2015 ALA Annual Conference

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June 25-30, 2015 in San Francisco, CA

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RUSA President's Program:

It's Complicated: Navigating the dynamic landscapes of digital literacy, collapsing contexts, and big data.
Join RUSA for a thoughtful discussion on the intersection of technology and society with keynote speaker and technology expert, danah boyd. Ms. boyd is a Visiting Professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, a faculty affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Center, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of Data & Society Research Institute and author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 3014 - 3016 West 





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RUSA 2015 Preconferences

BRASS Preconference: Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs
What are common misconceptions about intellectual property among entrepreneurs? Two IP attorneys will discuss disputes and challenges startups are facing. Librarians and entrepreneurs will also get tips from experts on effective patent and trademark searching, learn about Patent and Trademark Resource Centers, and get introduced to best practices in integrating your library into the local innovation ecosystem, including building partnerships with local organizations and collaboration with the university commercialization office.. Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. Register here.

  • Alex Feerst, Attorney, Durie Tangri LLP, Genevieve Rosloff, Attorney, Genevieve Rosloff, Esq. and Highway1 Incubat
  • John Schlipp, Associate Professor & Intellectual Property Librarian, Intellectual Property, Awareness Center (IPAC), Northern Kentucky University Steely Library
  • Linda Kocis, Intellectual Property Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
  • Cynthia (Cindy) Elliott, Assistant Librarian, Main Library A206, University of Arizona
  • Jason Dewland, Assistant Librarian, Main Library A207, University of Arizona
Moderator: Natasha Arguello, Business Research Librarian, Chair of BRASS Education Committee, University of Texas at San Antonio
Facilitator: Ashley E. Faulkner, Business Librarian, Assistant Professor, West Campus Library, University Libraries, Texas A&M University

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2005 West

Cost: Members $149, Non Members $169

STARS Preconference: ILL Data Storm - Practical Assessment
Using data to inform decisions in a library is paramount in today’s world of tight budgets.  Managers, Directors, Deans, and Provosts want numbers to prove that a service is beneficial.  Several resource sharing professionals will speak to how they collect and use data, whether to improve services, influence collection decisions, or justify their existence.  At the end of the program, attendees will walk away with ideas about how to assess their ILL data for improvements in their department.  Time will be allotted for small groups to discuss their experiences and exchange ideas.  Librarians, managers, and staff involved in developing or using resource sharing and interlibrary loan data, will really enjoy this preconference. Sponsored by the Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA. Register here.


  • Heidi Nance, University of Washington, Head, ILL and Document DeliveryCollette Mak, University of Notre Dame, Outreach and Scholarly Communications Librarian
  • Tom Bruno, Yale University, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves
  • Krista Higham, Millersville University, Access Services Librarian
  • Sue Kaler, Massachusetts Library System, ILL Manager
  • Micquel Little, Claremont University, Director of User Services and Resource Sharing
  • Kerri Goergen-Doll, Oregon State University, Resource Acquisition and Sharing Director

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2000 West

Cost: Members $139, Non Members $159

Genealogical Librarianship Symposium
An interactive day learning and networking for all librarians serving genealogists. Leaders from the library and genealogical industry will cover a variety of topics including strategic planning, partnerships, and serving diverse populations. Luncheon provided by our sponsor, ProQuest.

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Location: Parc 55 San Francisco, Market Street.

Cost:This preconference is free, but you must register here: http://bit.ly/1KxFOtQ

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Signature Events

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.

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM, Location: Westin St. Francis, Tower Salon A & B

Speaker: Ann Brown

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Mycroft Holmes
"How Sherlock Holmes Made Me a Better Basketball Player"  

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction - Keynote speaker; best-selling author, actor, and NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
Drum roll please . . . The two books chosen from the shortlist of six as winners of the 2015 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 fourth year for these awards, ALA’s only single-book awards for adult trade fiction and nonfiction. Previous speakers from prior years have included award-winning crime writer Karin Slaughter, and the selection committee chair Nancy Pearl, and ALA leadership. Co-sponsored by Booklist and RUSA.  Add to my schedule. Purchase individual tickets. Purchase a table.

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015, Time: 8:00 – 10:00 PM, Location: Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom

Individual Pricing:


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If you are a member of RUSA use special code RUSA2015 to receive the price of $25

Table reservations will open late February and will remain open until mid-May. Stay Tuned!

