For immediate release | October 2, 2012

October 2012 online courses from RUSA: Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101

CHICAGO — The next sessions of Business Reference 101 and Genealogy 101, two popular online courses offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), begin in mid-October; registration is now available for both individual participants and groups.

RUSA’s online learning opportunities are open to any interested participant. Topics are relevant to a variety of library professionals and library types, including public, academic and special libraries. Most coursework is asynchronous—participants log into the course at and complete weekly coursework at their own pace. Live meeting dates, if any, will be noted in the course description.

Registration rates start at $130 for RUSA members. Group discounts are available for two or more participants registering from the same library, library system or network. More information about RUSA’s online learning opportunities is available at the RUSA website. Questions about registration for both groups and individuals should be sent to the ALA registration team at

  • Business Reference 101: Oct. 22 - Nov. 16, 2012

    Appropriate for librarians and library staff of all types who wish to acquire business reference expertise, Business Reference 101 will demystify such topics as SIC, NAICS codes, ROI and 10ks. Students will also have access to proprietary business reference databases. This consistently sold-out course will be taught by Celia Ross, past chair of RUSA’s Brass section and an experienced facilitator and practitioner in the business reference field. Get more information or register now.
  • Genealogy 101: Oct. 29-Dec. 1, 2012

    This course is designed for reference staff with little to no experience in genealogy. Using a case study to frame the coursework, participants will learn about tools and techniques they can use to confidently assist patrons with family history research. A review of archival material, print reference tools and online sources is included in the curriculum. Get more information or register now.

Other upcoming online courses from RUSA:

  • Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping: Nov. 5-25, 2012

    Through podcasts and hands-on assignments, participants in “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” will explore uses for geographic information systems (GIS) technology within organizations and also its social uses beyond simple cartography. The course also covers the how-to of online mapping tools such as Google Earth, ArcExplorer, Scribble Maps and Google Maps. The course content is especially relevant for public or reference librarians who want to organize information in a visual or geographic way to benefit the work of the library, to make information available to the community or any number of needs. Get more information or register now.
  • Health Information: Nov. 12-Dec. 23, 2012

    IACET CEU’s offered for this course. This six-week course will demystify and decode medical terminology and also cover the basics of evidence-based biomedical literature searching. Participants will learn how to systematically evaluate a health website and then look at some the best of best sites for medical, pharmaceutical and drug information. The course covers the business of healthcare: PPACA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HealthIT and HITECH, Meaningful Use, Physician and Hospital Rankings & Ratings and the Personal Health Record. Students will also participate in a discussion of health literacy issues and how to create partnerships with hospital and academic medical librarians through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Get more information or register now.
  • Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS: Dec. 3-Dec. 23, 2012

    This three week course incorporates the geospatial literacy and mapping skills developed in the course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” and teaches how to apply it in library services. Librarians in any information resource position will be able to apply their newly developed Web 2.0 mapping skills in their reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and promotion. Get more information or register now.
  • Readers’ Advisory 101: Jan. 27-Mar. 7

    Through practice sessions, participants will learn from instructor and RA expert Joyce Saricks how to use RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Readers' Advisory 101 is tailored for those at all types of libraries—support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians and those librarians who want to brush up on their skills. The topics covered are introductory in nature. This course has scheduled weekly meeting times on Thursdays; exact meeting times are TBD. Get more information or register now.

RUSA is also seeking proposals for new online courses and webinars. Information about submitting proposals is available at the RUSA website.

The Reference and User Services Association, 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. Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership Learn more about the association at


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