For immediate release | March 25, 2022

April 2022 Online Learning with RUSA

CHICAGO - The American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA), continues to offer an outstanding combination of repeat and new courses/webinars. Check out our list of upcoming programming below:

Inside Interlibrary Loan: Basics for a New Millennium

Four-week asynchronous course beginning on Monday, April 4, 2022

During this four-week course, registrants will learn to utilize and expand ILL services to keep up with library trends and evolve as library shelving and physical collections diminish. Designed for MLS candidates, MLS graduates, librarians, library administrators, and paraprofessionals this course teaches you everything you need to know about ILL systems, including its surrounding nuts and bolts, regulations, and copyright issues.

The instructor, Debra Lucas-Alfieri, will also introduce you to management software tools, both those created internally as a homegrown option, or as proprietary software platform like ILLiad and Tipasa.

Tools for Locating Primary Sources in Archives and Online

60-minute live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, 2022

There are dozens and dozens of library resources available to help a librarian or a researcher locate primary sources for historical research. This webinar is aimed at those relatively new to reference work around primary sources and will cover approaches to the reference interview that help focus the discussion, online and print tools to uncover primary sources, and helpful tips for organizing and citing primary sources.

This webinar, presented by Steven Knowlton, is the Librarian for History and African American Studies at Princeton University. In addition to this work guiding students and researchers to primary sources, he has published several award-winning papers based on his own research using archival sources.

Design and Marketing for Libraries Webinar

75- minute live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Design and marketing are now a required skill in libraries. This webinar teaches you practical principles and skill to promote and communicate your library’s services and programs. Learn the difference between a good and bad design and the theory and principles that drive the creation of good design. Employ practical skills in creating designs for your library with an introduction to various tools and applications. Learn how to market your library by identifying your audience and how best to engage with them and create a message that identifies your library as a staple in your community

This webinar, presented by Jennifer Blair, is ideal for librarians and library staff involved in creating services and programs, promoting programs, and those involved in promoting their library through social media, the web, virtual and in-person programs.

Don’t see a topic that interest you, check out our full listings here or submit a proposal form here.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), 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. Learn more at


Ninah Moore

Program Officer-Continuing Education