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Discussion Reminder - Membership Committee Mtg in Blackboard Collaborate. 8/29, 5-6:30PM Eastern Time

by Jeffrey Kempe on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 04:03 pm

This is a reminder that we will hold our meeting on Wednesday AUGUST 29, 5-6:30 PM (ET) in Blackboard Collaborate.

Please use this URL to access our meeting:    http://tinyurl.com/rusa-room-1

 
When it asks for a login, enter your name.

Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes early to test your audio, which you can do once in the system by going to Tools -> Audio -> Audio Set Up Wizard. Please test your audio upon entering.

This is a reminder that we will hold our meeting on Wednesday AUGUST 29, 5-6:30 PM (ET) in Blackboard Collaborate.

Please use this URL to access our meeting:    http://tinyurl.com/rusa-room-1

 
When it asks for a login, enter your name.

Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes early to test your audio, which you can do once in the system by going to Tools -> Audio -> Audio Set Up Wizard. Please test your audio upon entering.

Headsets are preferred, but there is also a toll-free conference number available: 1-866-718-7314, enter PIN: 91920045#.

You can test your system’s compatibility here: http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336

Here is  our agenda:

RUSA Membership Meeting Agenda

  1. Introductions
  2. Questions about committee’s charge, members and responsibilities
  3. RUSA Social at Midwinter
  4. RUSA 101 at Annual
  5. LIS Outreach
  6. Membership "snapshot"

 

 

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Discussion RUSA Membership - Report - Midwinter 2012

by Liane Taylor on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

RUSA Membership Committee
Committee Report – Midwinter 2012
Chair: Liane Taylor

RUSA Ambassador Program (LIS Outreach):

Liane Taylor organized a Dec 12 virtual meeting with membership outreach/recruitment contacts in each ALA division and round table to discuss LIS outreach strategies at the division/RT level. The conversation will continue at the ALA Membership Task Force meeting on Sunday at Midwinter. I have uploaded the minutes from the Dec 12 meeting: http://connect.ala.org/node/164421

RUSA Membership Committee
Committee Report – Midwinter 2012
Chair: Liane Taylor

RUSA Ambassador Program (LIS Outreach):

Liane Taylor organized a Dec 12 virtual meeting with membership outreach/recruitment contacts in each ALA division and round table to discuss LIS outreach strategies at the division/RT level. The conversation will continue at the ALA Membership Task Force meeting on Sunday at Midwinter. I have uploaded the minutes from the Dec 12 meeting: http://connect.ala.org/node/164421

RUSA 101:

We will be holding a RUSA 101 at Annual in Anaheim. We will hold it on Friday, from 3p-4p. We will begin promoting it as soon as possible. We have a team working on a plan for the event and we’re hoping to get vendor sponsors for free food. The committee felt that new or interested RUSA members needs a 101 and like human contact. An online version of 101 can be developed eventually to complement, but not replace, conference 101s. Committee members are happy to work with Liz Markel on the development of an online 101. It’s important for the conference 101 to be in the conference program, so it cannot be scheduled during a no-conflict time (Fri 4-7.30p). We also don’t want to schedule the 101 at same time as section Happy Hours (Fri night, Sat night).

  • ONLINE complement: Some ideas generated by RUSA Exec/RUSA Office at 2011 Fall Leadership Meeting
  • Offer on website before Annual
  • Highlighting what RUSA does and is planning for the Conference
  • If it were offered as part of a series of webinars highlighting Conference themes offered shortly before Annual, together such webinars could serve several purposes, not only serving to inform about RUSA, but also serving a lead-in to the Conference, and possibly also attracting members who are unable to attend the conference.
  • Also: short (5-6 slides) presentation about RUSA available to membership at anytime from the website, and which might also be used in working with library schools to help attract new members

RUSA SOCIAL:

  • The RUSA Social will take place on Saturday, January 21st, from 6p-8p at the Adolphus, Century Ballroom A. RUSA office will be identifying prizes to raffle. We have received $2,500 from Thomson Reuters and RUSA will be contributing $2,000.
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Discussion LIS Outreach - Minutes from ALA-wide meeting, 12/12/2011

by Liane Taylor on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

Minutes from LIS Outreach telephone call on 12/12/11

 

