Reference and User Services Association

"The Music of Central Asia" awarded 2018 Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference

Denver-- The winner of the 2018 Dartmouth Medal for most outstanding reference work, an annual award presented by the expert reference and collection development librarians of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA, is “The Music of Central Asia”  published by Indiana University Press and edited by Theodore Levin,‎ Saida Daukeyeva,‎ and Elmira Köchümkulova.

eForum: Assessing Electronic Reference Services

CHICAGO - Have you been wondering if your users are aware of your chat service? Or maybe how your students are using your research guides or your online FAQ? Do you need a little inspiration or advice on how to find out? If so, this Assessing Electronic Reference Services eForum is for you! 

2018 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners revealed

DENVER—The Listen List Council of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced the 2018 selections of the Listen List, selected for both avid listeners of audiobooks and those new to the pleasures of the fastest-growing format in publishing. This juried list of twelve newly-released titles features extraordinary narrators and listening experiences that merit special attention by a general adult audience and the librarians who advise them.

Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) Journal Winter Edition Now Available

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CHICAGO - It is Christmas Eve here as I write the introduction to RUSQ 57:2; view now. I hope that the holiday season offers a time for RUSA members to catch their breath after a busy fall, and that the new year offers time for reflection and thinking about librarianship.

Hailley Fargo selected as RUSA's 2018 Emerging Leader

CHICAGO - The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is pleased to announce that Hailley Fargo has been selected as our 2018 Emerging Leader. Hailley is the Student Engagement Librarian at Pennsylvania State University.

ALA's Emerging Leader Program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2018 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. The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) sponsored by NoveList, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 11, 2018.

First open access issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) now available

The coming of autumn marks the start of another volume of RUSQ, the 57th in the journal’s life; view now. The close of summer is also a marker for our libraries—the end of summer reading, the start of the new semester—it is a time for beginnings. I am delighted that the fall of 2017 marks the beginning of RUSQ as a fully open access journal. As you can read in the editor’s column, the RUSA Board approved the move to full open access this past summer.

Longlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – Forty-six books, 25 fiction, 21 nonfiction, have been selected for the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on October 25, 2017.

ALA appoints Jessica Hughes ASCLA/RUSA executive director

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Jessica Hughes executive director of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of ALA. She will start Oct. 9.