor relations liaison,” said RUSA President, Anne Houston.

In collaboration with RUSA, vendors gain unique access to a targeted audience of RUSA members, including reference and acquisitions librarians, collection development specialists, and other information professionals, resulting in a mutually beneficial partnership.

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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.

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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

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