2014 ALA Annual Conference

June 26-July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV

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Registration is now open at www.alaannual.org

RUSA is hosting several preconference workshops in conjunction with the Annual Conference.

Event details and pricing are at the bottom of this page.

Themes and trending issues: 21st century librarian, evolving and transforming reference services, Literary Tastes author panel, 3rd Annual Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Preconference registration does not require conference registration--join us for any of our preconferences without conference registration by selecting "Ticketed Events and Preconferences Only" as your registration type.

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Noteworthy RUSA Events

RUSA Awards Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party
Hang out with RUSA colleagues and celebrate this year's award winners at the RUSA Reception and Volunteer Appreciation Party, scheduled for Sunday, June 29, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Caesars Palace, Rooms Florentine II-IV. All conference attendees all invited to this event!

RUSA 101: Network, Get Oriented, Get Involved
If you’re new to RUSA or a longtime member looking for an opportunity to connect with other members and ways to get involved, make sure to put RUSA 101 on your calendar! Spend an hour with us on Friday from 3-4p.m. before heading off to the opening of the exhibit floor. Sponsored by all RUSA Sections.
Speaker: Ann Brown
Friday, June 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room S222

RUSA President's Program:
Our Values, Ourselves: Examining Our Values and What Others Value about Us
Are our own values and self-perceptions interfering with providing services that our patron communities both need and want? Are we on the right track or off the rails? Join us for a thoughtful debate, featuring a diverse group of speakers including Wayne Bivens-Tatum (librarian and author of the book Libraries and the Enlightenment as well as the weblog Academic Librarian), Wayne Wiegand (library historian, academic, and author of several books, including Main Street Public Library), Lisa Carlucci Thomas (librarian, consultant, and founder of Design Think Do), and Jeanne Goodrich (Executive Director of Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District).
Saturday, June 28, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Las Vegas Convention Center, Rooms N255/257

Speakers: Jeanne Goodrich, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Philosophy & Religious Studies Librarian, Princeton University; Creator & Author, Academic Librarian Blog; Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Librarian & Consultant, Design Think Do Wayne Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year  
Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their work and the craft of writing, while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program.
Sunday, June29 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N258
Speakers:
 Daniel J. Brown author of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Penguin); Tessa Dare author of Any Duchess Will Do (Avon); V.E. Schwab author of Vicious (Tor); Chris Buehlman author of The Necromancer’s House (Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin). Sponsored by CODES.
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Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

Drum roll please . . . The two books chosen from the shortlist of six as winners of the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced at this event, an Annual Conference favorite since it was introduced in 2012. The announcement and presentation will be followed by a dessert and drinks reception where attendees can mingle with colleagues, authors, editors, and ALA leaders.
 
This is the third year for these awards, ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. Speakers on the program include award-winning crime writer Karin Slaughter, other authors or their representatives, the selection committee chair Nancy Pearl, and ALA leadership. Cosponsored by Booklist and RUSA.
 
Saturday, June 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Caesars Palace, Rooms Octavius 05-08

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RUSA 2014 Preconferences

Preconference advanced registration ends June 20th!
Add this event to your conference registration *or* you can register for this event without attending the ALA
Annual Conference (Reg. Type: Ticketed Events and Preconferences Only).
Registration Rates: $199, RUSA member; $219, ALA member; $259, non-member. $149, ALA retired and student members.
Register here!

