RUSA presents two workshops in Philadelphia

Contact: Eileen Hardy


For Immediate Release

October 2002

RUSA presents two workshops in Philadelphia

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will present two workshops in Philadelphia, Friday, January 24, 2003, before the American Library Association's (ALA) Midwinter Meeting.

  • Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: Discovering the Past through International Records The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the largest genealogy center in the Mid-Atlantic region, is the location for this workshop. Come learn from the experts how to help patrons trace their ancestors across the sea to their origins in Europe and beyond. Learn how to conduct a search and to get the most out of research tools. Explore passenger arrival and departure records, international vital records and an array of FamilySearch, Church of Latter Day Saints products.

    In addition, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is offering workshop participants a special tour of its facilities and an opportunity to view its collections, which include the documents from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies Library Collection and Coxe Family Mining Papers.

    Speakers: John Philip Colletta, PhD, lecturer and author of
    They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor's Ships; Glade Nelson, director of the Family History Library of the Church of Latter Day Saints, the world's largest Family History Library; Thomas Jay Kemp, assistant director, Godfrey Memorial Library and author of the
    American Census Handbook.

    Registration fees: $100 (RUSA member), $145 (ALA member), $245 (non-ALA), $60 (student).

  • Business Librarianship 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship

    (formerly titled Business ABC Core Competencies for Business Librarianship for the General Librarian)

    There is a shortage of trained business librarians. This workshop addresses that shortage and offers tactics to counter this trend. Attendees receive an overview of business librarianship followed by sessions covering the core skills needed for effective reference, instruction, collection development and outreach services.

    Speakers: Lisa O'Connor, instruction services coordinator/business liaison librarian, Kent State University; Irwin Faye, librarian, business, science and technology, Chicago Public Library; Glenn McGuigan, Harrisburg Library, Penn State University; Diane Zabel, endowed librarian for business, Penn State University; Rebecca "Becky" Albitz, electronic resources and scholarly communication librarian, Penn State University; Jennifer Boettcher, business reference librarian, Georgetown University.

    Registration fees: $155 (RUSA member), $200 (ALA member), $300 (non-ALA), $93 (student)

Registration will open in October 2002. To register go to the RUSA
website or check the October issue of
American Libraries magazine for more information. Questions? Contact 800/545-2433, ext. 4398;

RUSA a division of ALA, is responsible for stimulating and supporting in every type of library the delivery of reference/information services to all groups, regardless of age, and of general library services and materials to adults. To learn more about RUSA and our products and services, visit
RUSA website.