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RSS Happenings at ALA Midwinter!

2013 ALA/RUSA REFERENCE SERVICES SECTION (RSS) HAPPENINGS

@ ALA MIDWINTER IN SEATTLE, WA

 

FRIDAY 1/25

FREE WORKSHOP! New Tech for Reference: from the reference interview to roving reference, challenges, benefits and best practices / RSS Education & Professional Development for Reference Committee

When: Friday 1/25, 1:00 - 5:00 PM 

Where: The University of Washington, Odegaard Library 

See http://connect.ala.org/node/190900 to register today! 

 

SATURDAY 1/26

SHORTSTACK SATURDAY (formerly known as the RSS Pancake Breakfast)

When: Saturday 1/26, 8:00 AM

Where: Lowell's in Pike Place Market

See http://eatatlowells.com and stay tuned to RSS-L!

 

HELPING PATRONS FIND EMPLOYMENT OR NEW CAREER INFORMATION DISCUSSION / RSS Job & Career Reference Committee 

Unemployment is still above 8% in many states. How do you work to help those in need of employment or those wishing to change careers? How do you use limited resources to help the most people you can? How do you interact with other groups and institutions (such as one-stop centers or campus career offices) working with the same community? What are the most valuable resources the library has to offer job seekers? What are services the library does not/cannot offer job seekers? Are there ethical issues in offering assistance to job seekers?

When: Saturday 1/26, 10:30 - 11:30 AM 

Where: Washington State Convention  Center, TCC LL3See http://alamw13.ala.org/node/8919

 

RSS MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING

The meeting will be focused on the annual conference workshop discussion, update on what the committee is doing with reference services and marketing (research) in collaboration with other committees, and participants' continuation of marketing and public relations from our home libraries out to the world.

When: Saturday 1/26, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Where: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Boren

See: http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9459

 

RSS HEALTH & MEDICAL REFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING

The Health and Medical Reference Committee will be finalizing plans for 2013 program, discussing ideas for future webinars and talking about topics to be included in the medical reference guidelines.

When: Saturday 1/26, 3:00 - 4:00 PM 

Where: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Alki Boardroom

See: http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9420

 

RUSA Membership Social 

 A great way to kick off the Midwinter Meeting with style! The RUSA Membership Social is an opportunity to eat, drink, network and learn more about the division. RUSA leadership and longtime members will be on hand to answer questions about ways to get involved with the division, which serves a broad range of library and information professionals.

When: Saturday 1/26, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa I

See http://alamw13.ala.org/node/8800

 

SUNDAY 1/27

JUST ASK: DEFINING AND ADVOCATING FOR THE REFERENCE LIBRARIAN DISCUSSION / RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee

Want to influence the way RUSA advocates for reference services? Join members of the RUSA Just Ask Committee to discuss the evolving role of reference librarians and reference services in all types of libraries. The discussion will help create a RUSA member-influenced vision of both, which in turn will assist the organization in advocating more effectively for the support and development of quality reference services. Moderators: Elizabeth Stephan & Diana D. Shonrock

When: Sunday 1/27, 8:30 - 10:00 AM

Where: Red Lion Hotel Fifth Avenue, Emerald II

See http://alamw13.ala.org/node/8800

 

MOTHER GOOSE AND PROMOTING LIBRARY SERVICES TO THE SPANISH SPEAKING COMMUNITY DISCUSSION / RSS Library Services to the Spanish Speaking Committee

Presenter will give sample "story hour" and attendees will learn to deal with the difficulties of meeting needs of the Spanish-speaking community through a question and answer period and discussions. Moderator: Lucia Castillo

When: Sunday 1/27, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Where: Washington State Convention Center, Room 203

See http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9370

 

WHY COMMON CORE STANDARDS MATTER DISCUSSION FORUM / RSS Young Adult Reference Services Committee

A Young Adult Reference Services discussion forum on the importance of Common Core Standards.

When: Sunday 1/27, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Where: Washington State Convention Center, Room 617

See http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9014

 

MIDWINTER BOOK AND MEDIA AWARDS RECEPTION / CODES

Celebrate the best fiction, non-fiction and reference titles of the year! RUSA's expert readers' advisory committees will unveil their choices for the Collection Development and Evaluation Section's (CODES) literary awards. All Midwinter attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend.        

When: Sunday 1/27, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Where: Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Municipal Room

See: http://alamw13.ala.org/node/8803

 

MONDAY 1/28

UNHAPPY CAMPERS: COPING WITH JOB DISSATISFACTION AND BURNOUT ON THE FRONT LINES / RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee

Shrinking budgets, staff cuts, competing demands, impatient patrons; it all has an impact on staff morale and the quality of service provided by librarians everywhere. Gather with colleagues to discuss the issues faced, as well as potential strategies for managing unhappiness and distress in the workplace from the perspectives of library administration, peers, and the individual librarian. Moderator: Virginia Cairns

When: Monday 1/28 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Where: Washington State Convention Center, room 616

See: http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9354