Start 2021 off the right way and come together with RUSA for our next Town Hall to discuss services in a time of COVID-19!
This 90 minute Town Hall will spotlight the RUSA Sections and how sections, section members, and their organizations have responded to operating during the ongoing pandemic. (Registration Free!)
Confirmed topics and presenters include:
Title: Resource Sharing During COVID 19
Jessica Bower Relevo, Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org , Resource Sharing and Reserve Services Librarian, Yale University
Abstract: A brief overview of trends and accommodations Resource Sharing units have been instituting in reaction to pandemic restrictions. This includes new or expanded mail to address services and curbside pickup services, new tech developments from resource sharing vendors, and billing/due date accommodations between libraries and users.
Title: On the Front Lines: Reference Services during the Pandemic
Melissa Del Castillo, email@example.com, Virtual Learning & Outreach Librarian, Florida International University
Taina Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org, Regional Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
Rebecca Eve Graff, email@example.com, Research Librarian, Southern Methodist University
Allan M. Kleiman, firstname.lastname@example.org, Director, Montville Township (NJ) Public Library
Abstract: The presentation will cover COVID-19’s impact on reference, from changes in our services to challenges on the part of our patrons. Learn what’s worked, what to avoid, and what may be next.
Abstract: The History Section will share how we have provided access to sources, particularly primary source materials, during COVID. We will share some of the resources we found most helpful and some of the strategies we employed to meet the needs of our communities.
Title: Bridging the Digital Divide During the Pandemic
Seti Keshmiripour and Ashley Johnson
Abstract: Many libraries have had to close public spaces during the pandemic. As a result, the gap between those with the technology to access information and those without has become noticeably wider. This presentation will give an overview of how libraries are bridging the digital divide during COVID-19 with some specific examples from ETS members.
Title: Addressing Textbook Access Issues and Student Success by Pursuing Institutional Access to e-Textbooks
Julie Murphy, email@example.com , Collection Assessment Librarian, Illinois State University
Rachel Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Dean for Information Assets, Illinois State University
Anne Shelley, email@example.com, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Illinois State University
Mallory Jallas, firstname.lastname@example.org, Student Success Librarian, Illinois State University
Rachel Park, email@example.com, Electronic Resources Librarian, Illinois State University
Abstract: Textbook affordability has long been a problem detrimental to student success, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue in multiple ways. Illinois State University is investigating the impact for students of pursuing institutional licenses to select electronic textbooks that offer a favorable benefit-cost ratio.
Title: Engaging Members in the time of COVID-19
Alan Witt, Business Librarian, SUNY Geneseo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Scott, Business Liaison, University of San Francisco Gleeson, email@example.com
Julia Martin, Business Librarian, University of Toledo, Julia.Martin@utoledo.edu
Abstract: An introduction to BRASS’s activities and its annual symposium as a model for providing quality content to engage members in the time of COVID-19.