RUSA Professional Development (Reference and User Services Association) Committee
Dear RUSA Professional Development Committee:
A call for proposals has been issued for webinars and online courses.
We have also posted information on the RUSA Twitter feed (@ala_rusa) and RUSA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ala.rusa).
Also, below I've pasted the text I sent out to the RUSA listservs.
Please help spread the word by sharing this information on the various social media channels, listservs and member groups you are connected to. If you know of someone specific who would do a good job presenting a webinar or course on one of the topics listed in the blog post, please contact them directly and encourage them to submit a proposal.
The proposal period will end Sept. 1. RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill will share submitted proposals with you at that time. We look forward to receiving your recommendations for all proposals by Sept. 15.
Questions? Please contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve been considering submitting a proposal to present a RUSA online course or webinar, now’s your chance!
The submission period is open Aug. 1 – Sept. 1. Proposals will be reviewed by the RUSA Professional Development Committee in early September. Approved webinars will be presented Oct. 22-Dec. 1, 2013. Approved online courses will launch in February or March of 2014.
All the details, including links to the proposal forms, are here: http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2013/07/29/call-for-proposals-rusa-webinars-online-courses-fall-2013/
You can also find information in the Online Learning section of the RUSA website: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/propose
Here are some of the topics we’re interested in:
reference basics; reference for specialized audiences; research, trends and hot topics in readers advisory; technology advisory; information literacy; community partnerships; library programs; outreach; partnerships among different types of libraries; government data and related resources; library spaces and assessing future needs; copyright in the digital age; collection development; special collections; tips and tutorials for relevant tech tools; standards and guidelines; genealogy; advocating for reference; resource development; fundraising; marketing; job searching and related resources; book reviewing; interlibrary loan; creating a single service point (vs. multiple service points in a single facility); embedded librarians; e-books; writing annotations; leading a book group; collection marketing; and library marketing and display ideas.
QUESTIONS? Contact RUSA Professional Development Chair Jeannette Pierce (piercejea -at- missouri.edu) or RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill (ahill -at- ala.org).
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I recently received the following communication from Joseph Yue, chair of RUSA's Organization and Planning Committee. That committee neds a representive from the Professional Development Committee. This is a good opportunity to learn more about RUSA and get to know additional fellow RUSA members.
Please let me know if you are willing to serve as PDC representative tot his committee. I need to reply to Mr. Yue by mid-September.
Jim Rettig, PDC chair
I am contact you as Chair of RUSA Organization and Planning Committee (O&P) with regards to your committee representation on O&P. Per RUSA Guide to Policies and Procedures (the Guide), "Organization, because it is the committee dedicated to “serve the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity regarding goals, objectives and priorities for the Division and its sections; to suggest broad strategies for achieving them, and to evaluate the progress of the Division and Sections towards these goals and objectives” it is important that it have input from a wide range of member groups. Therefore in addition to section representatives, the committee also has representatives from the Membership, Publications and Communications, Professional Development, and Standards and Guidelines" (RUSA Guide to Policies and Procedures » Chapter 1: Committees http://www.ala.org/rusa/about/policies/committees/1committees).
In addition to scheduled section and committee review, we have been charged by RUSA Board to review and revise the Guide. O&P had some discussion on the Guide at Annual and the consensus was that a major overhaul and rethinking of the guide would be necessary. I also anticipate a bit more discussion on implementation of the section and committee review process that was revised by the O&P and approved by RUSA Board last year. Thus I feel it it important that somebody from your committee be appointed as representative on O&P. I am going to ask Susan Hornung to add you to the roster so you can have access to O&P ALA Connect site. I will be commencing O&P official business before the end of the month. I will copy you on those correspondence not sent through Connect. Should you choose to designate somebody else from your committee to be the active member of the O&P, please let me know by September 15, 2012. I look forward to working with you or your designated representative.Joseph
I recently received the information below from Joseph Yeu, a member of the RUSA Organization and Planning Committee.
When we have our face-to-face meeting in Anaheim (Saturday, June 23, 8:00-10:00 AM, HIL-Mezzanine
Room 14) we will work on providing this information. The attached document is a start on this.
Since the Midwinter Meeting in Dallas the committee has not received any proposal for CE classes or Webinars. If you know of members in RUSA working on relevant, promising ideas, please encourage them to developand submit a proposal.
I am a member of the RUSA Organization and Planning Committee. RUSA
Professional Development Committee is up for review. As Chair of the
committee, can you please send to the Organization and Planning Committee
answers to the following questions by Feb 15, 2013:
1. What is the charge of the committee?
2. How do the committee’s charge and activities support the current
RUSA Strategic Plan? (Please list specific activities or accomplishments).
3. Concerning the committee's organization, activities, and goals, what
challenges does the committee face and what change does the committee
recommend to meet these challenges?
4. Which other committees in RUSA or ALA perform similar functions to
this committee? Is there any overlap between this committee and other
relevant ALA/RUSA committees? If so, how might this duplication of effort be
The answers to these questions should not exceed ten pages.
I am the liaison to your committee for this review process. Please do not
hesitate to contact me if you or your committee have any questions in
preparation of the review.