Friday
How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs
Ready to maximize the value of your library to local entrepreneurs? This full-day workshop will address common information needs of entrepreneurs, including locating information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both “Main Street” and technology start-ups, and which free or premium resources to use. Speakers will also discuss existing best practices in local small business support along with examples of collaboration with entrepreneurship faculty. Participants will learn what constitutes acceptable use of subscription business e-resources by entrepreneurs and how to work with vendors to avoid infringement claims. Sponsored by BRASS.
Friday, June 27, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Ms. Hyun-Duck Chung, MISt, Information Specialist, Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 
Helen Kula, MISt, Data Product Manager, Data Catalyst, MaRS Discovery District and University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
Christina Kim, MISt, Information Specialist, Market Intelligence, MaRS Discovery District, and University of Toronto Libraries. Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
Posie Aagaard, Assistant Dean for Collections and Curriculum Support, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas;
Jared Hoppenfeld, BBA, MLIS Assistant Professor/Business Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, TX;
Elizabeth Malafi, MSLIS,Coordinator, Adult Service and the Miller Business Resource Center, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY.
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History Genealogy Preconference
This all-day preconference addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with genealogical patrons, volunteer, scholars, or educators. Nationally known specialists will discuss everything from Ancestors Roadshows to personalized research, webinar outreach, new online offerings, and making the financial case for genealogical librarianship. Luncheon will be provided by our sponsor, ProQuest.
Friday, June 27, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM

This preconference is a free event. To register, please fill out the form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7HHNDJP.

Reference Interview

Reference Interview is a comprehensive course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. You will learn why people do not ask for what they really want, and explore the psychological barriers to asking for help. You will also discover how to work with your users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions. This preconference covers techniques for in-person, telephone, and chat/IM reference services, and will be valuable for staff at any level of experience.
 
Reference Interview is tailored for support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians and those librarians who want to brush up on their interview skills.

Friday, June 27, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean at California State University, Fresno
Nicolette Sosulski, Business Librarian, Portage District Library
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RUSA101: Network, Get Oriented, Get Involved
If you’re new to RUSA or a longtime member looking for an opportunity to connect with other members and ways to get involved, make sure to put RUSA 101 on your calendar! Spend an hour with us on Friday from 3-4p.m. before heading off to the opening of the exhibit floor.
Speaker: Elizabeth Stephan, Coordinator of Instruction/CBE Librarian/Assistant Professor
Friday, June 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Las Vegas Convention Center, Room S222

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RUSA Programs

Click on the event name to access the event listing in the ALA Conference Scheduler in Connect, where you will find the hotel and room name.
Locations are subject to change--any updates will appear in the Conference Scheduler

Programs are open to conference registrants. Register for the conference here.

RUSA President's Program:
Our Values, Ourselves:  Examining Our Values and What Others Value about Us
Are our own values and self-perceptions interfering with providing services that our patron communities both need and want? Are we on the right track or off the rails? Join us for a thoughtful debate, featuring a diverse group of speakers including Wayne Bivens-Tatum (librarian and author of the book Libraries and the Enlightenment as well as the weblog Academic Librarian), Wayne Wiegand (library historian, academic, and author of several books, including Main Street Public Library), Lisa Carlucci Thomas (librarian, consultant, and founder of Design Think Do), and Jeanne Goodrich (Executive Director of Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District).
Saturday, June 28, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Speakers: Jeanne Goodrich, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District
Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Philosophy & Religious Studies Librarian, Princeton University; Creator & Author, Academic Librarian Blog;
Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Librarian & Consultant, Design Think Do
Wayne Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University

We have an excellent lineup of programs set for this conference. Check them out here!

 


Exclusive and Valuable RUSA Programs

Saturday
Turning Books into a Cool New Tool: RA Marketing in the Age of Maker Spaces
Maker spaces and 3D printers are hip and libraries are using them to ensure that they remain relevant and are perceived as keeping up with the latest trends. One of the trends that have not received much attention, however, is the fact that books are still our brand and reading is the main reason citizens view the library as valuable and continue to support it. Does the key to public library success lie in adopting new technologies or in revitalizing the one that has been at the heart of our services for more than 100 years? Join library marketing expert Tina Thomas of Edmonton Public Library and Duncan Smith from Novelist and find out at this program which argues that the key to our future is contained in our past. Sponsored by CODES.
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Speakers: Tina Thomas, Edmonton Public Library, Director: Marketing, Communications and Fund Development Division

