Introducing the Newly Developed National Guidelines and Best Practices for Financial Literacy Education in Libraries!

Free Introduction Webinar (five-part webinar series to follow throughout 2015)

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM (CST)

Management of personal finances requires information. Different kinds of information are needed to safely and successfully earn, borrow, save, invest, spend, and protect against risk. As with other literacies, libraries are uniquely qualified to address this information need. This webinar will describe the rationale, process, and purpose of these national guidelines and best practices, with recommendations for implementation.

Read more. Register here.

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LAST CHANCE–Register NOW for Health Information 101

***LAST CHANCE! Registration for “Health Information 101” has been extended through the end of the weekend. Phone registrations will be taken on Monday, September 15.***

Register for this course now!


“Health Information 101″ prepares librarians to assist their patrons with access to reliable health information resources.

Did you know that having librarians on staff who are savvy about health information websites, the business of healthcare and medical terminology can provide a great service to their library users?

Some of the key skills you’ll acquire are the ability to:

  • Construct an information search using medical terminology
  • Formulate a search strategy in PubMed
  • Adopt health reference interview techniques
  • Recommend consumer health resources based on patron literacy levels
  • Design a shame free environment within the library
  • Apply the Ten Question Consumer Health Website Evaluation Checklist
  • Describe healthcare reforms

Students who complete this course receive 1 CEU credit.

This asynchronous course runs September 15-October 26, 2014.

Learn more about the instructor and the course.


**Please share this message with colleagues or distribution lists who may find it of interest!**

Phone registration can be handled by calling 1.800.545.2433 and press 5 to be connected with ALA Member and Customer Service.

REGISTER for this online course NOW!

Sign up as a group–it’s a great way to start the conversation about improved service delivery at your library. Two or more registrants from the same library, library system or network get 15% off the individual registration rates. If you need help registering a large group, please contact ALA Member and Customer Service at 1.800.545.2433 and press 5.

This six-week course is offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), ALA’s reference experts.

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New Online Courses!

Check out the new online courses!
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RUSA Awards Nomination Period is Now Open!

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is seeking nominations for its annual series of awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2014.

RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession.

Achievement awards for individuals and groups:

Travel awards to the ALA Annual Conference:

Research grants:

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson—access committee contact information by logging in at, then accessing the RUSA roster webpage—or to the RUSA headquarters staff.

More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found on RUSA’s awards webpage.

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