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RUSA Professional Development Committee

On December 12, 2011 the RUSA Professional Development Committee held an online meeting.  Its discussed and/or took action on the following:

  • Approved a proposal from RUSA Stars for an online course on interlibrary loan.  The Committee made suggestions to the course planners on ways to market the course.  RUSA staff were informed of this.
  • Discussed what sort of work it needs to do to complete its scheduled committee review. 
    • One of the  review requirements (see http://wikis.ala.org/rusatoolkit/index.php/Committee_Review) calls for an answer to the question "Is the committee aware of other RUSA and/or ALA units which have similar concerns?" RUSA PDC has identified the following:
      • BRASS Education Committee
      • CODES Collection Development and Education Committee
      • MARS Education and Training Support Committee
      • RSS Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee
      • STARS Education and Training Committee
    • The PDC chair had a phone conversation with Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Chair of the RUSA Organization and Planning Committee, to ask for guidance on how PDC should carry out its review.  Mr. Bivens-Tatum said that the OPC would discuss the review process during the Midwinter Meeting and provide additional information after that.
  • At its meeting at the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans the PDC decided to meet online instead of face-to-face at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.  Hence this meeting.
  • Another online meeting will be scheduled, probably in February.
  • The PDC chair asked members to be alert for opportunities to encourage RUSA committees and others to develop proposals for worthy Webinars and online courses for PDC's consideration.