Participants: Ritchie Momon (YALSA), Debbie Ryszka (ALCTS), Liane Taylor (RUSA), Jean Rene (RUSA), Amanda Dinscore (ACRL), Lian Sza (PLA), Nancy Dickinson (AASL), Linda Ward-Callaghan (ALSC), Erica Stiner (FAFLRT), Kay Cassell (ALA Membership Committee), Bill McHugh (RUSA), Joe Thompson (RUSA), Jennifer Corbin (LIRT), Peggy Cadigan (ASCLA), Erin Dorney (NMRT), Cathleen Bourdon (ALA), Alicia Ahlvers (RUSA)

 

Minutes from LIS Outreach telephone call on 12/12/11

 

Participants: Ritchie Momon (YALSA), Debbie Ryszka (ALCTS), Liane Taylor (RUSA), Jean Rene (RUSA), Amanda Dinscore (ACRL), Lian Sza (PLA), Nancy Dickinson (AASL), Linda Ward-Callaghan (ALSC), Erica Stiner (FAFLRT), Kay Cassell (ALA Membership Committee), Bill McHugh (RUSA), Joe Thompson (RUSA), Jennifer Corbin (LIRT), Peggy Cadigan (ASCLA), Erin Dorney (NMRT), Cathleen Bourdon (ALA), Alicia Ahlvers (RUSA)

 

1.         Liane Taylor thanked the group for participating in this conference call.  She explained that interest for some type collaborative discussion among the varied ALA membership groups grew out of discussions that were held at ALA Midwinter in San Diego.  If there were ways this group could work collaboratively, instead of at cross purposes, these avenues should be explored.

 

2.         Those attending the conference call elaborated on the goals their specific groups are hoping for with outreach to LIS students.

 

ALSC:  Connect with LIS students, so that they know about ALA, especially connect with those interested in a youth services career or path.  Those considering this type of work should know about ALA, ALSC, and YALSA.

 

ASCLA:  Know that state library and regional library associations exist and that these organizations have resources to assist with work and professional development.  Also, know that there are many other alternatives for jobs, including working in prison libraries.

 

FAFLRT:  Looking to re-invigorate the membership and interest in this round table.  Currently, a board exists and the board is seeking more active participation from its membership.

 

NMRT:  Inform students about opportunities in NMRT and benefits of joining NMRT.  Provide information on conference activities, awards, scholarships, involvement in NMRT and ALA.  Encourage students to join ALA and NMRT.  Being involved in NMRT is a great way to get one’s feet wet with involvement in a professional association.

 

ALCTS:  Similar to what others have said, especially ALSC above.  Connect with library school students who are interested in careers in technical services.

 

ACRL:  Very similar goals to what the others in the call are stating.  Target library school faculty and have faculty pass message of benefits of ALA and ACRL membership to the students in their courses.

 

AASL:  Work with library school and graduate school programs that prepare professionals for careers in school libraries.  Interact with students before they enter the profession.  Ensure that these graduate students are aware of the standards for school librarians and school libraries.

 

YALSA:  Get awareness of YALSA, its activities, and its resources out to library school students and to new professionals.

 

RUSA:  Get word out about RUSA, especially get information out about the varied opportunities within RUSA.  Librarians in all types of libraries—academic, public, special, etc.—can have a home in RUSA.

 

PLA:  Market to library school students about upcoming PLA conference.

 

3.         The group discussed the strategies they are currently employing to reach out to library school students or strategies they hope to use in the near future.

 

FAFLRT:  Free membership brought in a lot of student members, but they weren’t active.  FAFLRT will be cutting back on this.

 

ALCTS:  Work with ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) to reach out to new and potential members.  ANMIG sponsors monthly or bi-monthly chats on topics relevant to library school students and their activities.  Recent chats:  tips for conference going, tips for finding a job, strategies for building a professional network, etc.  ANMIG uses the chat feature in ALA Connect; they have an ALA Connect page and a Facebook page, and use both to publicize their activities. 

 

ALCTS Membership Committee and ANMIG organize and host ALCTS 101 at annual conferences.  This program is targeted to new and/or potential members.  The past few ALCTS 101 programs have been successful.  A speed-dating format is used and guests jump from table to table during the program.  ANMIG is currently trying to establish a mentor/mentee program for midwinter in Dallas.  Little success on this front at the moment.

