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RUSA Blog: Call for Volunteers

The RUSA Publications and Communication Committee is currently accepting applications for volunteers to lead the transition and future directions of the RUSA Blog (http://blog.rusa.ala.org/ ). The focus of the RUSA Blog will be for contributors to share, discuss, and promote current trends in reference and user services. The Blog will be written by a team of columnists with a publishing schedule facilitated by a coordinator.

 

We are currently looking for:

(1)  a blog coordinator

(2)  a blog website coordinator

(3)  columnists to contribute to the blog

 

Applications should be submitted no later than June 22, 2014.

 

Apply online: https://tamu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QemdrOkMOMyYn3  

 

Available Positions:

 

RUSA Blog Coordinator:

  • Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and selecting four or more columnists with a variety of perspectives and sets publication schedule to ensure regular postings that represent a broad spectrum of ideas relevant to RUSA members and potential members.
  • Edit articles for content, style, format and correct grammatical usage.
  • Accepts, solicits, and selects requests for guest posts as needed
  • Collaborates with Blog Website Coordinator, Publications and Communications Committee, and RUSA staff to ensure Blog meets RUSA branding standards.
  • Serves ex-officio on RUSA Publications and Communications Committee

 

RUSA Blog Website Coordinator:

  • Website Coordinator is responsible for maintaining Blog CMS, design, and functionality.
  • Provides technical support to Blog Coordinator and columnists.
  • Coordinates with RUSA Webmaster on the technical specifications and the integration of the RUSA Blog with RUSA News, RUSA Website, and social media.
  • Collaborates with Blog Coordinator, Publications and Communications Committee, and RUSA staff to ensure Blog meets RUSA branding standards.
  • Serves ex-officio on RUSA Publications and Communications Committee

 

Columnists

  • Writes and posts 6+ articles per year
  • Serves as peer reviewer for other columnists as needed
  • RUSA Member

 

Recruitment Process:

The committee will accept applications for all positions thru June 22nd. The committee will conduct interviews after annual for the RUSA Blog and Website Coordinators. Once the Blog Coordinator is selected, that individual will lead the selection process for columnists.

 

Background:

In 2013, an Emerging Leader’s project created the blog “Chasing Reference”. This blog was a great way for members and new librarians to create content, share their experiences, and highlight trends within the profession. The Publications and Communications committee would like to see the blog continue and in order to do so a structure needs to be put in place in order to make the blog a sustainable project. Additionally, the current RUSA Blog has been rebranded as RUSA News with the RUSA office as the content creators which allows for the opportunity for a member driven blog.