RUSA Update, Summer 2009

Summer 2009 | Daniel Mack, Editor

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Message from the President

Annual Conference Programming
Annual Conference 2009 is going to be an amazing experience for all attendees. RUSA and its sections are putting on a range of preconferences and programs. Check out the complete line up here: http://rusa.ala.org/media/rusa09annual.pdf

I want to personally invite everyone to the RUSA President’s Program.

The 2009 RUSA President’s program will be the inaugural presentation of the Readers’ Advisory Research and Trends Forum. This multimedia program will feature three speakers discussing the ways readers, listeners, and viewers approach books, music, and art.

Come early for your chance to win fabulous RA prizes including a free year of Library Journal or BookList Online, sets of RA books from ALA Editions and Libraries Unlimited, or the complete Nancy Pearl collection including the Deluxe Action Figure signed by Nancy.

The newly elected officers of RUSA, as well as the incoming class of RUSA leaders, will be recognized at the start of the program. Please join me in congratulating them.

Immediately following the President’s Program will be the RUSA Awards Reception. Please plan on attending this cocktail reception and congratulating your colleagues on their outstanding achievements.

Monday, July 13 1:30-3:00 Hyatt Regency Chicago (the one near the river, not near McCormick) in Grand Ball Room A/B 

Welcome RUSA’s New Executive Director
In addition to all the great programming we have, this conference will be special because we will get a chance to meet with our new Executive Director, Susan Hornung. Susan is a reference librarian with a great deal of experience in association management. In case you missed the press release (and if you did, please consider signing up for RUSA-L to get all our news as it is happening), here is what I sent to RUSA-L:

Please join me in welcoming Susan Hornung to ALA as the new Executive Director of both the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).  Susan will be attending the 2009 ALA Annual Conference as executive director designate and will officially join ALA on July 27, 2009.

Susan Hornung is currently the Director of Knowledge Management and the Severson Center, the Alliance for Children and Families, in Milwaukee (WI), a position she has held since 1986.  The Alliance for Children and Families is a national membership association whose members are family- and child-serving nonprofit organizations.  The Severson National Information Center provides information and knowledge to members of the Alliance, as well as to the staff and board of the Families International group of companies. In that position, Susan has created, implemented and supported communities of practice; developed and managed the National Trend Advisory Committee and National Severson Center Advisory Committee; developed and been responsible for a major branding project; and led the successful effort to make the Alliance the first national membership association to achieve Council on Accreditation recognition, improving the organization’s continuous quality improvement program and use of best practices.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Susan Hornung was the Reference and Adult Services Director (1979-1986) at the Minnesota Valley Regional Library in Mankato (MN). Prior positions included serving as a Library Consultant at the Quinco Mental Health Center and Reference Librarian at the Bartholomew County Public Library, both in Columbus (IN).

She is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington (IN), both A.B. (major in English and minor in French) and M.L.S. (1976).  She is currently enrolled in the Alliance for Children and Families’ Executive Leadership Institute, a two-year nonprofit management certification program sponsored and held at the University of Michigan.

Susan Hornung is presently the president-elect of the Wisconsin chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and a member of the Executive Board of the Library Council of Metropolitan Milwaukee. 
Susan will join us at RUSA Board I – 1:30-3:00 in McCormick Place West, room 193a – for an hour-long open conversation. All RUSA members are welcome to attend the Board meeting, meet Susan, and ask questions.

This hour will also serve as RUSA’s All-Member Meeting. If you have a question or concern to address to the Board, please join us at Board I. The discussion is slated to begin at 1:45.

Susan will also be in attendance at many of the Section Executive Committee meetings as well as RUSA Board II, the RUSA President’s Program, and the RUSA Award’s Reception. Please stop her and welcome her to RUSA, she is looking forward to meeting all of you.

RUSA’s Annual Report
Each year the RUSA President has to submit a report to ALA Council. My report is available on the RUSA Blog. For me, the highlight of this year was working with all the amazing people in RUSA. Here is an excerpt from my report:

It has been the privilege of my professional life to serve as RUSA’s President this year and I want to thank the RUSA Board, the RUSA Executive Committee, all the sections, task force leaders and members, and the RUSA staff for working so hard in service to the profession and the association. It has been my honor to work with such committed and talented individuals who have been simply amazing in the level of work they are willing to take on, and the results they accomplish.

