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What is the best way to serve a patron’s information need at a distance? Academic and public libraries may utilize virtual chat or email to answer reference questions, but do those reference models always serve as the best communication method? An additional means of providing virtual reference is via video conferencing platforms. Presenters will…(Read More)

ALA Annual Conference Chicago

The first years of college present many opportunities for libraries to make an impact on students’ development. Creative librarians in small and large academic institutions are employing technologies, such as library tours via mobile apps, digital collaboration tools, research suite services and tutorials, and innovative discovery tool technologies, among others. In this panel presentation, we…(Read More)

ALA Annual Conference Chicago

As the field of UX expands and libraries adopt a more user-based way of designing services and solving problems, the techniques, and subsequently, the jargon associated with the field have expanded. Speakers from both libraries and the design industry will explore the intersection between design thinking, user experience, and service design with the intention…(Read More)

Please note this event has been cancelled. RUSA’s Emerging Technologies Section (ETS) is hosting a half-day preconference session on Friday, June 23, 2017, 9am-12pm. This preconference will focus on user testing and experience using discussion, presentations, and interactive exercises. Our presenters will offer strategies and tools from throughout the life cycle of…(Read More)

Membership Social

Join members of RUSA for an opportunity to eat, drink, network, win door prizes and learn more about our division and its sections. The social is open to past, current and those interested in becoming members. All attendees are welcome! Sponsored by Sage Publishing, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House and Civic Technologies. Add it to…(Read More)

Beginning October 1, 2018, RUSA opened the nomination period for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by January 15, 2019*. RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose outstanding contributions merit recognition by the…(Read More)

Tech tools

RUSA’s Emerging Technology Section (ETS) is transforming to better serve our members. You know us for fantastic discussion groups about hot topics and engaging programs about leadership, systems, and user experience. Now ETS is bringing a revitalized structure and slate of committees together to focus on what we love: equipping public-service librarians to…(Read More)

RUSA invites experienced librarians and subject matter experts to submit proposals for webinars and online courses to be added to RUSA’s outstanding online learning offerings. We particularly encourage submissions that address innovative services and trends, emerging technologies, management and leadership or, staff-training in following topic areas: 1. Reference services 2. User instruction 3…(Read More)

Elizabeth (Beth) German, President Elect, 2018-2019 RUSA

Elizabeth (Beth) German, Service Design Librarian at Texas A&M University was elected as the 2018-2019 President-Elect of RUSA. German will serve her Presidential term during 2019-2020. “RUSA, as an organization, reflects the complex and nuanced environment of libraries,” German remarked. “I will do my best to enable the rest of…(Read More)

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