 

Adding Value in Your Community
Smart Investing @your library: Learn how financial literacy programs are increasing libraries social capital. By leveraging existing programming and integrating this service innovation, libraries add value that reach across all ages and economic levels.
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Speakers: Brian Barrett, Head of Adult Services, Carmel Clay Public Library
Robert Ganem, Senior Program Director, Grants, FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Carrie Herrmann, Public Service Coordinator, Boone County Public Library
Lisa Liu, Children's Librarian, Santa Clara County Library District, Saratoga Library
Dan Rutherford, Senior Content Specialist, Office of Financial Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Margaret Monsour, Program Director, ALA

 

Code4ILL: How to Grow Your Own Innovation for Resource Sharing
Emerging technologies in ILL and Document Delivery now permit an unprecedented amount of scripting and coding development in libraries, but as resource sharing librarians we've only taken advantage of this opportunity in isolated pockets. Code4ILL is an attempt to showcase what our colleagues are up to, share out best hacks, and inspire attendees to take the spirit of innovation back to their own resource sharing operation. Our panel will feature speakers from three different resource sharing initiatives: Mark Sullivan, Executive Director of the IDS Project, will talk about the IDS Project, a nationally-recognized resource sharing initiative comprising over 70 libraries in New York State; Steelsen Smith, Fulfillment Systems Specialist from the Yale IT Enterprise Systems Group, will speak about the experience of being an embedded resource sharing guru in the Yale Library IT department; and Ryan Litsey (Document Delivery Librarian at Texas Tech University), Kenny Ketner (Software Development Manager at Texas Tech University), Joni Blake (Executive Director of the Greater Western Library Alliance), and Naomi Chow (Interlibrary Loan Librarian at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa) will talk about the Occam’s Reader Project, the first major collaboration between academic libraries and a major publisher in e-book resource sharing. Sponsored by STARS.
Saturday, June 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speakers: Joni M. Blake, Executive Director, GWLA,
Naomi Chow, Interlibrary Loan Librarian, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Kenny Ketner, Software Development Manager, Texas Tech University
Ryan Litsey, Document Delivery Librarian, Texas Tech University Steelsen Smith, Fulfillment Systems Specialist, Enterprise Systems Group
Mark Sullivan, Executive Director, IDS Project, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo

 

New Directions for Data Visualization in Library Public Services
A wide array of new instructional technologies has joined an increased understanding of the diversity of learning styles to foment new forms of teaching and information sharing. Data visualization is increasingly used in higher education and libraries to organize information, or provide new and innovative ways of disseminating data and learning objectives. The speakers at this event will provide further detail and background on the topic of data visualization, as well as examples of their use in various projects and settings. Sponsored by MARS.
Saturday, June 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Speaker: Josh Boyer, Head, User Experience, North Carolina State University
Dr. Jackie Wirz, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Science Research Specialist, Oregon Health & Science University Library
Angela Zoss, Data Visualization Coordinator, Duke University

 

Finding Dead People: Genealogy and Local History Resources for the ILL Practitioner
This program will provide a brief overview of core tools of genealogical research including census records, county histories, family books, and local newspapers. Participants will then learn how to locate these materials in online repositories such as FamilySearch and American Memory and in major genealogical centers. The program will also introduce services offered by local historical and genealogical societies, and participants will learn to look beyond libraries as potential suppliers. Sponsored by STARS.
Saturday, June 28, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speakers: Amber Case, ILL Borrowing Lead, University of Washington Libraries
Cherie Weible, Head of Central Access Services, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

