RUSA Online Courses and Webinars Spring 2015

Online Courses:

Genealogy 101 March. 23 – April 26, 2015
Assist patrons with family history research. Read more and register.

Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping March 23 – April 12, 2015
Economic concepts and terms essential to understanding… Read more and register.

Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for Interlibrary Loan & Reference April 20 – May 17, 2015 (Live Sessions on Thursdays, Time 1 p.m. CST)
Mansel Pre 56 to Digital Repositories, DOAJ to Trove to HathiTrust. Don’t know those terms…then this course is for you! Read more and register.

NEW COURSE! Learner-Centered Reference and Instruction: Science, Psychology, and Inclusive Pedagogy April 6 – May 17, 2015
This course will introduce library practitioners to empirically sound approaches to learner-centered teaching that can be applied to creating effective reference and instruction services that maximally facilitate student learning. Read more and register.

NEW COURSE! Introduction to Instructional Design for Librarians April 20 – May 31, 2015
Students will learn to use the Instructional Design Process and apply it effectively to library instruction which includes: identifying instructional problems, learner analysis, task analysis, defining instructional objectives, sequencing content, identifying instructional strategies, message design, instructional delivery, and evaluation instruments. Read more and register.

· Boomerang Library Users: Implementing Effective, Enriching and Educational Library programs for target users to Learn and Return
March 18, 2015, 10:30-11:45am
Create and design effective programs for business and pleasure. Read more and register.
· No Thumbs Required: Strategies for a Superior SMS/Text Reference Service March 24, 2015, 2-3:15pm
Connecting the principles of the RUSA Guidelines to the practical realities of the SMS/text medium… Read more and register.
· Universal Design for Learning, Information literacy, and Libraries April 01, 2015,1-2:15pm
Gain information about Universal Design for Learning… Read more and register.
· What is Content Marketing + Should You Be Using It at Your Library? April 03, 2015, 2-3:15pm
Understand content marketing. Read more and register.
· Reference Interviewing: Best Practices in Action April 06, 2015, 1-2pm
How to improve interaction with the online. Read more and register.
· Spice it Up with Pura Belpre! Using Award Winning Titles and Other Resources to Celebrate the Hispanic Influence in Literature for Youth
April 30, 2015, 10-11am Read more and register.
· Exploring Partnerships with Faculty and Other User Groups for Digital Humanities Projects May 12, 2015, 2-3:30pm
Learn to identify partnership opportunities within your institutions. Read more and register.

Marianne K. Braverman, MSW.
Marketing & Programs Manager
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

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Call for Proposals ALA Annual 2014- RUSA/RSS

Lead a discussion, see your name in print and find your way to stardom! Submit a discussion forum proposal to the RUSA/RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee. Details are below.

Description: The RUSA/RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee is soliciting topic proposals for discussion at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 – July 1, 2014. The purpose of the discussion forum is to provide a venue for reference practitioners to discuss reference related topics of current importance and to exchange ideas. You know you love to talk about reference. Here’s your chance to network with other reference fanatics!

What to Include in Your Proposal:

The following elements need to be addressed in your proposal:

· A clear, concise description of the discussion topic’s issues

Importance of the topic to reference librarians
At least three topic-related sample discussion questions that may be used to facilitate group discussion
Strategies and structure that will facilitate a lively discussion (In other words, describe your discussion forum format). Note that the session is meant to be a discussion, not a presentation. As such, no A/V equipment will be provided. The requested room setup is Hollow Square, but could be anything, so flexibility is important.

Scope of Discussion Topics: Proposed topics should have broad appeal. Try not to limit your proposal to a specific type of library. Topical categories can include, but are not limited to:

Frontline reference issues
Reference methods
Reference and information technologies
Assessment of reference
Management of reference
Research in reference

Your topic should be focused enough to be covered reasonably well within the allotted time (90 minutes).

Expectations for Discussion Forum Facilitators:

If your proposal is selected, you, or your designee, will serve as the discussion facilitator, leading the discussion and keeping things on track. As the discussion facilitator, you must:

Be up-to-date and familiar with your discussion topic.
Choose a discussion format that allows for maximum discussion. See our Tips for Discussion Forums ( for examples of possible formats.
Create a handout that provides a brief summary of the issue along with a few key references. (optional)
Maintain communication with the Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee throughout the planning, program, and follow-up processes.

