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The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is a division of the American Library Association.  RUSA serves all types of libraries in reference, user services, adult readers advisory and collection development as well as resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology.

RUSA has six specialty sections that are free to RUSA members:

  • Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS): your station for expertise on all aspects of business reference.  Members come from all kinds of libraries- public, academic, and corporate.
  • Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES): the place in ALA for reference/user services librarians and staff from all types of libraries to discuss the rapidly changing landscape of collection development, readers’ advisory, and publishing.
  • Emerging Technology Section (ETS): serving reference information service providers who leverage emerging technologies to deliver the highest quality services to our users. This section advocates for, promotes and strengthens user environments and interactions, as well as the creation of innovative information resources, as part of the continuum of reference and user services in libraries.
  • History Section (HS): representing the subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians, and others engaged in historical reference or research. It brings together representatives of history collections in all formats from all types of libraries, archives, and historical societies.
  • Reference Services Section (RSS): representing the interests of frontline librarians, information specialists, and library support staff engaged in all aspects of reference and information service across all types of libraries. RSS works to ensure that reference and information services are kept current and relevant in the context of the ever-changing needs and interests of library users.
  • Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS): addressing the interests of librarians and library staff involved with interlibrary loan, document delivery, remote circulation, access services, cooperative reference, cooperative collection development, remote storage, and other shared library services as well as providers of products and services which support resource sharing.

RUSA also has Interest Groups that are open to all, both RUSA members and non-members:

  • Financial Literacy Interest Group: Many libraries of all types are involved or want to be involved in providing financial literacy programming, financial reference assistance, personal finance collections, and other library services and resources that support their users’ information needs for financial decision-making. This RUSA interest group is focused on sharing ideas and building a community around those already engaged in or interested in exploring the topic of financial literacy and libraries.
  • First Year Experience: The purpose of this IG is to share ideas and develop new connections for future collegiality and support. Topics for discussions include but are not limited to retention improvements, introduction to higher education research skills development, outreach, first generation students, international students, students enrolled simultaneously in high school and college (dual enrollment programs), reference services, etc.
  • Shared Collections: This IG will focus on the topic of Shared Collections, which can encompass shared print initiatives, shared storage facilities, and prospective sharing of collections through cooperative collection development.