New Member Orientation

Welcome to RUSA!

Thank you for joining the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)!  To help you learn more about all the ways RUSA can assist you in your career and professional interests, and link you to like-minded individuals, please take a moment and browse through our new member orientation PowerPoint or .PDF:

RUSA New Member Orientation PowerPoint Presentation (download)

Slideshow also available in .PDF version.

We are very excited that you have chosen to join RUSA and help us pursue excellence in the delivery and provision of library, reference and user services. Our organization is strong because of dedicated individuals like you who have a passion for our mission and strive to make a difference.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you:

and the many other ways RUSA offers for member involvement.

Getting Involved in RUSA:

Talk with Colleagues – Join one of our email discussion lists which cover almost every conceivable topic in the reference and user services field.  Visit for details.

Read the RUSA Update Member E-Newsletter – Read about section news, letters from our RUSA President, updates from our Emerging Leader, what the new online course offerings are, what the upcoming conference programs and preconferences are, and all the other news about RUSA events and happenings.

Build Your Skills – RUSA’s online continuing education program offers the best in reference and user services skills to help you fulfill your personal learning requirements and for work-life enrichment.  Build your skills at affordable member rates.

Present Your Ideas – Submit an idea for a conference program, webinar or online course. Share your own experience with your colleagues!

Run for Office – Consider this your invitation to help set the course of the association.  Contact the chair of the RUSA or Section Nominating Committees and express your interest in being nominated.

Join a Committee – Decisions are made by the people who show up.  There are many committees in RUSA, each with specific functions, goals, and interests. Look at the RUSA and Sections committee rosters for groups you’d like to work with, then contact the chair of the committee and ask how to get involved. At an ALA conference, stop by a committee meeting and listen to what’s going on. To be a member of a committee, volunteer.

Thank you and welcome once more!