Each table can accommodate up to 10 individuals and ensures that attendees will enjoy this exciting evening with their friends, colleagues and fellow book lovers. The table reservation form can be found here.

Maroon Sponsor ($750 per table)

  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint

Gold Sponsor ($1,000 per table)

  • 10 tickets to the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony and dessert reception
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony PowerPoint
  • Sponsorship recognition in award ceremony program
  • Pre-event acknowledgement in Booklist’s June REaD ALERT newsletter and the June issue of RUSA’s newsletter RUSA Update

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 the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA. 

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 8:00 – 10:00 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, West Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor


  • Katherine Addison for Goblin Emperor (Tor Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Fantasy category.
  • Amy Belding Brown for Flight of the Sparrow (New American Library, 2014)shortlist selection for the 2015 Reading List’s Historical Fiction category. 
  • Stuart Rojstaczer for The Mathematician’s Shiva (Penguin, 2014), Honorable Mention for the 2015 Sophie Brody Medal for Jewish Literature.
  • Ashley Weaver for Murder at the Brightwell (Minotaur Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Mystery category.
  • Jo Walton for My Real Children (Tor Books, 2014), winner of the 2015 Reading List’s Women’s Fiction category.

Stay tuned for more to be announced!

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. Sponsored by RUSA. Add to my schedule

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM, Location: Westin St. Francis, California West BR

Business As Usual:

Barring executive sessions, all of the following meetings are open and any individual registered for the 2015 Annual Conference may sit in on the meeting.

Board of Directors Meeting I and II
RUSA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the 2015 Annual Conference may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an 'open forum' where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the RUSA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. Hope to see you there!  Add to my schedule

Board I – Saturday, June 27, Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Continental 2 
Board II – Monday, June, Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 200 - 212 South

Executive Committee Meeting
Meeting of the Executive Committee where discussions will consist of current and planned activities of the RUSA Division. This is an open meeting and all registered attendees are welcome. Come meet some of RUSA’s key players: President, Joe Thompson; President-Elect/Vice-President, Liane Taylor; Past President, Kathleen Kern; Secretary, Erin Rushton; Councilor, Jennifer C. Boettcher and RUSA Executive Director, Susan Hornung. Add to my schedule

Date: Friday, June 26, Time: 1:30 – 4:00 PM, Location: Westin St. Francis, Kent Room

Budget and Finance Meeting
Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to RUSA’s budget. Add to my schedule

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Location: Westin St. Francis, Olympic Room

RUSA Chairs Orientation
This meeting for RUSA committee chairs will cover the many resources available to them within RUSA to help carry out their responsibilities successfully – questions encouraged!

Date: Monday, June 29, Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 200 - 212 South

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Exclusive and Valuable RUSA Programs:

Smart investing@your library®: Actively Engaging Your Audience
Smart investing@your library ® aligns with the emerging, transitional role of library services in communities. Libraries across the country are meeting the need and growing demand for financial literacy education and resources. Learn about replicable model programs and materials that take an active learning approach to personal finance.  We'll take you beyond the workshop series and share innovative approaches that attract audiences and build sustainable financial literacy programs. Add to my schedule.


  • Tracy Delgado-La Stella, Middle Country Public Library, NY
  • Sophie Young, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, AL
  • Ryan Stacy, Monroe County Public Library, IN
  • Ashley Barrineau, Virginia Beach Public Library, VA
  • Sheila Burnett, San Diego Public Library, CA

Moderator: Margaret Monsour

Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015. Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Location: Moscone Convention Center, 3001 West 

The Readers' Advisory Research and Trends Forum - Reading into the Future: Tips and Tools for Staying on Top of the Book World
The Reader's Advisory Research and Trends Forum explores the cutting edge of Reader’s Advisory (RA) services, bringing noted experts from a wide range of fields together to explore the future of reading and the ways librarians connect readers to their next favorite books. Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA.


  • Stephanie Anderson, Head of Reader Services, Darien Library (CT)
  • Nora Rawlinson, Co-founder and Editorof EarlyWord
  • David Wright, Reader Services Librarian, The Seattle Public Library

Moderator: Stephen Sposato, Manager, Content Curation, Chicago Public Library

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center2016 West, Add to my schedule

Whacking the Weeds in the Library: Deaccessioning Print and Digital Materials in the 21st Century and Beyond
This program will include a public, academic, and community college librarian to discuss strategies for weeding/deaccessioning materials in their libraries and how to do so in ways that make providing user services more effective. Sponsored by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA.