While this report lists many of RUSA’s achievements over the past year, it cannot, in even small measure, detail the sheer hard work, creative energy, and focus of the individuals who lead RUSA. They have my deepest respect and admiration.

Road Reading
This is my last “From the President” column. As one of my last acts as RUSA President then, I want to share some reading suggestions for the road – be that road your trip to Chicago or the short walk to your favorite reading chair.

neal's selections

Thank you for the opportunity to lead RUSA this year and happy reading,

Neal

   BRASS Notes

Elizabeth Stephan, Editor

Message from the Chair

BRASS is looking forward to another conference in Chicago.
Most of us will begin with the BRASS New Members Reception Friday July 10, 2009; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cavanaugh's Bar and Restaurant, 53 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604 http://www.cavanaughschicago.com/
This is located in the historic Monanock Building in The Loop area of Chicago, within walking distance from the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. There will be hors d'oeuvres and an open bar for your enjoyment, with InfoUSA generously sponsoring this event for BRASS.
During the conference major BRASS events include (see full detail and description below):

  • Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day: Business Concepts for Library Reference; Friday, July 10, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Sheraton BR IV)
  • Business Reference in Public Libraries Forum: Resources & Strategies for Job Hunting & Career Change; Saturday, July 11, 1:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Palmer House, Chicago Room)
  • Business Reference Services Discussion Group: The Financial Crisis and its Impact on Business Reference; Sunday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Palmer House, Adams BR)
  • BRASS Program Part 1 Dollars, Pounds & Yen: Libraries in a time of Globalization; Monday, July 13, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 am (McCormick Place West 190a)
  • BRASS Program Part 2 Not-So-Silent Partners: Libraries and Local Economic Development; Monday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.–noon (McCormick Place West 190a)
  • RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception, including BRASS award winners; Monday, July 13, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Hyatt, Grand BR/EF

This year we are trying 2 shorter programs instead of one long so please fill in the evaluation forms and let us know what you think about the format.
Monday evening 6:00 until will be the BRASS member's dinner. Details of this will be sent through brass-l and the contact person is Mark Andersen.
The conference concludes with the BRASS Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM. All current chairs and RUSA reps. must attend.
Thanks to all of the current committee members, committee chairs, support position volunteers, and Executive Committee members for their excellent work for BRASS over the past year, I would not have survived without your help.
I want to give a special thanks to Fred Rowland, who as webmaster for BRASS, survived the Web page changes, the lost materials and the constant demands for updates. He navigated the various layers of responsibility and we ended up with a good page, one on which we received a compliments from RUSA for the material available.
See you all in Chicago.
Rita W. Moss, BRASS chair 2008-2009

Programs
Mastering Business Acumen (MBA) in a Day: Business Concepts for Library Reference
Friday July 10, 9:00–5:30; Sheraton Chicago BR IV
This event will arm a wide variety of librarians with the know-how needed to address patrons’ basic business questions. Public, academic, and special librarians as well as library school students new to business reference can reap the rewards of this professional development event. Experts representing a variety of fundamental business disciplines will share their knowledge with attendees and prepare them to support business-related reference services. Attendees will also participate in small group networking lunches at nearby restaurants organized by BRASS member ambassadors.

