RUSA summer sessions available for online learners

Eileen Hardy

Marketing Specialist

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2006

RUSA summer sessions available for online learners

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is starting summer sessions for two of its online courses “Business Reference 101,” July 31–August 25, 2006, and “Readers’ Advisory 101,” August 8–September 1, 2006.

Celia Ross, reference & instruction librarian, at DePaul University in Chicago, teaches “Business Reference 101.” The course is tailored for public and academic librarians and other researchers who may feel somewhat intimidated when faced with a business reference question. Seasoned business researchers also would gain perspective from this course, as it will contain tips and pointers that may not have been seen before or have since been forgotten. It provides librarians with some of the ins and outs of business research and both free and fee-based resources, and lays a foundation for future strength and assurance when dealing with this topic.

Neal Wyatt, collection management senior librarian at Chesterfield County Public Library (Va.) and adjunct professor for The Catholic University of America, teaches “Readers’ Advisory 101.” This course will provide librarians with knowledge of different genres and information on multiple options for responding to patrons. Students will learn how to use readers’ advisory tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal, and experiment with methods to offer readers’ advisory services. They will participate in practice sessions and a book discussion session.

The online courses require regular access to the Internet and a computer. Whether it is via a laptop on the beach or a PC at home, RUSA provides an interactive learning environment where students can continue their education and professional development.

The registration cost is $130 for RUSA members, $160 for ALA members, $190 for non-ALA members and $100 for students and retirees.

For more information about the course please visit