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Event RUSA President's Program - It's Complicated: Navigating the dynamic landscapes of digital literacy, collapsing contexts, and big data

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

We have more access to more information than ever before, while others have more access to data about us than ever before. This ecosystem of “big data” introduces a myriad of challenges as the public grapples with privacy, digital literacy, the politics of algorithms, and collapsing contexts across social media. Librarians, long the patron saint of information, have a crucial role to play in helping guide the conversation.

We have more access to more information than ever before, while others have more access to data about us than ever before. This ecosystem of “big data” introduces a myriad of challenges as the public grapples with privacy, digital literacy, the politics of algorithms, and collapsing contexts across social media. Librarians, long the patron saint of information, have a crucial role to play in helping guide the conversation. In this talk, danah boyd will weave together her research on youth culture with her analysis of the “big data” phenomenon to discuss the role of libraries and librarians in a data-soaked world. Sponsored by the RUSA President’s Program Planning Committee and the RUSA Just Ask Task Force.

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Event Acquisitions, Collection Development, Electronic Resources, and ILL, Oh My!: Connecting Users to What They Want!

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

STARS ILL committee proposes a lightning round session covering the following topics: 1) How patron ILL requests influence collection development; 2) How demand driven acquisition of physical and electronic books affect interlibrary loan; 3) Outline the changes made by one Interlibrary Loan department to adapt to the current ILL environment; 4) What Occam’s Reader can do to allow interlibrary loan of electronic books.

Event Connecting Communities: Documenting and Sharing Asian American Heritage

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 07:15 pm

This program will be a panel discussion about Asian American Records and Local History. Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).

Event RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 07:15 pm

Join RUSA colleagues and celebrate this year's outstanding achievement award winners!

Event Business Reference in Public Libraries Forum (RUSA_BRASS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 07:15 pm

Revenue Streams for Libraries: Naming rights, corporate sponsorships, crowd funding, and other non-levy type revenue sources. This panel will present methods and procedures designed to help libraries attain a better financial position by tapping into the abundance of opportunities that exist for them today. Topics will include how to properly value various assets for sponsorship by advertisers, contract and legal considerations for naming rights, and how to utilize crowdfunding in support of specific projects.

Event Advocating for a Library Future

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 07:07 pm

How do we protect our libraries for future generations? Despite overwhelming community support for libraries, budget cuts have reduced hours and services; prompted layoffs, hiring freezes, and deprofessionalization; and threatened collections and locations. Learn how library workers have united with patrons and the community to preserve adequately staffed libraries and expand essential services in a “more with less” environment. Organized by AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee.

Event Literary Tastes

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 07:07 pm

Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their works and the craft of writing while enjoying the company of other book lovers. This year we are featuring Katherine Addison (Goblin Emperor), Amy Belding Brown (Flight of the Sparrow), Stuart Rojstaczer (The Mathematician's Shiva), Jo Walton (My Real Children) and Ashley Weaver (Murder at the Brightwell) followed by a book signing with each. All Annual Conference registrants are invited! Light refreshments served. This event is sponsored by Penguin RandomHouse, Macmillan Publishers, and Ingram Content Group.

Discussion Call for RUSA Blog Correspondents at ALA 2015

by Courtney McDonald on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Participate in the 2015 annual meeting by applying to be an official Blog Correspondent for the new RUSA Blog, RUSA Voices (http://blog.rusa.ala.org/)!

Participate in the 2015 annual meeting by applying to be an official Blog Correspondent for the new RUSA Blog, RUSA Voices (http://blog.rusa.ala.org/)!

Blog Correspondents will help division members – and others - catch up on exciting RUSA programming they missed, and provide insights into the meeting for those who couldn’t make it to San Francisco. Apply to blog in a specific category below or suggest your own angle for coverage. Some categories may have multiple correspondents.

A few lines of ‘small print’

  • Preference will be given to current RUSA members.
  • Blog correspondents will be expected to submit articles for posting to RUSA Voices (http://blog.rusa.ala.org/) as soon as possible or within 10 days of the conclusion of Annual Conference; Bloggers agreeing to provide daily wrap-ups should submit articles by midnight PDT on the day being covered.
  • Correspondents will work with various RUSA and ETS section staff and/or committee members to publicize postings.

Apply online at:

http://goo.gl/forms/VCtXbqbyji 

Applications will be accepted through 11:59pm PDT on June 15. Those selected will be notified and provided with additional information by Wednesday June 17.

Contact Courtney Greene McDonald (crgreene@indiana.edu) or Shannon Jones (joneshan@musc.edu) for more information.

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Event Whacking the Weeds in the Library: Deaccessioning Print and Digital Materials in the 21st Century and Beyond

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

This program will include a public, academic, and community college librarian to discuss strategies for weeding/deaccessioning materials in their libraries and how to do so in ways that make providing user services more effective.

Event Library Guides in an Era of Discovery Layers

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Panelists will discuss the relevance, role, and practical optimization of library guides in light of both discovery layers and enhanced platforms such as LibGuides v2.

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The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is responsible for stimulating and supporting excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials to adults, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library.

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