From the ALA Director 4/4: Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)


RUSA Preconference at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

Three RUSA preconferences will take place at the ALA annual conference:

How Business Librarians Support Entrepreneurs, sponsored by RUSA’s Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS).  This full-day workshop will address common information needs of entrepreneurs, including locating information about their market, industry, competitors and customers for both “Main Street” andtechnology start-ups, and which free or premium resources to use.  Friday, June 27, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

History Genealogy, sponsored byRUSA’s History Section (HS).  This all-day preconference addresses issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with genealogical patrons, volunteers, scholars, or educators. Friday, June 27, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Reference Interview.  Learn why people do not ask for what they really want, find out about the psychological barriers to asking for help, and discover how to work with library  users so that they are willing to come back again with future questions.  Friday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.For more information, go here:  RUSA Preconferences at 2014ALA Annual Conference.  Register here. 


RUSA Achievement Awards

RUSA has selected the winners of the 2014 achievement awards, which provide research and travel grants in recognition of the nation’s most exceptional librarians, libraries and projects involving reference and user services today.  Go here for the complete list of winners:

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction Longlist Announced

The longlist of titles, compiled from the RUSA Notable Books List and the Booklist Editor’s Choice list, for the Andrew Carnegie Medals was announced and can be found here:


Applications Now Being Accepted for the Smart investing @ your library® program

Interested libraries may apply for a grant through the Smart investing @ your library program. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $100,000.  Funds may be used for a variety of activities that promote financial literacy in public and community college libraries.  Contact Margaret Monsour at 1-800-545-2433 or to learn more.  Deadline to apply is June 5, 2014.


This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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