RUSA President's Program:
Our Values, Ourselves: Examining Our Values and What Others Value about Us
Are our own values and self-perceptions interfering with providing services that our patron communities both need and want? Are we on the right track or off the rails? Join us for a thoughtful debate, featuring a diverse group of speakers including Wayne Bivens-Tatum (librarian and author of the book Libraries and the Enlightenment as well as the weblog Academic Librarian), Wayne Wiegand (library historian, academic, and author of several books, including Main Street Public Library), Lisa Carlucci Thomas (librarian, consultant, and founder of Design Think Do), and Jeanne Goodrich (Executive Director of Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District).
Saturday, June 28, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Speakers: Jeanne Goodrich, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library District
Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Philosophy & Religious Studies Librarian, Princeton University; Creator & Author, Academic Librarian Blog;
Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Librarian & Consultant, Design Think Do
Wayne Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus, Florida State University

 

Sunday
Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year
Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their work and the craft of writing, while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program. Sponsored by CODES.
Sunday, June 29, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Speakers: Daniel J. Brown author of The Boys in the Boat (Penguin)

 

20th Annual Reference Research Forum
The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. Sponsored by RSS.
Sunday, June 29, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Speakers: Curt Friehs, Business Librarian, SUNY-College at Old Westbury Library
Jason Kaloudis, Access Services Librarian, SUNY-College at Old Westbury Library
Ixchel M. Faniel, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Researcher, OCLC Research
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research
Kendra Parson, Diversity Fellow, OCLC Research
Jenny S. Bossaller, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Missouri
Guinevere Lawson, Student of Library and Information Science, University of Missouri

 

The Nevada Test Site Project: Bringing Primary Resources to Researchers
The Nevada Test Site Oral History Project, developed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Library, is a project dedicated to those ‘affiliated with and affected by’ the ‘nuclear proving ground’ in Nevada. The interviews and subsequent transcription and digitization of 335 hours of material has allowed the digital collections department at UNLV to provide scholars from across the world access to truly unique primary source materials. This presentation will focus on the creation and curation of the project, and how the researchers involved in digitization created a usable resource for researchers of all skill levels. Sponsored by the History Section.
Sunday, June 29, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Speaker: Cory Lampert, Head, Digital Collections, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
The announcement and presentation of the third Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction, will be followed by a dessert and drinks reception. The two books chosen as winners from the shortlist of six will be announced. Cosponsored by Booklist and RUSA.
Saturday, June 29, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Speakers include the authors (or their representatives), selection committee chair/program moderator Nancy Pearl, and ALA leadership.

 

Monday
Mad Men: The Business of Advertising
Many companies spend millions on advertising their brands and products, yet data can be hard to find. Specialized sources, available at many large libraries, focus on these statistics. The information they contain can be used by business students, researchers, or the general public. In addition, media planning, a component of a company's marketing plan will be covered. Entrepreneurs need information on placing ads (and on how much it costs); reference librarians assisting these users will find the content of the program very useful. Sponsored by BRASS.
Monday, June 30, Continental breakfast, 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM, (sponsored by S&P Capital IQ)
Program: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Speakers: Wendy Diamond, Business and Economics Librarian, California State University, Chico
Dale Skarl, Search Engine Marketing Manager, MGM Resorts International, Internet Marketing & Operations

 

Labor Solidarity in a “Right-to-Work” State
The rich labor history of Las Vegas will serve as the setting to understand the impact “right-to-work” laws have on the workforce. This program will provide librarians with information they can use to help their patrons and community members understand the impact of “right-to-work” laws. Co-sponsored by the AFL-CIO/ALA Library Service to Labor Groups commitee
Monday, June 30, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Speakers: James P. Kraft, Professor of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa Dan'l Cook, President, Nevada State AFL/CIO
 

RUSA's Discussion Groups: Join Us in the Conversation in Las Vegas!

Engage in powerful, solution-oriented member communities through a variety of discussion groups where librarians and library workers can come together to share ideas, programs, best practices, trends, stay up to date on emerging issues, and network with the best in the field. Join us at any of RUSA’s Discussion Groups. Go here for a complete list.

RUSA Discussion Groups are open to all. Please join us in the conversation!

 

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