For immediate release | May 28, 2013

Registration closing soon for Business Reference 101 preconference offered by RUSA

CHICAGO — New business librarians and reference generalists won’t want to miss “Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship,” a 2013 preconference hosted by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA); registration closes June 21.

“Business Reference 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship”, which is sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA, is designed for new business librarians, generalists who have assumed responsibility in business librarianship or librarians who handle business reference-related inquiries in all types of libraries, including academic, public and special libraries. “Business Reference 101” will feature presentations from Rhonda Kleiman, economic development manager, Library System of Lancaster County; Chris LeBeau, research and liaison librarian, management and public administration, UMKC University Libraries; Leticia Camacho, management and accounting librarian, Brigham Young University; and Jared Howland, collection assessment librarian, Brigham Young University. Kleiman and LeBeau will speak about core resources for business reference. Camacho will address the assessment of business resources and Howland will review licensing for business products

The preconference will take place 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, June 28 at the McCormick Place Convention Center, in conjunction with the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Advance registration is required; tickets are $219 for RUSA members; $239 for ALA members; $259 for non-members and $189 for ALA Retired and Student members. Local librarians who are not attending the Annual Conference are encouraged to attend; conference registration is not required in order to purchase a ticket for the preconference. Register for the preconference now.

RUSA BRASS is also hosting two programs at the Annual Conference; these programs are open to all conference registrants. Get program information and add the events to your schedule by clicking on the event name.

  • Smart investing @ your library®: Community Connector, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Learn how librarians are making new connections with new audiences and expanding their own financial education frontier with outreach programs to seniors, teens and children. With locally designed technologies and clever approaches, they are using tablet computers to reach seniors in assisted living facilities; broadcasting radio programs and creating viral video vignettes to capture the attention of teens ;and integrating music with the Lunch Money song in elementary school curriculums. This program is part of Smart investing @ your library, a partnership between ALA, RUSA and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Learn more.

  • Investment Success! Building & Managing Your Retirement Portfolio, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Monday. Good personal investment education is important for librarians and library staff. In this program, investment professionals will demystify the process and help us understand essential principles and how to apply them to make better decisions to meet our retirement goals.

Learn more about RUSA BRASS at the section’s website, and see an overview of RUSA conference events at the RUSA conference page.

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

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