March 2016


The 2016 ALA Annual Conference is 99 Days Away!

Don’t miss out on Early Bird Registration rates, which end at 12:00 PM (CST) on March 16, 2016. You can register for the conference using this link: ALA Annual Conference registration.

The conference will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, June 23–28. Be one of the first to sign up to experience RUSA’s President’s Program with keynote speaker Dave Cobb, Vice President for Creative Development of the Thinkwell Group. Celebrate the honorable work of your colleagues at the RUSA Awards Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party, attend outstanding workshops and programs, network, and cruise more than 800 vendors in the exhibit hall. Register here.

RUSA Preconferences

  • Business Data for Librarians – Ticket Purchase Required
    As the business world embraces big data, so must librarians. The focus of this full-day workshop will include: conducting a data reference interview; delving into the issues of data validity and data information literacy; and, working with data tools and datasets. Read more and register here.
  • Spoonful of Data-Driven Sugar: Using Big Business Research to Improve Customer Satisfaction in Easy-to-Implement, Single-Serving Packets  Ticket Purchase Required
    USAA, Amazon, Zappos, Trader Joe’s, and Starbucks are among companies ranked highest in customer service and they spend millions of dollars learning how to fulfill their customers’ needs. These techniques may be used to improve library programs and the customer service skills necessary for success. Read more and register here.
  • Genealogy Workshop – Registration Required 
    This free workshop will help librarians of all types learn techniques to better understand genealogy research methods and sources. Lunch provided and sponsored by ProQuest. Read moreRegister here.

2016 Elections

The 2016 ALA Elections will open on March 15th and close on April 22nd. Please click on this link to view the following RUSA members who will be running for RUSA offices in the 2016 Elections. For more information on the ALA Election process, please view this link: ALA Election Process.

We would like to thank these members for agreeing to stand in for election! Be sure to vote in the Spring elections!

If you have any questions, please email

2016 Achievement Award Winners

RUSA’s achievement awards provide research and travel grants in recognition of the nation’s most exceptional librarians, libraries and projects involving reference services today. These awards are of the highest honor and recognize invaluable contributions to the field.

The RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website in April.

Read about all the winners here. 

RUSA Online Learning

Online Courses

Business Reference 101
Demystify SIC and NAICS codes, ROI and 10k’s.
Read more. Register here.

Interlibrary Loan 101 (Recorded Live Sessions on M/W, Time 1-2 p.m. CST)
Participants will learn standard practices, gain an overview of emerging trends, and practice writing policies for interlibrary borrowing and lending. Read more. Register here.


Teaching with Primary Sources
A colleague from archives and special collections provides a general introduction to teaching with primary sources. Read more.  Register here