For immediate release | December 6, 2011

RUSA webinar prepares you to enhance library services with screencasting tools

CHICAGO — The next offering of the popular webinar “Introduction to Screencasting for Online Tutorials and Reference” will take place from 1 - 2:30 p.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 16.

This 90-minute webinar, which is hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), will introduce the screencasting tools and best practices for creating online videos for training, instruction or reference. Screencasting is a powerful tool for virtual reference and informal communications, and this webinar will demonstrate the most popular software used for screencasting; how screencasting can be applied for effective virtual reference and some key pedagogical factors that help create effective streaming tutorials. Participants will have an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Van Houlson, librarian in the Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota, William Breitbach, information and instruction services unit head at Fullerton Pollak Library, California State University, and Maribeth Slebodnik, biomedical sciences information specialist and assistant professor of library sciences at Purdue University, will present during this session. More information about the webinar is available at the RUSA website.

Register online now—registration closes Wednesday, Dec. 14. In addition to individual registrations, which start at $40 for RUSA members, there is a single-login group rate available for $99, and a multiple-login group rate at $38 per login. Contact for the group registration form.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need. Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at


Elizabeth Markel