BRASS New Members' Reception
Friday July 10, 5:30–7:30 p.m.; Cavanaugh's Bar and Restaurant, 53 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604
BRASS would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new members to a casual-dress reception this summer in Chicago, IL. The reception will be held at Cavanaugh's Bar and Restaurant located in the historic Monanock Building in The Loop area of Chicago, within walking distance from the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. There will be hors d'oeuvres and an open bar for your enjoyment, with InfoUSA generously sponsoring this event for BRASS. If you joined in the last year or if you joined prior to that and still feel like a new member, then this reception is for you. This is a great opportunity to meet other BRASS members, enjoy good food and start to get plugged into the world of business librarianship. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you better.
Business Reference Services Discussion Group (The BRASS Discussion Group): The Financial Crisis and its Impact on Business Reference
Sunday, July 12th, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; Palmer House, Adams Ballroom
The global economic crisis has us all talking, particularly about its impact on libraries. Business librarians are providing patrons with financial, investment, economic and other crisis information along with trying to cope with shrinking library budgets. Please join the BRASS Discussion Group at ALA Annual in Chicago for a discussion of this as well as other topics from the floor. This is a great opportunity to network with business librarians and discuss topics of interest. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
BRASS Forum: Resources and Strategies for Job Hunting and Career Changes (Business Reference in Public Libraries)
Saturday, July 11, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.; Palmer Marshfield Room
BRASS 2009 Conference Program (two sessions):
Dollars, Pounds and Yen: Libraries in a Time of Globalization
Monday, July 13, 8:30–10:00 a.m.; McCormick Place West 190a
Identifying the best resources for international business information can be overwhelming. Get a grip on the best tools available with help from subject matter experts who will share best resources for locating information on emerging markets, and discuss the global economic outlook and major trends in the global economy as they affect stock, bond, and commodity, and currency markets around the world.
Not-so-Silent Partners: Libraries and Local Economic Development
Monday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; McCormick Place West 190a
Public library outreach to the local business community is the focus of this program. Presentations on effective outreach and the state of the Midwest and national economic economies will be accompanied by a poster session illustrating the business partnership efforts of several libraries.
Business Reference in Public Libraries Forum: Resources & Strategies for Job Hunting & Career Change
Saturday, July 11, 1:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Palmer Hotel, Chicago Room)
Business Reference Services Discussion Group: the Financial Crisis and its Impact on Business Reference
Sunday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon; Palmer Hotel, Adams BR

Committees
BRASS Education Committee
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; Palmer House Clark 2
The BRASS Education Committee continues to work on redesigning the layout of the BRASS Best of the Best Business Web Sites (Free Resources) and the Selected Core Competencies. These are will be done in PDF format at to make updating easier for maintainers and the BRASS Webmaster. The committee will be hosting the MBA (Mastering Business Acumen) Preconference on Friday, July 10. We will continue to explore future preconference events for the 2010 DC conference. The Education Committee will also discuss future work with the Emerging Leaders Project as well as other germane business.
Paul Brothers, Chair
BRASS Executive Committee (Closed)
Saturday, July 11, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.; Palmer House Hancock Parlor
BRASS Executive Committee (Open)
Tuesday, July 14, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.; Palmer House Salon VIII
BRASS Membership Committee
Sunday, July 12, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.; Sheraton Chicago Parlor D
BRASS Publications Committee
Saturday, July 11, 3:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Palmer House LaSalle 2
Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee
Saturday, July 11, 1:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; Palmer House Salon X
Business Reference in Public Libraries Committee
Saturday, July 11, 1:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; Palmer House Marshfield Room (following Forum)
Business Reference Sources Committee
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; Palmer House Marshfield Room
The Committee is diligently reviewing new business titles for the RUSQ Winter issue column, “Outstanding Business Reference Sources: The 2009 Selection of Recent Titles.” Members are in discussion with BRASS and RUSA about possibly having the Publisher’s Forum during the annual conference in 2010.
Lee Pasackow, Chair
Conference Program Planning: Chicago 2009
Saturday, July 11, 3:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Hilton Conference Room 5D
Conference Program Planning: Washington D.C., 2010
Saturday, July 11, 3:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Palmer House LaSalle 4
Sunday, July 12, 3:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sheraton Chicago Parlor D

Election Results
Vice-chair
Mark Edward Andersen

Secretary
Christy Donaldson

Member-at-large (for 3 year term)
Suzanne Sweeney

RUSA Director at Large
Paul Brothers

ALA councilors
Diana Y. Wu
Diane Zabel

   History Section Report

2009 Annual Conference

Chicago, Illinois, July 9-15, 2009, at McCormick Place West

History Section Dinner

Going to ALA Annual? Consider joining the History Section for our traditional Sunday night dinner. You don’t have to be an “active” member of the Section or even a member at all. Attending the History Section dinner is a good way to introduce yourself to the section, for the Section to introduce itself to you, and a way to get a feel for our activities. All are welcome. Don’t hesitate to bring a guest.

In Chicago we will be meeting on Sunday, July, at Italian Village Restaurants, 71 West Monroe Street.

