RUSA offers two outstanding preconferences; Intellectual Property and ILL Data Storm

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/23/2015


Marianne Braverman

Marketing and Programs Manager


Reference & User Services Association

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is offering two preconferences during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Don’t miss these exclusive RUSA programs, Intellectual Property for Entrepenuers and ILL Data Storm – Practical Assessment, which promise to interest learners at every level.

  • Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs
    Learn common misconceptions about intellectual property amongst entrepreneurs. Two IP attorneys will discuss disputes and challenges startups are facing. Librarians and entrepreneurs will also get tips from experts on effective patent and trademark searching, learn about Patent and Trademark Resource Centers, and get introduced to best practices in library collaboration with the university commercialization office. Sponsored by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. This preconference is scheduled for 8 a.m. - 1 p.m, Friday, June 26. Location to be announced. Read more. Register here
  • ILL Data Storm - Practical Assessment
    Using data to inform decisions in a library is paramount in today’s world of tight budgets.  Managers, directors, deans and provosts want numbers to prove that a service is beneficial.  Several resource sharing professionals will speak to how they collect and use data, whether to improve services, influence collection decisions or justify their existence. Attendees will walk away with ideas about how to assess their ILL data for improvements in their department. Librarians, managers and staff involved in developing or using resource sharing and interlibrary loan data will really enjoy this preconference. Sponsored by the Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of RUSA. This preconference is scheduled for Friday, June 26, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Location to be announced. Read more. Register here.

Both preconferences are valuable for library staff at any level of experience. No matter your area of interest, RUSA offers something for everyone.

Preconference advanced registration ends at noon (CST) June 20. Add this event to your conference registration *or* you can register for this event without attending the ALA Annual Conference. For rates or more information on this and other valuable ALA Annual Conference programs, please visit the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website.

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. RUSA supports excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers’ advisory, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library. Please visit our website at