RUSA Programs

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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

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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; a Novelist and find out at this program which argues that the key to our future is contained in our past.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, 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.
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.
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