Community partnerships, older adult services featured in timely RUSA RSS preconference

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

February 13, 2009

CHICAGO—The current economic downturn is prompting more older adults to turn to the library for assistance with job searching and other resource needs. Librarians looking to better serve this growing population segment should plan to attend the upcoming preconference “A Dialogue With the Aging Network and the Library Community: The New Guidelines on Library and Information Services to Older Adults” at ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference.

The event, sponsored by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Reference Services Section’s (RSS) Committee on Library Services to an Aging Population, will highlight how libraries are collaborating with national and local organizations that serve older adults. Participants will also discuss RUSA's newly revised “Guidelines on Library and Information Services to Older Adults.” Speakers include representatives from organizations such as the American Society on Aging, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and AARP, along with library professionals with expertise in services to older adults.

The preconference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10, in Chicago. Advance registration rates, available until May 22, are $100 for RUSA members, $145 for ALA members, $220 for non-members and $60 for students and retirees.

Annual Conference attendees interested in registering for the meeting and institute—or adding the institute to their current meeting itinerary—can do so through Step 6 (“Your Events”) of the
online registration form or by calling 1 (800) 974-3084. Those who are interested in only attending the preconference (event code RU4) must register using a
printed registration form, which can then be submitted via mail or faxed per the instructions on the form. On-site registration will be available the day of the event.

Not a RUSA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on this and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Find out the most up-to-date information about this and all of RUSA's Annual Conference events at the RUSA events page.

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, 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. For more information, visit