For immediate release | April 28, 2015

RUSA calls for 2016 institute, preconference and program proposals

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is now accepting institute, preconference and program proposals for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston and the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. Central on May 11, 2015. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.

Session topics should showcase emerging trends and examples of driving change in the areas of reference services, including but not limited to: marketing library services, advocacy, special populations, collection development, evaluation, readers’ advisory, instruction, business reference, emerging technologies, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, genealogy and historical research and more!

Proposals are to be submitted through the Sections, and upon Section approval the RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee will review, organize and recommend for approval of the RUSA Board, all submitted proposals and select sessions based on their relevance to the profession and general interest to conference attendees who work in reference services.

We will be using the new program proposal system set up by ALA. Since this is our first year, we’d appreciate any constructive feedback from users about the system. The online proposal form is here:

Please click on this link and then click on “Click here to begin a new Proposal.” Note that there is an option to propose a tour; all tours must be proposed in this system.

For more information, contact the RUSA office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4395.

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 Learn more about the association at


Leighann Wood

Membership and Awards Program Specialist

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)