Process: The Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee will select 2 proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference. Proposal topics will be evaluated on: impact, timeliness, relevancy, practicality (that the topic lends itself to a discussion), innovation, evidence of applicant’s knowledge, and clear focus. Proposals must be submitted by March 28, 2014 for ALA Annual in Las Vegas. Proposal writers will be notified within 2 weeks as to whether or not their proposal was accepted. Facilitators are responsible for their own conference registration and travel expenses.

Forum Dates and Times: The discussion forums have been scheduled for Sunday, June 29, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and Monday, June 30, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., but the dates and times are not final until rooms are assigned. If you have a preferred time slot, please include it in your proposal.

Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals are welcome from any ALA member.

How to Submit: Please read Tips for Discussion Forums ( before submitting your proposal. Complete the proposal form located here:

Deadline for submission is March 28, 2014.

Contact Crystal Lentz ( with questions.

Upcoming RUSA online courses cover reference and business reference basics

CHICAGO — Public librarians, academic librarians and library support staff are encouraged to sign up for the next offerings of Business Reference 101 and The Reference Interview, two popular online classes offered by Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the home for reference within the American Library Association.

The next offerings include:

Business Reference 101, May 9 – June 3, 2011

Appropriate for librarians and library staff of all types who wish to acquire business reference expertise, Business Reference 101 will demystify such topics as SIC, NAICS codes, ROI and 10ks. Students will also have access to such proprietary business reference databases as Standard & Poor’s Net Advantage and Thomson/Gale’s Business &Company Resource Center. This consistently sold-out course will be taught by Celia Ross, past chair of RUSA’s Brass section and an experienced facilitator and practitioner in the business reference field.

The Reference Interview, May 2 – June 10, 2011

This comprehensive course covers such reference interview topics as cultivating an approachable reference environment, successful questioning and listening techniques and appropriate follow-up methods. Staff of all levels at all types of libraries will find this content, presented in a multi-media format, helpful in their day-to-day engagement with library patrons. Instructor David Tyckoson, associate dean at the Henry Madden Library, Cal State—Fresno and immediate past-president of RUSA, has an extensive resume in the field and was awarded the 2005 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship.

All courses will be administered using Moodle, an online course management tool. Online learning offers flexibility for busy professional schedules and facilitates interaction between instructors and students with weekly assignments, discussion boards and chat sessions.

Online registration is now open for all of these opportunities, with significant cost savings for RUSA members. VisitRUSA’s professional development information page for detailed course information, or go straight to the online registration page for these courses. Information about group registration discounts for those libraries or library systems with two or more employees participating is available from Liz Markel, RUSA marketing specialist,

The Reference and User Services Association, 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, services, and collection materials they need.  For more information, visit Not a RUSA member, but  interested in discounted registration rates on conference, RUSA preconferences and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership

Online learning from ASCLA and RUSA


Both the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) have prepared an excellent lineup of professional development opportunities scheduled for the coming months. I hope you’ll consider joining us for one or more of these online events-all of which you can attend from the comfort of your office or home computer.

Please forward this message to any colleagues or distribution lists who might be interested in these learning opportunities.
**ASCLA Virtual Convergence**

For four days-January 18-21, 2011-ASCLA will host the inaugural Virtual Convergence. The Convergence will present a multitude of webinars offered at various times throughout the day on topics relevant to your job performance. We are currently seeking topics and presenters for these webinars. Whether you are an expert in a particular topic area, or you are willing to serve as a “program planner” and recruit a speaker or panel of speakers on a topic that is of importance to the library community, we welcome your submissions! More information is at the ASCLA blog
<> .

Potential program topics include consulting and independent librarianship; collaborative digitization; accessibility of libraries and library services; services to special populations including differently-abled library users, as well as all ages of incarcerated populations; issues affecting networks and cooperatives; and topics pertinent to state libraries. Presenters will be compensated. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Submit a proposal now using the online proposal form.

RUSA Online Courses, Fall 2010

The schedule for RUSA’s fall online courses is in place, and registration is now open! Regardless of your job function or library type, these learning opportunities are appropriate for both seasoned professionals and those looking to expand their skill sets and build their resumes.

Register online now!
<>  All pricing and comprehensive course descriptions are available at the RUSA website <> .