 

ALCTS Membership Committee has a representative from NMRT on its committee and works through this representative to distribute information about ALCTS.

 

NMRT:  The Student Chapter Outreach Committee (SASCO) does outreach to library school student chapter representatives.  SASCO members have liaison responsibilities to several library school chapters.  SASCO members are responsible for sending updates, relevant information, etc. to the library school student chapter representatives.  Not all SASCO members send the same information out to their student chapters.

 

SASCO will start an official newsletter in January.  Call participants are encouraged to send newsworthy items to Erin for inclusion in the newsletter.

 

Link to SASCO’s web page: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/libschoutr/sasco

 

SASCO’s primary ALA contact at ALA is Don Wood, head of Chapter Relations Office (dwood@ala.org).   He is responsible for working with the student chapters and for maintaining the student chapter web site.

 

The student chapter web site at ALA is: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/affiliates/chapters/student/resources/stuchapterresources1.cfm

 

SASCO promotes the Student Chapter of the Year Award.  SASCO maintains and promotes a speaker’s bureau for student chapters to consult if they are interested in having an ALA or NMRT member speak to the chapter in-person or virtually.

 

FAFLRT:  Sponsored a federal libraries in-service day at annual conference that was well-attended.  There is a Google group that federal librarians or those interested in jobs in federal libraries can join.  Since there are so few jobs in federal libraries these days, FAFLRT doesn’t see the need to promote these activities.  Their program at annual conference last year was publicized through NMRT and its e-mail list.

 

RUSA:  Had an ambassador program that wasn’t marketed well.  The forms to be a speaker in this program were complicated.  The aim of the program was for speakers to speak in LIS programs.  This didn’t take off, mostly because the paperwork was burdensome.

 

Link to RUSA’s Ambassador Program:

http://www.ala.org/rusa/volunteer/recruitlibrarysciencestudents/recruit

 

AASL:  Does work with school libraries and school librarians.  Talk with affiliates about being a school librarian and the roles school librarians play in their schools and in education. Mention the benefits of membership in ALA.  AASL has quite a few librarians who go out to the schools and talk about these topics, but is unsure of the how many report back on their efforts.

 

Erin Dorney (NMRT) mentioned that it’s difficult to assess the work of NMRT and SASCO.  Information on NMRT and SASCO can be sent to the ALA student chapter presidents through SASCO channels, but there is no way of knowing whether this information gets distributed to the students in the chapter.  NMRT and SASCO rely on the student chapter presidents to get their word out, but they have no way of knowing if and when it does get out.  No assessment has been done to see if this type of outreach is working and successful.

 

Liane Taylor (RUSA) raised the question: “Are all students in library schools in library school chapters?”

 

Kay Cassell (ALA Membership Committee) remarked that it’s difficult to get a student’s attention and wondered what strategies we could use to get their attention.

 

Amanda Dinscore (ACRL) mentioned that she thought it might be a good idea to target library school faculty teaching courses in academic libraries or librarianship, instead of reaching out to library school students.  ACRL Membership Committee has been working in this direction, but has had some difficulty tracking down specific faculty.  The Committee has had to call library schools to get information on faculty and their teaching assignments.  With this information, they would like to send a survey out to faculty and instructors, asking them what information they need to promote ACRL membership to their students.  Because ACRL is re-organizing, the Committee may not be able to finish its work in this area.

 

From her previous experience, Erin Dorney (NMRT) mentioned that it’s difficult to gain access to library school student e-mail lists.  When she worked with the Emerging Leaders program, announcements for library school students had to be sent to program coordinators or faculty advisors at each school.

 

Debbie Ryszka (ALCTS) added that ALCTS tried that approach—to reach library school students through their school e-mail lists—but it wasn’t successful.  E-mail messages and program announcements had to be cleared or approved by library school administrators or faculty members.  ALCTS Membership tired to publicize ALCTS conference program offerings to library schools with 100 or 200 miles of Boston when ALA Midwinter was in Boston in 2010.

 

Joe Thompson (RUSA) noted that anyone can join the distribution list for University of Maryland’s iSchool.

