Reference Services Section (RSS)

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What is RSS?

RSS works to ensure that reference and information services are kept current and relevant in the context of the ever-changing needs and interests of library users, by providing professional development and educational opportunities, by creating, assessing, and publicizing resources and services, and through collaborative and shared experiences for its members.

The largest section of RUSA, RSS represents the interests of frontline librarians, information specialists, and library support staff engaged in all aspects of reference and information service across all types of libraries. In this context, the section’s responsibilities are to…

  • develop professional development and educational opportunities,
  • share experience and information among colleagues,
  • collaborate and share information among RSS, the sections of RUSA, and the American Library Association,
  • determine, create, implement, publicize, and assess resources and services, and
  • represent the needs and interests of library users

Your participation makes a difference and brings about positive change across the reference profession!

Join RSS!

Member of RUSA?  You can be a member of RSS for free!  Simply make sure to mark RSS when you join RUSA online.

Would you like to know more about RSS, its committees and activities? Please reach out to the RSS Chair or RSS Vice Chair for more information.

Membership in RUSA and RSS gives you:

  1. Networking and career connections with over 1600 RSS members representing frontline reference providers at public, academic, and special libraries nationwide.
  2. Discounts on registration for conferences, programs, and online courses.
  3. Ample opportunities to get involved on any level, including leadership in the profession through service as a member or chair of a committee.
  4. RSS Review – a quarterly online newsletter.
  5. Access to RSS member forums on ALA Connect.
  6. RSS is dedicated to providing value to its members, including virtual participation.  This allows the flexibility to be active in a national professional organization without the financial commitment to travel to multiple conferences. RSS committees regularly meet online and only meet once face-to-face each year at the ALA Annual Conference.

Get involved !      

Beyond being a member of the section, join a RSS committee. Members of RSS committees participate in a range of virtual and in-person activities.  These include:

If you are interested in joining a committee, complete the RUSA Volunteer Form and select RSS at the bottom.  You may also contact the RSS vice-chair directly.  Attending the ALA Annual Conference?  Be sure to attend the RSS All-Committee Meeting held on the Saturday morning of the conference. You can also check out the RSS Handbook to learn more about RSS, RUSA’s frontline reference section!  Our committees: