RUSA RSS Education & Professional Development for Reference (Reference Services Section) Committee
At ALA Annual 2014, the committee hosted a discussion forum titled "The State of Reference Education: What We Have Learned and What Would You Like to Find Out." The participants in the discussion made a strong case for continuing to teach specific reference content in library school. They also noted that library school should strive to give students more experience with customer service activities. See the attached document for more information about this discussion forum. The committee is planning a similar discussion forum for ALA Midwinter 2015.
The committee has examined the websites of 59 library schools in North America and compiled information about what reference courses they offer and which, if any is required. In the near future, we plan to share our preliminary findings through a short article in a professional journal. The committee has also begun contacting schools directly to gather more detail about what information they cover in their reference courses. We are currently discussing how best to gather this information and are planning to reach out to ALISE to obtain their advice.
The committee will contact members of ALISE to explore the possibility of co-presenting a panel about library education for reference at ALA Annual 2016. The committee has also contacted the chair of RUSA MARS' Professional Development Committee to begin planning a joint survey of RUSA members' professional development needs.
- Share the results of phase 1 of the State of Reference Education Project by publishing a short article in a professional journal, e.g., RUSQ
- Continue phase 2 of the State of Reference Education Project through the following means:
- Sponsor an online e-forum and an in-person discussion forum at ALA Midwinter 2015 to learn what practicing librarians think library schools should be teaching related to reference skills.
- Reach out to ALISE to plan a panel session at ALA Annual 2016 that will focus on (1) library school educators' strategies for preparing students for public services work and (2) what skills and experiences library administrators are looking for in newly hired public services librarians.
- Contact library schools to gain more information about what reference content they are teaching.
Open, online business meeting of RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committeeby Jason Coleman on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 11:41 am
RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee will be conducting an open, online business meeting on September 3, 2014 from 3pm-4pm (Central Time).
To join the meeting, go to https://ksu.zoom.us/j/910756963
The agenda for the meeting is:
II. Review of past goals and progress toward those goals
III. Update goals - if appropriate
Discuss possibility of sponsoring a webinar
IV. Decide whether to host discussion forum at 2015 ALA Midwinter
V. Decide on regular meeting schedule and method
8:30 am - 10 am
1. confirmation of agenda
2. review of state of reference education project
3. logistics of the discussion forum
4. remaining projects/tasks
professional development survey
professional development outcome and venue cheatsheet
Joseph Yue (Chair, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Bryna R. Coonin (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Liane E. Elias (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Ellen Keith (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Elizabeth H. Park (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Mr. Shannon George Richie (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Rayette Sterling (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Henrietta Thornton-Verma (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)