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Susan Hornung-IL (staff)'s picture

Action Item: Two RUSA Guidelines which, according to policy, should be sunsetted

ACTION REQUESTED:

As directed by RUSA policy (see: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/about/policies/developingguidelines/4developingguidelines.cfm ), sunset two guidelines which have not been reviewed by the end of the eighth year after the last approval by the RUSA Board:

1.“Guidelines for Information Services” (2000).  See: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/resources/guidelines/guidelinesin...

2.“Guidelines for Medical, Legal and Business Responses at General Reference Desks” (2001).  See: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/resources/guidelines/guidelinesmedical.cfm

Liane Taylor (non-member)'s picture

RSS has been talking about forming some kind of group for medical reference, and perhaps legal. BRASS does business. I'd like to propose some kind of ad hoc group to update the Medical, Legal, and Business Guidelines comprised of RUSA members who are interested. I'd be happy to try to organize such a group. Would that be possible? 

With re: to the Guidelines to Information Services, have we asked the Access to Information committee, who last revised it, if they will revise it again? Why haven't they?

Wayne Bivens-Tatum's picture

I'd have to track down my notes somewhere, but I recall that when the Access to Info committee should have been working on the "Guidelines to Info Services," the committee was in disarray, and there was even some talk of trying to sunset the committee itself. I was the chair of Standards and Guidelines at the time, and we could get nothing from that committee then about these guidelines.

We could ask the current incarnation, but the revision process takes a year or two, which would be around the time the guidelines should have been revised yet again. Given the abstract nature of those guidelines, I'm not sure it would matter much, though.

Chris LeBeau's picture

My Education Committee that past year did not want to take this on and revise the Guidelines. I'm in the process of asking my Board for a decision and we are seeking to compare these guidelines with other RUSA guidelines for similarity. When is the deadline for a decision? Is it the end of 2011?

Chris LeBeau

Chris LeBeau Assistant Teaching Professor University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies & Business Librarian UMKC

Chris LeBeau's picture

My Education Committee that past year did not want to take this on and revise the Guidelines. I'm in the process of asking my Board for a decision and we are seeking to compare these guidelines with other RUSA guidelines for similarity. When is the deadline for a decision? Is it the end of 2011?

Chris LeBeau

Chris LeBeau Assistant Teaching Professor University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies & Business Librarian UMKC

M. Kathleen Kern's picture

I am the Board Liaison to AIC and I am not aware of us being asked in the last 2 years to revise this.

Having been on S and G for years, I can say that with our volunteer structure which results in complete turn over of committee membership over about 5 years, many committees are unaware that they have a set of guidelines under their charge.  This is especially clear where it not obvious which would be the responsible group. (VR Committee is probably clear about the VR guidlines being theirs, for instance.)

M. Kathleen Kern

RUSA Past-President

 

M. Kathleen Kern's picture

I am the Board Liaison to AIC and I am not aware of us being asked in the last 2 years to revise this.

Having been on S and G for years, I can say that with our volunteer structure which results in complete turn over of committee membership over about 5 years, many committees are unaware that they have a set of guidelines under their charge.  This is especially clear where it not obvious which would be the responsible group. (VR Committee is probably clear about the VR guidlines being theirs, for instance.)

M. Kathleen Kern

RUSA Past-President

 

Chris LeBeau's picture

I have received feedback from my Executive Committee. A number of them thought the Guidelines for Medical, Legal and Business Responses at General Reference Desks"  were generic yet helpful and important. They seem aimed at generalists. Other thoughts expressed were that these could be incorporated into a larger document addressing general reference responses. Many librarians are now asked to cover areas they are not familiar with, particularly in the medical field. One person pointed out that there are legal considerations for medical and legal reference that don't apply to business, so there is a distinction that should be made.

I'm puzzled why these guidelines didn't get the review they required at the time required. I feel like I'm just starting to see all the pieces to this puzzle. If these guidelines are sunset now, and we want to revive them, do we need to find a "home" for them? It sounds like they need a sponsor. RSS seems willing. BRASS could probably find a committee to assist with any business related points in some general reference guidelines.

It looks like we are out of time at this point, but I thought I would share the thoughts of members on the current Executive Committee.

  

 

Chris LeBeau Assistant Teaching Professor University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies & Business Librarian UMKC