Reference and User Services Association

Guide to Reference in genealogy and biography

CHICAGO — An excellent starting point for both reference librarians and for library users seeking information about family history and the lives of others, “Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography,” edited by Mary K. Mannix, Fred Burchsted and Jo Bell Whitlatch, is drawn from the authoritative database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012.

Key ALA offices, all divisions, 'advocacy guru' to team at 2015 Midwinter Meeting to help all library lovers answer president’s call to 'Advocate. Today.'

CHICAGO—In her inaugural column for American Libraries magazine, titled "Advocate. Today.," American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young challenged librarians of all types, and friends of libraries, to commit to spending just an hour a week advocating for libraries.

Reinventing reference

CHICAGO — Uniquely positioned to connect library users to the information they seek, and thus to the wider world, library staff serving on the front lines of reference have both the power and responsibility, in turn, to position the library as an institution that remains relevant and responsive.

Year's best in books and media for adults unveiled at Midwinter

CHICAGO — All ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to celebrate the announcements of adult literature’s next classics at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming Book and Media Awards Ceremony and Reception in Chicago.

RUSA announces Carol Schuetz as the new editor for RUSA Update

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA) a division of the American Library Association, (ALA) announces its new editor for RUSA Update, Carol Schuetz. Carol is the business resources specialist at the Jesse H. Jones Library at Baylor University.

RUSA selects Beth Boatright as 2015 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO — Beth Boatright, information services and instruction librarian at the Helmke Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, has been selected as the 2015 Emerging Leader for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Learn to improve book annotation writing skills in new RUSA webinar

CHICAGO — A new webinar from the Reference a­­nd User Services Association (RUSA) will teach readers how to improve their book annotation writing skills. “Book Annotations: Short and Snappy Made Easy” is presented by two team members from NoveList, Shauna Griffin, MLS, and Rebecca Honeycutt, MLS, and will take place at 2:30 CDT, Thursday, Nov. 6. For more information and to register, visit http://www.ala.org/rusa/book-annotations-short-and-snappy.

New committee includes independent bookseller for Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO A new committee is set to start work on selecting the prestigious 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awards that reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. For the first time in 2015, an independent bookseller chosen by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) is joining the committee, reflecting the impact and influence of these awards on general readers both inside and beyond the library and adding additional expertise.

RUSA seeks nominations for 2015 achievement awards and grants

CHICAGO —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.

For many years RUSA has been dedicated to celebrating the outstanding achievements of reference librarians and practitioners through the presentation of awards and grants. With over $30,000 generously donated annually by industry sponsors, RUSA has, and will continue to, nominate, select and honor the very best in the field of reference librarianship.

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