Working with RUSA
RUSA has a number of tools to help you better understand the workings of the Association and guide you through the process of working with RUSA.
Hold virtual committee meetings by chatting online, posting documents, sending messages to your group, setting up an online poll/vote, or creating calendars with milestone dates. These are just some of the ways you can use ALA Connect to meet virtually and get organized around your group or committee. Get started with these simple instructions to access Connect here. View the list of RUSA committees' Connect workspaces here. You may also contact the RUSA office for assistance in getting started in Connect. See also Virtual Meetings below.
RUSA has a number of awards honoring professional achievement and outstanding fiction and reference works.See the listing here. Resources for the RUSA and Section award committee members may be found here .
Open Meetings Policy: Board, Committee and Section Meetings
In accordance with ALA’s open meeting policy (7.4.4), "All meetings of the American Library Association and its units are open to all members and to members of the press. Registration requirements apply. Closed meetings may be held only for the discussion of matters affecting the privacy of individuals or institutions." Meeting announcements are made on the online discussion lists, on the homepage tab for ALA Connect, and in Connect workspaces. Go here for a list of all the RUSA Committees Connect workspaces. See the online discussion groups here: enter RUSA or the Section Code (BRASS, CODES, HISTORY, MARS, RSS, or STARS) in the search field to see all of the RUSA lists.
Bylaws of the Association
Charges and rosters for the RUSA Board of Directors, Committees, Task Forces, Discussion Groups, and Sections.
RUSA offers free conference calls for committee work. There is a limited budget for these calls, so be sure to book your call early in the fiscal year. To reserve a time and day see "Requesting Use of a RUSA Toll-Free Teleconference Line" here.
If the RUSA conference call service is unavailable, members may wish to use a "free" conference call service as needed for virtual business meetings, such as www.freeconferenceall.com or www.freeconferencecalling.com . Keep in mind that every participant who dials in pays for their own regular long distance charges (or minutes if they're on a cell phone), but there is no other fee or charge. You may usually record and store recordings without charge using these services.
A listing of RUSA staff members with areas of responsibility and complete contact information.
List of RUSA discussion lists to keep you informed about important issues within the Association and the reference field. Enter RUSA or the Section Code (BRASS, CODES, HISTORY, MARS, RSS, or STARS) in the search field to see the RUSA lists.
For an excellent overview of e-participaton with practical resources and virtual participation tools, please refer to this excellent wiki created by LITA, the library and information technology division of ALA. For more information on how to set up a virtual meeting for a RUSA committee, see Virtual Meetings below.
The complete Guide to Policies and Procedures for RUSA, covering committees, chapters, sections, appointments, awards, and more.
Brief summaries of meetings may be posted to the ALA Connect Workspace for your group. See the list of Committee workspaces in Connect here: http://ala.org/rusa/volunteer/mtghighlights
Information to assist members serving on RUSA and Section Nominating Committees is available in ALA Connect at: RUSA and Section Nominations .
Skype is a software application/IP telephone service provider that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls between users within the Skype service are free. Calls to people with landlines or cell phones who are not within Skype can be made for a fee using a prepaid account or a flat-fee annual subscription. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing.
RUSA currently offers virtual meeting software, BlackBoard Collaborate, for RUSA committees. To set up a virtual meeting room and reserve a time and day for your meeting, go here. Moderator training and features such as online polls, recording of sessions, and chats are included.
Volunteer, or refer your friends and colleagues as volunteers, for RUSA’s many fun and worthwhile committees.