 

Liane Taylor (RUSA) wondered if one ALA representative, possibly Don Wood, could be on library school distribution lists.  The ALA representative could distribute relevant ALA, division, round table, etc. information to the students on the distribution lists.  Kay Cassell (ALA Membership) noted that Don Wood should know have access to the names of the faculty advisors at the 58 ALA-accredited library schools.  Joe Thompson (RUSA) said it would be helpful to have a list or a spreadsheet of ALA-accredited library schools, their e-mail distribution lists, and whether these distributions lists were open (to all) or closed.

 

From ALA’s web site, here is information and a listing of ALA-accredited library schools:

http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory.

 

Nancy Dickinson (AASL) pointed out that Tennessee has 7 universities or colleges that grant accreditation for school librarians.  Most school librarians don’t come from ALA-accredited library programs.  There is a lot of untapped membership and potential in this group, but reaching out to them could be challenging.

 

From ALA’s web site, here is a link to a list of nationally reviewed and recognized NCATE/AASL school librarianship education programs:

http://www.ala.org/aasl/aasleducation/schoollibrary/ncateaaslreviewed.

 

Linda Ward-Cadigan (ALSC) noted that the problem with e-mail distribution lists was determining which ones library school students were encouraged (by their faculty) to join and follow.

 

Liane Taylor (RUSA) wondered if marketing or publicizing our information to ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) members would be beneficial.  Amanda Dinscore (ACRL) remarked that her Membership Committee had thought of sending their survey out to ALISE members.

 

4.         Liane Taylor asked the participants how they could work collaboratively.  Responses and comments are below.

 

Joe Thompson (RUSA) noted that we’re all competing against each other in the LIS market.  He wondered if there was a possibility of offering some type of discount for students if they joined multiple divisions or multiple round tables.  If we knew more about the students and their interests we could focus them on a specific division or roundtable.

 

Linda Ward-Callaghan (ALSC) wondered if we could use Don Wood and his student chapter contacts to get information out about the different divisions, roundtables, etc. about the work that each does and the resources that they have.  We could each compile some “talking points” about our division or round table and have Don distribute these to the student chapters.

 

Erin Dorney (NMRT) commented that there are lots of things vying for library school students’ attention and time.  We could be doing them a disservice by sending them too much information.  She suggested that we could create a blog or an e-mail distribution list and have the students come to us to get their information, if they are interested.  Those students that are motivated and interested would subscribe or follow the blog or e-mail list to get needed professional information.  With this approach, we’re not bombarding the rest of the students who are uninterested in our information or message.

 

Cathleen Bourdon (ALA) mentioned that the ALA web site has a number of blogs, including one on the student chapter web page.  Don Wood is always looking for copy for his student chapter blog.  We could feed him copy to post there.

 

Peggy Cadigan (ASCLA) thought that maybe we could develop a “road show” with representatives from each division and roundtable and take this “on the road” to interested library schools.  Many library school programs, such as Drexel and Rutgers, are looking for ideas and speakers for colloquia, symposia, career fairs, etc.  ASCLA and its members go out to library schools to talk about its work and resources.

 

Lian Sze (PLA) wondered if we could do something along the lines of what Peggy described above in a virtual way or setting.  Could we jointly sponsor a chat or a webinar?  Could this be publicized through the student chapter blog and thru the student chapter representatives?

 

Peggy Cadigan (ASCLA) observed that if library school students joined a state library association they get a discount on their ALA membership.

 

Erin Dorney (NMRT) stated that as far as she could tell there were only 36 students subscribed to the ALA Student Membership Blog on the ALA student chapter web site.  Maybe this wouldn’t be the best way and place to get work out about our divisions and activities.

 

Link to the ALA Student Membership Blog:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/student-member-blog

 

Debbie Ryszka (ALCTS) asked Erin Dorney (NMRT) if divisions could submit announcements, information to the new SASCO newsletter debuting in January.  Erin encouraged the participants to submit copy to her for inclusion in the newsletter.

 

Erin Dorney (NMRT) noted that NMRT might be able to work with ALA and Don Wood to re-organize and update the information on the student chapter web pages.  Maybe the focus of these pages could shift from student chapters to just students.

