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Discussion Radford wins 2010 Mudge Award for contribution to reference librarianship

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 09:59 am

Marie L. Radford, associate professor at the School of Communication and Information, Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has been selected  the 2010 winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award.

Read more at http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2010/march2010/mudge_rusa.cfm.

Discussion What is the Role of the Reference Librarian?

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 09:51 am

At the Booklist webinar on 21st Century Reference Collections, an academic librarian from Texas asked "What does David [Tyckoson] think the role of the reference librarian is today?"

Read his response at http://pointsofreference.booklistonline.com/2010/02/16/what-is-the-role-of-the-reference-librarian/trackback/.

Discussion Free Webinar: Using ALA's Guide to Reference—An Introduction

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 04:52 pm

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Join General Editor Denise Beaubien Bennett and ALA Publishing staff for an introduction to Guide to Reference, with more than 16,000 fully annotated entries describing essential print and web reference sources.

In this one-hour webinar you’ll discover the benefits of using Guide to Reference in your library and learn how to:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Join General Editor Denise Beaubien Bennett and ALA Publishing staff for an introduction to Guide to Reference, with more than 16,000 fully annotated entries describing essential print and web reference sources.

In this one-hour webinar you’ll discover the benefits of using Guide to Reference in your library and learn how to:

  • Use Guide to Reference for reference, staff training, collection development, and LIS instruction.
  • Uncover subject specific reference sources—both print and online resources.
  • Use Editor’s Guides to track the evolution of reference sources within disciplines.
  • Personalize Guide to Reference through user lists, notes, and sharing.
  • Connect from Guide to Reference to sources in your collection.
  • Set up a free trial!

Reserve your seat today!

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/691846491

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Discussion New! Video Tours of Guide to Reference

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 03:56 pm

Four video tours of some of Guide to Reference's powerful features are now online. Visit Guide to Reference at http://www.guidetoreference.org/ and click the "Take a Tour" button on the right side of the homepage.

Four video tours of some of Guide to Reference's powerful features are now online. Visit Guide to Reference at http://www.guidetoreference.org/ and click the "Take a Tour" button on the right side of the homepage.

  • Browse, Single-box Search, and Advanced Search
    See how to use the Guide's Browse, Single-box Search, and Advanced Search to quickly find authoritative sources.
  • Editor's Guides
    Take advantage of expert guidance offered in the Guide's introductory essays called Editor's Guides.
  • Interactive Features and Sharing
    Find out how to share the Guide's annotated entries using interactive features.
  • Connecting to Your Collection
    See how to locate sources described in the Guide's annotated entries.

Contact us at guidetoreference@ala.org if you have questions.

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Discussion RUSA announces 2010 reference and literary awards; award event video included

by Patrick Hogan (staff) on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 06:43 pm

RUSA’s 2010 selections for the best in adult reading, reviewing and reference for 2010.

See below for links to blog posts about each award—complete with the winners list—or check out this summary post:

http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2010/01/20/mw10-bookandmediaevent/

 

Discussion Free Booklist Webinar: Twenty-first Century Reference Collections

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 10:31 am

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
4:00 Eastern / 3:00 Central / 1:00 Pacific

Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist's Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group of library and publishing... experts as they talk about how the traditional reference collection is being transformed. Panelists include:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
4:00 Eastern / 3:00 Central / 1:00 Pacific

Reference collections are changing, driven by technology and new patterns of use. Join Booklist's Mary Ellen Quinn, Editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a group of library and publishing... experts as they talk about how the traditional reference collection is being transformed. Panelists include:

• David A. Tyckoson Associate Dean, Henry Madden Library, University of California Fresno
• Diana McDermott Vice President, Director of Marketing and Sales, M. E. Sharpe
• Vince Burns Executive Editorial Director, ABC-CLIO
• Jaime Hodge Managing Editor, World Book Online
• Darcy McCanless Professional Development Specialist, Encyclopaedia Britannica

Reserve your seat at
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/695319699

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Discussion RUSA "Best Free Reference Websites List" for 2009

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 01:46 pm

The Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA has released its "Best Free Reference Websites List" for 2009.

http://www.rusq.org/2009/11/28/best-free-reference-websites-eleventh-annual-list/

Discussion Webinar for LIS Instructors: Tips for integrating Guide to Reference into your teaching

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Thursday, December 3, 2009
3:00-4:00pm Central Time

Learn how your colleagues are effectively and efficiently integrating this valuable resource into their teaching to help provide practical job preparation. This webinar will familiarize you with the major features and benefits of Guide to Reference so you can easily incorporate the online resource into your own teaching—with free access.

Thursday, December 3, 2009
3:00-4:00pm Central Time

Learn how your colleagues are effectively and efficiently integrating this valuable resource into their teaching to help provide practical job preparation. This webinar will familiarize you with the major features and benefits of Guide to Reference so you can easily incorporate the online resource into your own teaching—with free access.

Webinar panelists will address:
• What your students need to prepare them for reference work
• How Guide to Reference makes teaching sources easier
• How to sign up for free access for you and your students, including through online course management systems
• Q&A

Click to reserve your seat today!
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/117821403

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Discussion Future Business Reference Librarians Sought for Student Conference Travel Award

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 09:40 am

The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) seeks applicants for the 2010 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, a cash award to assist a current library school student with an interest in business reference librarianship with attending the upcoming 2010 ALA Annual Conference.

The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) seeks applicants for the 2010 BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award, a cash award to assist a current library school student with an interest in business reference librarianship with attending the upcoming 2010 ALA Annual Conference.

Students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school program are encouraged to apply for this travel scholarship—a $1,000 cash award to cover travel expenses incurred for participating in the conference, June 24-29 in Washington, D.C. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career as a business reference librarian, as well as the potential to become a leader in the profession. The award committee will examine the applicant’s demonstrated coursework, internships, jobs, special projects and/or related activities.

For more information go to http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/november2009/brasstravelgrant_rusa.cfm.

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Discussion Fall "Reference Interview" Online Course

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 04:44 pm

Registration is now open for the fall session “The Reference Interview,” one of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) online courses. More info is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/development/referenceinterview/index.cfm.

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Guide to Reference is a public community for networking and information-sharing in support of reference services in all types of libraries. Initiated by editors of ALA's subscription database Guide to Reference, this community encourages interaction with the editorial team, by suggesting sources for inclusion, commenting on the relative merits of reference sources, or by joining the team of contributing editors. We encourage links and discussion around the sources and the service of reference.

 

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