If you plan to attend, contact David Lincove, Chair, History Section. Hope to see many of you there.

Friday, July 10, 2009

9 am - 5 pm
Sheraton Chicago, Chicago Ballroom X

Genealogy Preconference: “From Lincoln Logs to Linkin’ Families”

Both librarians serving genealogists and those interested in researching their own family history are invited to this preconference, sponsored by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

This event will hightlight newly available Illinois-specific genealogy resources as well as resources for African American family history research. Featured will be George Morgan, of “Genealogy Guys” fame and author of How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy; Curt Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center of Allen County (Ind.) Public Library; Jack Simpson, curator of local and family history at the Newberry Library in Chicago and co-creator of ChicagoAncestors.org; and Lorreto “Lou” Dennis Szucz, editor of the definitive genealogy tool The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.

This is a ticketed event. You do not have to attend the ALA Annual Conference to participate, and you do not have to be a librarian, but you do need to register. Advance registration (until May 22), RUSA member, $100; ALA member, $145; non-member, $220; student, $75.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

8 am - 10 am
Executive Committee I
Palmer House, Salon II

10.30 am - 12 noon
Genealogy and Local History Discussion Group
Chicago Hilton, Lake Erie Room

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Genealogy Preconference Planning Committee
Chicago Hilton, Conference Room 5D

4 pm - 5.30 pm
Historical Materials Committee
Sheraton Chicago, Parlor B

Sunday, July 12, 2009

8 am - 9.30 am
Genealogy Committee
Chicago Hilton, Conference Room 4A

10.30 am - 12 noon
“Unleashing the Undigitized: Promoting and Accessing Traditional Historical Resources in the Age of Google”
History Section Program (Instruction and Research Services Committee)
McCormick Place West, W-196c

1.30 pm - 3 pm
RUSA President’s Program; “From the Book and Beyond: Interdisciplinary Readers’ Advisory”
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand Ballroom A/B

4 pm - 5.30 pm
Local History Committee
Sheraton Chicago, Mississippi Room

6.30 pm -
History Section Dinner
Italian Village Restaurants, 71 West Monroe

Monday, July 13, 2009

8 am - 10 am
Executive Committee II
Sheraton Chicago, Ontario Room

   CODES Report

Outsourcing Collection Development: Collaboration Is the Key
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: McCormick Place West, Room: W-194b

Description:  Outsourcing collection development is common in many libraries today, but in 1997, it was a controversial topic. In what ways has outsourcing evolved?  As librarians have learned, selecting a vendor is just the beginning of the library/vendor relationship. How have the traditional tasks of collection development librarians changed?  Finally, what are the perceptions of the effectiveness of the new collaborative models developing between libraries and vendors?

Speakers: The panel presentation will consist of two librarians and two vendor representatives:
Kathleen Sullivan, Collection Development Coordinator, Phoenix Public Library
Cory Tucker, Head of Collection Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Martin Warzala, Director Collection Management & Technical Development, Baker & Taylor
Reeta Sinha, Senior Collection Development Manager, West, YBP Library Services

Intended Audience: All librarians!

Collection Development Policies and Assessment Committee
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Palmer House, Room: Marshfield Room

CODES/RSS

Dual Assignments Discussion Group
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Palmer House, Montrose 4

PLEASURE OR PAIN: Selecting  and Promoting Electronic Books
 
Libraries are increasingly collecting e-books. How are titles selected?  How are they promoted?  E-books offer lots of benefits – they are readily accessible outside of physical library spaces, their text is searchable, and they can be viewed on a variety of portable devices.  How are libraries implementing these new technologies?  Are people using them?  How will the Google Books impact e-book publishing, access, and the future of library collections?   

All registered attendees are welcome to join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion as we talk about what we’re doing now and where we’re going  with e-books.

   Messages from MARS

Please join us at the Virtual Reference Discussion Group (VRDG) at ALA Annual in Chicago!

RUSA MARS Virtual Reference Discussion Group (VRDG)
Saturday, July 11, 2009, 3:30-5:30pm
Sheraton Chicago (Co-Headquarters Hotel), Ballroom VII

Focus of VRDG session: "Using Web 2.0 to Strengthen External Support for VR Services"
Opening presenter:  Julie Strange, Statewide Coordinator, Maryland AskUsNow!

