For immediate release | February 26, 2024

March 2024 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:

How to Get a Federal Library Job

60-minute webinar on March 19, 2024

The U.S. government operates more than 1,000 libraries across all 50 states and around the world. Librarians and library technicians work for all three branches of the federal government-- legislative, executive, and judicial-- and in both civilian and military agencies. From the Library of Congress in Washington to the National Park of American Samoa Library in Pago Pago, federal and armed forces librarians provide a wide range of services in a variety of settings.

This “How to Get a Federal Library Job” panel will discuss the different paths to employment as a federal or military librarian and provide practical tools for navigating these paths. We will discuss the USAJOBS website, the mysteries of the federal resume format, how to navigate the federal hiring process, and the differences among federal agencies in terms of hiring and operations.

The following federal librarians will join us to share tips, tricks and advice:

  • Dianne Babski, Director, User Services and Collection Division, National Library of Medicine in Maryland
  • Lee Lipscomb, Assistant Librarian, Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC
  • Sundeep Mahendra, Head of Research Access and Collection Development, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress in Washington, DC
  • Ebony McDonald, Librarian, 39th Force Support Squadron, Incirlik Air Base in Turkey
  • Dr. Stephanie Rollins, Director of Library Services, Air University Library, Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama

Who Manages, Who Leads: Part Two: Mentor, Progress, Succeed, Lead

Four-week asynchronous course starting on March 25, 2024

The second of a two-part series of four-week interactive programs, to introduce and continue educating existing managers and leaders to advanced theory and practice. Managers see the mission. Leaders see the vision. To every leader you will have a manager and to every manager a leader. Issues in managing other staff, resources, and services, as well as leadership roles and expectations are daunting tasks. Yes, some leaders are born, but others can be trained.

This course benefits those who participated in the first of this series, those who have a great resume, and those with successful interview who are hired.

The instructor, Debra Lucas, is an innovative librarian, determined to expand her horizons after serving as the Head of Research, Training, Instruction, and Interlibrary Loan at D’Youville University in Buffalo, NY.

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

Reference and User Services Division (RUSA)