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2012 West, Add to my schedule

Connecting Communities: Documenting and Sharing Asian American Heritage
This program will be a panel discussion about Asian American Records and Local History. Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and the History Section (HS) of RUSA. 


  • Michelle Caswell, Co-Founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at University of California-- Los Angeles.
  • Florante Ibanez, Author, Manager of Library Computer Services at William M. Rains Library, Loyola Law School
  • Shelley Fisher Fishkin, The Joseph S. Atha Professor in Humanities, Stanford University, Co-Director of Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.
Moderator: Jenna Makowski,  Asian-American Products Editor, Alexander Street Press

Date: Saturday, June 27, Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2004 West, Add to my schedule

The Core: A Year (Or More!) In, How Does This Affect Librarians?
Find out the answers to these timely questions:

  • How has the Common Core impacted our jobs, including outreach, collection development decisions (including budgeting), information literacy strategies, and workload as a whole?
  • Has the Common Core increased information literacy/instruction portion of our jobs? 
  • Have libraries developed specific working strategies as a result of the common core? 
  • What are some recommendations or caveats to a new librarian not experienced in the Common Core? 
  • Do teachers work differently with libraries? How has that impacted the librarian / teacher relationship? 
  • How has the Common Core impacted students' levels of information literacy? 
  • Do you think the Common Core will better prepare students for college level information-based research?

Sponsored by the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA.

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2003 West, Add to my schedule

21st 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 the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA.

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2014 WestAdd to my schedule

Acquisitions, Collection Development, Electronic Resources, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Oh My! Connecting Users to What They Want!
A lightning round session covering the following topics: 

  • How demand driven acquisition of physical and electronic books affect interlibrary loan  
  • What Occam’s Reader can do to allow interlibrary loan of electronic books  
  • Outline the changes made by one Interlibrary Loan department to adapt to the current ILL environment  
  • How patron ILL requests influence collection development

Sponsored by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources (STARS) of RUSA.


  • Jennifer Duncan, Head of Collection Development, Utah State University
  • Teresa Hazen, Technical Services Librarian, University of Arizona
  • Linda Dols, Manager, Resource Sharing and Streaming Services, University of Arizona
  • Ryan Litsey, Occam’s Reader Project Manager, Assistant Librarian, Document Delivery, Texas Tech University

Date: Sunday, June 28, Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2002 West, Add to my schedule

Not Elsewhere Classified:  Different Approaches to Researching Emerging Industries
Find out how librarians teach business students and entrepreneurs the research techniques for a budding industry or market. Learn how to help our clients get ahead of an emerging industry or with a new idea.  Experts will enlighten participants on how to locate and evaluate information on leading-edge industries, assess markets, and lead your clients in making strategic decisions when their business crosses traditional NAICS code boundaries or is part of a new or soon-to-be existing field. Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.

Speaker: Laura Young, Founding Partner, and CEO of Bizologie


Date: Monday, June 29, Time: 8:00 - 10:00 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2022 WestAdd to my schedule

Advocating for a Library Future
How do we protect our libraries for future generations? Despite overwhelming community support for libraries, budget cuts have reduced hours and services; prompted layoffs, hiring freezes, and deprofessionalization; and threatened collections and locations. Learn how library workers have united with patrons and the community to preserve adequately staffed libraries and expand essential services in a “more with less” environment. Sponsored by RUSA.


  • Axel E. Borg, Vice President for Legislation, University Council-American Federation of Teachers 
  • Miki Goral, Secretary-Treasurer, UC-AFT ; Vice-President, California Federation of Teachers, University Council - American Federation of Teachers 
  • Bob Muscat, Executive Director, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • Andrea Prebys-Williams, Executive Assistant, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • Jennifer Dorning, Department for Professional Employees, AFLCIO
  • Aliqae Geraci, ILR Research Librarian and Assessment Coordinator , Cornell University Library

Date: Monday, June 29, Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Location: Moscone Convention Center, 2002 West, Add to my schedule

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