*       Genealogy 101
<>  Sept. 20-Oct. 22    Covering genealogy reference basics, and providing skills for confidently assisting family history researchers.
*       Reference Interview
<>  Sept. 13-Oct. 22    A comprehensive course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need.
*       Business Reference 101
/index.cfm>  Oct. 4-29    Demystifies business reference while providing an overview of business reference resources and preparing you to answer basic business reference questions.
*       Readers’ Advisory 101
<>  Oct. 4-Nov. 11    This course offers online practice sessions to increase your comfort with providing RA services.

As of Sept. 1, group discounts will only be available to organizations with current memberships with ALA. Until then, all organizations can take advantage of significant savings when two or more employees sign up for the same course. Details are in the Professional Development section of the RUSA website
<> .

Remember, these events are open to all, but division members get the best price on registration! If your professional expertise and interests align with either ASCLA or RUSA’s areas of work, we encourage you to join! Become a member at or call 1-800-545-2433, option 5.

Learn more about ASCLA at,and RUSA at

Business Reference – online course registration closes August 11


Just a quick reminder that registration for the next offering of Business Reference 101 closes next Wednesday, August 11!

The course, which will be held August 16-September 17, has consistently sold out, so if you want to take advantage of this amazing learning opportunity, DON’T WAIT!

This online course is tailored for public, special and academic librarians and other researchers and library staff who may feel somewhat intimidated when faced with business reference questions. It is primarily geared towards beginners, but seasoned business researchers could take the course as a skills refresher. Access to proprietary databases, increased competence in business reference and confidence in responding to patrons’ business reference questions are just a few things you’ll get from this online course.

A complete course summary can be found here:

Register online now!

Registration is $130 for RUSA members, $175 for ALA members, $210 for non-members, and $100 for student and retired members of ALA.

Through the end of August, we are offering group discounts to any and all institutions with two or more students enrolled in the same course at the same time.

As of September 1, group discounts will only apply to those institutions that have an active organizational membership with ALA.

Download the group registration form here:

Questions about registration can be directed to

Business knowledge for your reference @ ALA/RUSA workshop


Feeling confounded by business reference questions in your day-to-day work?

Looking to expand your knowledge to get ahead, or get started in your reference career?

We can help!

Get down to the basics of business concepts by attending “Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day”, a workshop sponsored by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) at ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference. Public, academic and special librarians as well as library school students who are new to business reference or who want to improve their understanding of basic business concepts will benefit from this event.

Subjects and speakers include:

Management: Elisabeth Leonard, consultant, Library Solutions

Finance: Chris LeBeau, business reference librarian, University of  Missouri, Kansas City and clinical instructor, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies

Accounting: Susan Klopper, executive director, Goizueta Business Library, Emory University

Marketing: Gary White, head, Schreyer Business Library, Penn State

The workshop will be held Friday, July 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This is a ticketed event-you do not have to attend the ALA Annual Conference to participate, but you do need to register.

Get the scoop on how to register at the RUSA blog:

Don’t delay! Advance registration savings only last until May 22. Advance Registration Prices: RUSA member, $135; ALA member, $180; Non-member, $255; Student, $80

Learn more about RUSA at our website:

Know a colleague or friend who might be interested in this event?

Please forward this e-mail to them.

Liz Markel
RUSA Marketing Specialist

ALA/RUSA: Illinois and African-American genealogy preconference July 10 in Chicago


Both librarians serving genealogists and those interested in researching their own family history are invited to From Lincoln Logs to Linkin’ Families, a preconference sponsored by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and held in conjunction with ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Some of the biggest names in genealogy will be on hand for this one-day event highlighting newly available Illinois-specific genealogy resources as well as resources for African American family history research, including:

–George Morgan of “Genealogy Guys” fame and author of How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy
–Curt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center of Allen County (Ind.) Public Library
–Jack Simpson, curator of local and family history at the Newberry Library in Chicago and co-creator of
–Lorreto “Lou” Dennis Szucs, editor of the definitive genealogy tool The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy

The workshop will be held Friday, July 10, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. This is a ticketed event-you do not have to attend the ALA Annual Conference to participate, and you do not have to be a librarian…but you do need to register.

Get the scoop on how to register at the RUSA blog:

Don’t delay! Advance registration savings only last until May 22. Advance Registration Prices: RUSA member, $100; ALA member, $145; Non-member, $220; Student, $75

Learn more about RUSA at our website:

Know a colleague or non-librarian friend who might be interested in this event?

Please forward this e-mail to them.

Liz Markel
RUSA Marketing Specialist