Professional Development

RUSA holds online classes and events to further your knowledge and career skills.

Online Classes

Genealogy, Business Reference, the Reference Interview, and Marketing Basics are among the online classes RUSA offers. Learn about the different courses offered and how to take them here.

Submit a Proposal for a Webinar or Online course:

Webinars: Submit a webinar proposal here.

RUSA webinars are an opportunity for librarians to infuse their year with professional development they can conveniently—and affordably—pursue from the comfort of their home or office. Webinars will take place throughout the year and will cover topics relevant to a broad range of librarians, library staff and library supporters.One of the roles of the RUSA Professional Development Committee is to solicit and evaluate proposals for professional development webinars that support excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers’ advisory, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library.

The RUSA Professional Development Committee welcomes proposals for webinars of one to three hours. The Committee recommends 60 to 90 minutes as ideal.

Successful proposals will:

Show plans for presentations that are 60-90 minutes in length.
Show how the presentation addresses a topic either of interest to RUSA members, or represents an area of RUSA’s expertise that benefits other types of librarians. This may include but is not limited to: reference basics; reference for specialized audiences; research, trends and hot topics in readers advisory; information literacy; community partnerships; outreach; partnerships between different types of libraries; government data and related resources; library spaces and assessing future needs; copyright in the digital age; collection development; special collections; tips and tutorials for relevant tech tools; standards and guidelines; genealogy; advocating for reference; resource development; fundraising; marketing; job searching and related resources.

All webinars will be hosted by RUSA and delivered using the current webinar software in use by RUSA.

Online Courses: (information coming soon)



At Annual and Midwinter Conferences, RUSA holds ticketed preconference events as well as programs included with attendance. See upcoming events here.