Join your colleagues in learning how Maryland AskUsNow! promotes its VR service and presents samples of question types through Twitter. Attendees can share their services' Web 2.0 communication strategies or gain ideas from other VR service providers. In addition, all topics related to VR are supported for discussion within table discussion groups.

Come and participate in the lively discussions. Hope to see you there!

The Virtual Reference Discussion Group is sponsored by the Reference and User Services Association [RUSA] Machine-Assisted Reference Section [MARS]. Please excuse any cross duplication. Questions about the VRDG can be directed to Alex Hodges -- hodges@american.edu.

   RSS

 For RSS information, see editor Cynthia Levine's RSS Report on the RSS web site.

   STARS Report 

Katharine Calhoun, Editor
calhoun@gatech.edu

From the Chair

Annual Conference in Chicago is just around the corner!  I’m happy to share with you the exciting array of activities that STARS has to offer in the windy city.   Check out the complete schedule of STARS Annual Conference activities
Here are a few highlights:

  • STARS Social, Friday, July 10th, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Exchequer Restaurant & Pub (226 S. Wabash Avenue).  Come out for drinks and pizza and catch up with colleagues at this popular local establishment.
  • The Secret Life of our Data:  Privacy in the Digital Age, Saturday, July 11th, a program exploring the challenges in maintaining patrons’ privacy and providing suggestions on ways to prevent violations of patrons’ trust, 1:30-3 p.m., at the McCormick Place West, W-474.
  • Resource Sharing in the 21st Century:  Beyond Books and Journals, a program examining the current state of resource sharing of digital and non-print formats, Sunday, July 12th, 1:30-3 p.m., at the McCormick Place West, W-190A.
  • Check out STARS co-sponsored programs.  ALCTS’ Collection Development 2.0:  The Changing Administration of Collection Development (Saturday, July 11th, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the McCormick Place West, W-181) and LLAMA’s Improving User Services through Open Source Solutions:  Potentials and Pitfalls (Sunday, July 12th, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the McCormick Place West, W-474).
  • STARS All-Committee meeting, during which most STARS committees will conduct their business meetings and report on their activities since Midwinter and their plans for the coming months, Saturday, July 11th, 8-10 a.m., at the Swissotel, Vevey 1-2.
  • ILL and Hot Topics Discussion Groups, Saturday, July 11th, 10:30-12 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. respectively, at the Swissotel, Montreux (details below).
  • Presentation of the Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian and STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Awards at the RUSA Awards Ceremony & Reception, Monday, July 13th, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency McCormick, Grand BR E/F.

Thanks to everyone who ran and who voted in the recent ALA elections.  The results for STARS offices are as follows:  Vice-Chair, Sherri Michaels; and Member-at-Large, 2009-2012, Tina Baich. 
Please mark your calendars for the many exciting STARS events planned for Chicago.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Stephanie Atkins, STARS Chair
satkins@wustl.edu

Committee Reports

Cooperative Remote Circulation

At Midwinter 2009 the RUSA-STARS/LLAMA-SASS Cooperative Remote Circulation Committee held a forum which was a conversation between vendors and librarians on Interoperability. Since some of the participants expressed a desire to continue this discussion, our meeting at Annual will be a follow-up forum with breaking news – there are some very exciting developments regarding NCIP!

Returning to our forum this time are Rob Walsh (Envisionware) and Gail Wanner (Sirsi/Dynix). Other participants are Jennifer Bowen (University of Rochester), a team member/developer of the XC project (XC NCIP toolkit); and Peter Collins, the IT Project Manager at the University of Pennsylvania.

The meeting is Sunday, July 12th, from 10:30-12:00 p.m. at the Sheraton, Parlor F.

We think this is a meeting librarians will not want to miss!

