RSS: Communication and Teaching at the Point of Need Committee


To offer programming, forums for discussions, and professional development opportunities focused on effective communication and teaching strategies, skills, and technologies used during virtual or face-to-face reference interactions, as well as other patron points-of-need. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the reference interview, “teaching moments” during the reference interaction, and point-of-need videos or tutorials.


Bill Ladewski (RUSA Executive Director, October 18, 2018, to December 31, 2099)
Shuntai Sykes (Staff Liaison, October 18, 2018, to December 31, 2099)
Melissa Vanyek (Staff Liaison, October 18, 2018, to December 31, 2099)

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Staff Liaison

Ninah Moore

Training and Events Coordinator