2019 Annual Conference


Preconferences in Washington, D.C.

Kick off this year's American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference with preconferences from RUSA. Join your colleagues on Friday, June 21 for an array of exciting programming.

RUSA Genealogy Preconference, sponsored by ProQuest

Friday, June 21, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | event code: RUS3 | Register

The RUSA Genealogy Annual Preconference will explore diverse topics in genealogy and historical research. The Preconference will feature individual presentations and panel sessions. Topics will highlight local sources of archival and genealogical information;genealogy research training for non-genealogy librarians; the future of genealogy librarianship; photograph dating and identification; and using DNA testing to overcome genealogical roadblocks.

Presenters: Drew Smith, Assistant Librarian University of South Florida Tampa Library Tampa; Kate Cordes; Brian Grubbs, Local History & Genealogy Department Manager Springfield-Greene County Library District.

Drew Smith

Drew Smith

Guardians of the (Financial) Galaxy: How Financial Regulators Generate Free Data, Tools, and Information Along the Way

Friday, June 21, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | event code: RUS4 | Register

Computers have brought in a dynamic access to data and information. In the finance world there are 10+ financial agencies and federal watchdog groups committed to protecting consumers in the fast-moving realm of financial technology, also known as Fintech. Consumers today have ever greater options to store, share, and spend money with the aid of new technologies entering the market at breakneck speed. These emerging financial technologies can empower consumers by providing greater financial choices and unprecedented convenience. At the same time, companies offering these exciting new products must keep in mind important consumer protection principles as they continue to innovate for consumers' benefit.

Based in Washington, D.C. each regulator does something unique in service to public officials and other American citizens. Who are these agencies? What do they do? What output do they generate that will be of interest and use to patrons of business, economic, policy, and government librarians? This output is in the public domain and available to be used in the financial technology (FInTech) world.

This Pre-Conference will take representatives from the three natural group of agencies and have a librarian lead a discussion.

Presenters: Richard Huffine, Librarian Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, VA; Bobray Bordelon, Economics & Finance Librarian/Data Services Librarian Princeton University.

Richard Huffine

Bobray Bordelon

Richard Huffine

Bobray Bordelon

Featured Events

President's Program: Inequity and the Disappearance of Reference and User Services

Saturday, June 22, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Register

Join us for a discussion of the importance of reference and user services in a time when our changing service models create barriers and disadvantage our users.

Libraries value providing equal access to information. Librarianship has finally acknowledged that we must keep equity, diversity, and inclusion at the forefront. But what happens when we change service models without examining how library systems are used by those not in the majority? First generation college students, English language learners, previously incarcerated youth and adults, and others may experience a range of emotions, reactions, and practical barriers to asking for information and help. The disappearing human element of library services may privilege highly independent users who know how to ask questions and when to seek help. We know that some users will persist in seeking help, but not all.

Attendees will begin to recognize how privilege can create barriers, reflect on the lived experiences of their users, and strategize for new models of reference and user services that embrace the needs of all, not just visible, high profile users.

Presenters: Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS program Director, University of Illinois, School of Information Sciences; Shanika Heyward; Michelle Hamiel.

Nicole A. Cooke

Nicole A. Cooke

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, June 22, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | event code: RUS1 | Register

In its eighth year, the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction are celebrated at ALA's Annual Conference. Hand-picked by our expert selection committee of librarians, independent booksellers and editors that work closely with adult readers, these books have made a lasting impression. Join us for this celebratory event with a featured speaker (TBD), and a chance to mingle with the winning authors during the dessert and cash bar reception. These awards are sponsored by Booklist and RUSA and supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year's event is sponsored by NoveList.

Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year

Sunday, June 23, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | event code: RUS2 | Register

What could be better than books and breakfast? Maybe signed books and breakfast? Join your fellow readers and book lovers and listen to some of the year's best authors from RUSA book and media award winners and Best of Lists Authors (TBD) will discuss their works and the craft of writing as well as sign books immediately following the event. Registration is required.

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