Nada Vaughn, Co-Chair
nvaughn@wustl.edu

Interlibrary Loan

Mark your calendar to join the Interlibrary Loan Committee at our program Resource Sharing in the 21st Century:  Beyond Books and Journals on Sunday, July 12th, from 1:30-3 p.m., in room W-190A of McCormick Place West. Our speakers include: Kyle Banerjee, Digital Services Program Manager of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, who will discuss their experiences with consortial borrowing using OCLC Navigator; Maureen O'Brien Dermott, Assistant Director, Library Access Services at Dickinson College, who will talk about Dickinson’s experience using Netflix in Interlibrary Loan and their decision to abandon it in favor of alternative options; and Rich Rosy, Vice President & General Manager, Institutional Solutions at Ingram Digital, who will speak about the company’s efforts to license e-books for ILL through CISTI and the difficulties and barriers involved from the publisher’s perspective.

Also, all are welcome to attend our meeting on Saturday, July 11th, 8-10 a.m., at the Swissotel Vevey 1-2, where we’ll be finalizing some projects that have been underway, including creating a comprehensive AV lenders list that can be easily shared among ILL community members and easily edited and maintained.  Kudos to Sue Kaler for her hard work on this!

Laurie Preston, Chair
lpreston@rmc.edu

International ILL

The International ILL Committee’s activities since the 2009 Midwinter meeting in Denver include the following:

  • Tina Baich, Tim Jiping Zou, Heather Weltin, and Zheng Ye Yang, completed a study of the 2007 STARS International ILL Survey results and wrote an article on behalf of the Committee, “Lending and Borrowing across Borders:  Issues and Challenges with International Resource Sharing.”  The article will appear in the fall 2009 issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly;
  • Tina Baich will give a presentation during the ILL Discussion Group’s open session to share some findings from the International ILL Survey; 
  • David Atkins, former Committee member who contributed to the survey report, will attend the 2009 Interlending and Document Supply conference in Hanover, Germany in October on behalf of the group, seeking to start a meaningful dialog with international libraries on the issues identified from the survey;
  • The committee is currently working on the 2010 Annual program, International Interlibrary Lending and Borrowing:  Getting Started and Moving Forward .

 

The Executive Report of the 2007 STARS International ILL Survey is posted on RUSA’s website at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/sections/stars/section/internationill/intill.cfm.

Tim Zou, Chair
tzou@uark.edu

Legislation and Licensing

The Legislation and Licensing Committee will present a program at ALA in Chicago – The Secret Life of Our Data:  Privacy in the Digital Age.  It will be held on Saturday, July 11th, 1:30-3:30 p.m., McCormick Place West, W-474.

Sarah McHone-Chase, Chair
mchonechase@niu.edu

Membership

The STARS Membership Committee is pleased to announce that the RUSA-STARS Happy Hour at ALA Annual will take place on Friday, July 10th, at 6:30 p.m. We'll be meeting at Exchequer (226 S. Wabash Avenue) for authentic Chicago-style pizza, drinks, and fun! It's buy-your-own for food & drinks, but the company is free!  Email ndethloff@uh.edu with any questions.

Nora Dethloff, Acting Chair
ndethloff@uh.edu

Research & Statistics

The Research & Statistics Committee has been approved for a pre-conference program for ALA Annual in 2010.  Our working title thus far is  Counting Apples or Oranges:  Defining/Setting Standards for Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Statistics.  We will have several speakers on collecting and using statistics.  We hope to build on the program the committee organized for the 2008 Annual in Anaheim.  This will be our main activity for the upcoming year.

Johnny Johnson, Chair
johnny.johnson@okstate.edu

Discussion Group Reports

Hot Topics

The Hot Topics Discussion Group will be meeting at ALA in Chicago on Saturday, July 11th, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Swissotel, Montreux.  Topics to be discussed include free ebooks, purchase on demand, charging for books versus charging for journals, gathering statistics to reflect our services, and full text resources on the web. We will also elect a new Chair-Elect at the meeting.

Margaret Bean, Chair
mbean@uoregon.edu

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group will be meeting at ALA Annual from 10:30-12 p.m. at the Swissotel, Montreux. During the meeting we will hold an election for the 2010-2011 Chair-Elect. In addition, we will have an International Interlibrary Loan presentation by Tina Baich, Assistant Librarian of Interlibrary Services and Bibliographic & Metadata Services at IUPUI University Library. Finally, if time permits, we will have a discussion on several resource sharing issues: ILL Record Retention, Rethinking Resource Sharing Forum IV, and anything else that comes to mind.

We hope you can find time to join us!

Heather Weltin, Chair
hweltin@library.wisc.edu