 

Kay Cassell (ALA Membership Committee) reminded everyone about the ALA Membership Promotion Task Force and its meeting at Midwinter in Dallas (Sunday, 1/22, 4:00-5:30 pm in room D166, Dallas Convention Center).  Those attending Midwinter can continue this dialogue in person.  Kay offered to see if Don Wood would be interested in joining the Task Force’s meeting.

 

Contact information for those participating in the conference call:

AASL: Nancy Dickinson (fsufan23@gmail.com)

ACRL: Amanda Dinscore (adinscore@csufresno.edu)

ALCTS: Debbie Ryszka (debbie@udel.edu)

ALSC: Linda Ward-Callaghan (lwcallaghan@joliet.lib.il.us)

ASCLA: Peggy Cadigan (pcadigan@njstatelib.org)

FAFLRT: Erica Stiner (estin01s@gmail.com)

LIRT: Jennifer Corbin (jcorbin@tulane.edu)

NMRT: Erin Dorney (eedorney@gmail.com)
PLA: Lian Sze (lsze@ala.org)

RUSA: Liane Taylor (ltaylor@txstate.edu)

YALSA: Ritchie Momon (ritchiemomon@kclibrary.org)

 

ALA: Cathleen Bourdon (cbourdon@ala.org)

ALA Membership Committee: Kay Cassell (kcassell@rutgers.edu)

RUSA Membership Committee: Joe Thompson (jthompson@washcolibrary.org), Jean Rene (jeanedwinrene@hotmail.com), Alicia Ahlvers (aliciaahlvers@kclibrary.org), Bill McHugh (bmchugh@northwestern.edu)

 

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Discussion Minutes, 11/11/11

by Liane Taylor on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 01:29 pm

RUSA Membership Meeting

11/11/11

Attendees: Danielle Angerbauer; Rachael Elrod; Megan Mcardle; Bill McHugh; Arlie Sims; Liz Markel; Jene Rene; Patrick Oberholtzer;  Greg Tong; Liane Taylor; Nora Dethloff

Not Attending: Alicia Ahlvers; Joe Thompson; Alesia McManus

 

RUSA SOCIAL:

Budget: ASK LIANE (NOT PUBLIC)

Location: Adolphus Hotel, Century Ballroom A, Saturday, 6-8pm

 

ACTION ITEMS:

RUSA Membership Meeting

11/11/11

Attendees: Danielle Angerbauer; Rachael Elrod; Megan Mcardle; Bill McHugh; Arlie Sims; Liz Markel; Jene Rene; Patrick Oberholtzer;  Greg Tong; Liane Taylor; Nora Dethloff

Not Attending: Alicia Ahlvers; Joe Thompson; Alesia McManus

 

RUSA SOCIAL:

Budget: ASK LIANE (NOT PUBLIC)

Location: Adolphus Hotel, Century Ballroom A, Saturday, 6-8pm

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Liz: Follow up with Thomson Reuters re: projector (goal: not to have one!)
  • Liz: Finalize raffle items by December 9 (try Powell’s, not just Amazon; conference registration; RUSA membership; ALA merchandise)
  • Liz: Evite
  • Liane: Send update to RUSA Update editor re: location
  • Liane: Make sure RUSA Board and section leaders have representation at Social

 

OTHER NOTES:

  • Keep it casual, mindful of folks who are standing alone
  • Thomson Reuters can have a table, or greet, or have several folks there
  • Avoid formal presentation if we can

 

RUSA 101:

TIME/DATE: Friday, 3-4p

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  • RUSA 101 team to draft structure of an hour-long 101 and list of possible vendor sponsors by WEDS, DEC 7
  • Liz to start sending out promo by Dec 14

NOTES:

  • Need 101s: People are overwhelmed and want someone to tell them how to get involved, how it all works
  • Don’t want to replace human contact, so online 101 should not replace conference 101
  • Other divisions have very successful 101s (see Danielle’s email; also in Connect)
  • Being in the conference program is important; can’t be in the program if scheduled in a no-conflict time
    • No conflict time is Friday, 4-7:30p
    • Used to hold 101 on Friday at 4p
    • Don’t want to schedule same time as section Happy Hours:
      • BRASS, Fri  5.30p
      • STARS, Fri 6.30p
      • MARS, Sat 5p
      • Difficult to schedule before Happy Hours because on Friday, we wouldn’t be in conference program and Saturday would be too late; also hard to schedule 101 in a private/off-site restaurant, due to having to pay for location or food
      • What doesn’t work: It doesn’t work if not in conference program, and if we’re just doing a booth presentation
      • We’ll try Friday, 3-4, see how it works; may be too early?
        • Start marketing BEFORE folks reserve their flights
        • Work with NMRT!
        • Can also do an ONLINE complement. Some ideas generated by RUSA Exec/RUSA Office at 2011 Fall Leadership Meeting
          • Offer on website before Annual
          • Highlighting what RUSA does and is planning for the Conference
          • If it were offered as part of a series of webinars highlighting Conference themes offered shortly before Annual, together such webinars could serve several purposes, not only serving to inform about RUSA, but also serving a lead-in to the Conference, and possibly also attracting members who are unable to attend the conference.
          • Also: short (5-6 slides) presentation about RUSA available to membership at anytime from the website, and which might also be used in working with library schools to help attract new members

 

 

 

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Online Doc Minutes, 2011, July 25

by Liane Taylor on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 09:43 am

Online Doc RUSA Annual 2011 Promotion Email

by Liane Taylor on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 04:59 pm

Promotion email

Online Doc Section Level Welcome Email New Members Template

by Liane Taylor on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 08:58 am

The following template was developed by the members of the RUSA Membership Committee, 2009-10. It is a template that can be adapted by all sections within RUSA to reach out to new members. Sections can take as little or as much from this template as desired, but all sections should contact new members monthly. The RUSA Marketing Specialist (Liz Markel) will send out lists of new section members.

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Dear  XXX:

Welcome to [   ] Section of the Reference and User Services Association!

The following template was developed by the members of the RUSA Membership Committee, 2009-10. It is a template that can be adapted by all sections within RUSA to reach out to new members. Sections can take as little or as much from this template as desired, but all sections should contact new members monthly. The RUSA Marketing Specialist (Liz Markel) will send out lists of new section members.

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Dear  XXX:

Welcome to [   ] Section of the Reference and User Services Association!

Please know we value your membership.  Our members create the programming, publications, workshops, and other resources that help make a difference in the world of [frontline reference, collection development, etc]. The [Section] is [description of mission of section].

We are very happy that you’ve joined and want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the benefits of membership and ways to get involved:

[section listserv]:  The [  ] listserv provides a fast and easy way to [examples: consult with your colleagues on issues affecting x, stay updated on section events and news, get help with tough reference questions, keep up-to-date with resources in our fields, and share or find out about job postings]. To join, go to: http://www.ala.org/ala/

[Section Facebook page]: If you’re on Facebook, follow the [Section] fan page! You can learn about [Section] news and events – like online workshops, presentation opportunities, pre-conferences, programs, and discussions.

[Section Newsletter]: Our newsletter keeps you current with the plans, activities, opportunities and events for members of the section. [How to access]

Committee opportunities: [Section] committees range from those that [create guidelines, give out awards, create virtual and conference programming, to those that develop real-world tools to help you in your work]. Getting involved is easy, enhances your professional development, and there are both physical and virtual membership opportunities.  A list of our committees is here:  [ ]. To join: [    ]

Conference activities: [Section] sponsors programs and discussion groups at ALA Annual and Midwinter meetings. The section also holds a [happy hour, social, etc and when].

The [section] welcomes and encourages members who wish to participate virtually. Being a [] member creates both physical and virtual opportunities for collaboration, publication, networking and problem solving. But, even more importantly, membership generates the energy and renewal that comes from interacting with colleagues and knowing that you belong to a vibrant community that understands your needs and shares your values and goals.  (Taken from ACRL/EBSS. Would like to get their OK.)

Again, we welcome you! Please contact us with any questions.

Thank you, on behalf of the [] Membership Committee:

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Discussion RUSA Membership Committee Board Report - Annual 2011

by Liane Taylor on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 08:56 am

RUSA Membership Committee
Board Report
Annual 2011

2011-2012 Chair
Liane will continue as Chair

RUSA 101 @ ALA Annual 2011 (New Orleans)

We did not schedule a formal 101 at Annual because of the no-conflict times on Friday after 4, the RUSA President’s Program on Sat from 4-5:30p and the section socials on Saturday night. MARS has their all-committee meeting on Sunday at 8a and that’s also when Literary Tastes Breakfast is, and RSS has their all-committee meeting on Saturday at 8a.

