RUSA members elect Houston as president-elect; Garcia and Mintz on board

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/18/2015


Marianne Braverman

Marketing and Programs Manager


CHICAGO — Anne Houston, director of Teaching, learning and research at the Smith College libraries has been elected the 2016-2017 president of the Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA). Prior to working in her current position, she was the director of humanities and social sciences Services at the University of Virginia Libraries, since 2009. Prior to that she served as a librarian at Tulane University and Loyola University Chicago.  She holds an MLS degree as well as an MA in English

Houston has been involved in ALA and RUSA for many years, holding a variety of positions including chair of ALA’s Committee on Research and Statistics, president of the Library Instruction Round Table, and chair of RUSA’s Emerging Technologies in Reference Section. Most recently she served as chair of RUSA’s Strategic Plan Coordinating Task Force, where she helped create RUSA’s strategic plan for 2015-2018.  

“I love RUSA because it helps librarians in all types of libraries adapt to our rapidly changing environment,” she said. “Reference and user services are being transformed in ways that are both challenging and exciting, and it is our mission to bring our members together to solve these challenging problems together.”

Houston will become RUSA president-elect at the conclusion of the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference this June and will assume the RUSA presidency in June 2016 for one year.

Also on the ballet were two director-at-large board vacancies. RUSA members elected were Ed Garcia, library director, Cranston Public Library and Mary Mintz, associate director for outreach, American University Library.  

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. RUSA supports excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference advisory, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library. Please visit our website at