IMLS, aging services speakers highlight RUSA older adult services preconference lineup

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

June 16, 2009

CHICAGO—The speaker roster for the upcoming preconference “A Dialogue With the Aging Network and the Library Community: The New Guidelines on Library and Information Services to Older Adults” has been released by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA and sponsor of the workshop.

This one-day event will highlight how libraries are collaborating with national and local organizations that serve older adults—a topic that is especially critical in today’s economic climate, as more older adults are turning to the library for assistance with job searching and other resource needs. Workshop participants will also discuss RUSA's newly revised “Guidelines on Library and Information Services to Older Adults.”

Speakers slated for the event are:

  • Laurie Brooks, associate deputy director, state programs, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Marsha Semmel, director for strategic partnerships, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Lynn Kellogg, president, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Elaine Brovont, executive director, Midland Meals; former president, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
  • Barbara Mates, head, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Fatima Perkins, adult services manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Maura O’Malley, president, Lifetime Arts Inc.
  • Ed Friedman, executive director, Lifetime Arts Inc.

The preconference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at the Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago. Registration rates are $125 for RUSA members, $160 for ALA members, $245 for non-members and $85 for students and retirees.

Those interested in attending the preconference may do so in addition to conference registration or they can register for the preconference only.
Comprehensive registration instructions are available at the RUSA blog. On-site registration will be available the day of the event if it has not sold out. For more information about RUSA’s other preconferences and conference programming, the
RUSA @ Annual Conference guide is now available for download.

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. 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 For more information about RUSA, visit