RUSA Membership Committee
Board Report
Annual 2011

2011-2012 Chair
Liane will continue as Chair

RUSA 101 @ ALA Annual 2011 (New Orleans)

We did not schedule a formal 101 at Annual because of the no-conflict times on Friday after 4, the RUSA President’s Program on Sat from 4-5:30p and the section socials on Saturday night. MARS has their all-committee meeting on Sunday at 8a and that’s also when Literary Tastes Breakfast is, and RSS has their all-committee meeting on Saturday at 8a.

 We have agreed upon 3 outreach strategies in place of a formal 101 :

 

  1. Staffing the Membership Pavilion
    -We will be staffing the Membership Pavilion at least from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday
  2. Program Representatives
    -We will have volunteer RUSA representatives at several RUSA programs, who will be identified as a RUSA rep by the moderator
  3. NMRT Conference 101
    -We will have 1 RUSA rep at Friday’s Conference 101, as it has over 250 attendees at Annual 2010
    -Liane will contact NMRT Orientation Chair and then email committee for volunteer
  4. BUTTONS!
    -We will have "ASK ME! about RUSA" buttons for RUSA Membership Committee members and RUSA Board members. Liane will drop off the buttons at the RUSA table in the Convention Center by Friday afternoon so folks can pick one up.

2011-2012 Active Projects

  • New Member Emails: Section reps will continue to send emails to new section members.
  • RUSA Social: Will continue to host Social at Midwinter
  • 101/Annual Outreach: Strategies for 2011 above; will plan for 2012 in Fall 2011; may talk with ALCTS who has a very successful 101/Annual event.
  • PRIMARY GOAL FOR 2011/12:
    Ambassador Program: Outreach to library schools; will re-open this project; need to gather history and strategize plan

 Retired Projects:

-Exit Survey: Received 15 surveys, all were basically the same: no money, job changed. Retire this for now. May be worth revisiting in 2012 or 2013 to see if reasons have changed.

-PPT: RUSA office is doing a video for member orientation for the website. As for showing PPT at Social, not worth the several hundred dollar fee for computer/projector. Will revisit if sponsor pays for computer/projector.

 

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Discussion Dropped Email/Exit Survey Template

by Liane Taylor on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 06:17 am

RUSA Dropped Member/Exit Survey Email

 

Dear ,

 

Our records indicate that you have not renewed your membership in the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). 

 

We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete a brief exit survey, available at:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/296459/rusa-membership

 

RUSA Dropped Member/Exit Survey Email

 

Dear ,

 

Our records indicate that you have not renewed your membership in the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). 

 

We would greatly appreciate it if you would complete a brief exit survey, available at:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/296459/rusa-membership

 

Your opinion is very important to us, and will help us to improve our member benefits.

 

Membership in RUSA is an investment in the advancement of your career.  Member benefits include:

•             Reduced registration fees for learning opportunities including online courses, ALA’s Annual Conference, and the Midwinter Meeting

•             Enhancement of your career through the networking, learning, and collaboration that comes with being an active part of the RUSA community, with our over 120 active committees

•             Keeping up-to-date with the latest in libraries by receiving a subscription to  RUSA’s journal, Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ)

•             Participation in the development of professional tools such as Standards and Guidelines, the Notable Books List, and the Reading List.

•             Eligibility for one of more than two dozen awards honoring librarians, libraries, publishers, and authors for significant achievements such as publications, program development and leadership in reference and user services.

It is our hope that you will reconsider renewing your membership in RUSA. It’s easy to do; you can visit our Web site, at www.ala.org/rusa, or call the ALA Membership line, at (800) 545-2433, ex. 5.

 

If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns you would like to share, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact me or any of the folks below.

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To serve as the public relations arm of RUSA, with the aim of promoting increased membership and retaining existing members in the division; to represent RUSA and its Board on the ALA Membership Promotion Task Force. The chairperson of the RUSA Membership Committee shall assume this responsibility; to be responsible for staffi ng of the RUSA booth at Annual Conference.

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