Reference and User Services Association

2019-2020 President-Elect of RUSA Announced

CHICAGO- Courtney McDonald, Learner Experience & Engagement Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Libraries, has been elected the 2019-20 President-Elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). McDonald will serve her Presidential term during 2020-21.

Kay Ann Cassell awarded Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award

Kay Ann Cassell, Professor Emerita, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University was selected as the 2019 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, the Reference and User Services Association’s highest honor.
 

Create Impactful Library Services for Older Adults

Many communities are home to an aging population. Libraries are a community focal point with capacity to strategically facilitate, coordinate and partner with other organizations and these libraries need to be able to educate, empower and engage older adults.  

Enhance your Project Management, Leadership, and Marketing Skills!

Need help managing projects in your library? Want to become a manager or are early in your management career. Don't have a lot of patrons taking advantage of your library offerings?

Conducting the reference interview

CHICAGO — Based on the latest research in communication theory but tailored specifically for real-world application, the newly updated third edition of “Conducting the Reference Interview,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, speaks equally to the needs of students preparing to enter the profession and those who are already fielding reference inquiries.

2018 Notable Books List: Year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry announced

Seattle- The Reference and User Services Association’s Notable Books Council, first established in 1944, has announced the 2019 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The list was announced today during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

The 2019 Notable Books List selections are:

A new edition of the classic RA guide to genre fiction by Wyatt and Saricks

CHICAGO — Everyone’s favorite guide to fiction that’s thrilling, mysterious, suspenseful, thought-provoking, romantic, and just plain fun is back—and better than ever in this completely revamped and revised edition. A must for every readers’ advisory desk, the new third edition of “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction,” published by ALA Editions, is also a useful tool for collection development librarians and students in LIS programs.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States.