RUSA @ 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

*all times are Central Time

Thursday, June 24, 2021

11:00am – 12:00pm
HS – All Committee Meeting

Representatives from the RUSA-HS Executive Board will provide a brief update. RUSA HS committees will then have a chance to meet in breakout rooms. All current and prospective members of RUSA HS are welcome to attend. You do not have to be a current committee member in order to participate.

CODES – Vice-Chairs Meeting

Meeting for RUSA CODES officers and members

12:15 – 1:15pm
Shared Collections Interest Group Meeting

Discussion focusing on the topic of Shared Collections, which can encompass shared print initiatives, shared storage facilities, and prospective sharing of collections through cooperative collection development.

BRASS – Committee Expo/Meeting

Not sure what BRASS has been up to or how to get involved? Appointed to a new committee and don’t know what to expect? Attend the Committee Expo to learn about what the BRASS Committees have been up to in the past year. Representatives from each committee will briefly introduce their work. 

2:15 – 3:15pm
First Year Experience Meeting Interest Group-2021 Discussion Event

Join your FYE colleagues for this annual discussion event of the RUSA FYE Interest Group. Hear lightening round style presentations from our colleagues, followed by a Q&A Session. Discussion topics may include continuing service/support challenges during COVID-19, emergence of re-population challenges, and what will the “new normal” look like (and when). 

HS – History Librarians Discussion Group

Join RUSA History for  discussion of current issues in history librarianship. More information about specific topics will be shared at a later date. 

3:00 – 4:00pm
2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Ceremony

Celebrate the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence at an exciting virtual gala hosted by Booklist and RUSA. This free, one-hour celebration is sponsored by NoveList. 

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3:30 – 4:30pm
ETS – Executive Committee Meeting

Business meeting for the Emerging Technology Section Executive Committee

STARS – All Committee Meeting

Meeting of the RUSA Board and Executive Committee

Friday, June 25, 2021

10:00 – 11:00am
BRASS – Discussion Group

A wide ranging discussion on business reference, instruction, and collection development.

11:15 – 12:15pm
ETS Services for Systems and Discovery Committee Meeting

We will be hosting our annual committee meeting and reviewing webinar results/ideas as well as future committee programming ideas. 

How to Craft Your Engaging Continuing Education Proposal Discussion Group

Got an idea for a professional development webinar or an online course? Bring your questions to the RUSA Professional Development Committee for an interactive discussion about what makes an online learning proposal successful. The committee will share their proposal evaluation insights, including scope, time allocation, and audience participation. This session will engage attendees in co-creating successful strategies to craft a strong proposal to contribute to the professional world

Taylor Ralph, Librarian Marquette University
Ninah Moore, Program Officer-Continuing Education, ALA-RUSA

1:00pm – 2:00pm
STARS ILL Discussion Group

The RUSA STARS ILL Discussion Group stimulates conversation and encourages knowledge sharing about current concerns, issues and best practices related to ILL and resource sharing at the national level. 

RSS User Services in Public Libraries Committee Meeting

2:15 – 3:15pm
BRASS – New Business Librarians Discussion Group

A discussion focused on the needs of business librarians in their first five years of service.

CODES – All Committee Meeting

3:30 – 4:30pm
BRASS Leadership Council Committee Meeting

Meeting of the BRASS leadership body

HS-Genealogy and Local History Discussion Group

Join RUSA History colleagues for a discussion on current topics in the area of genealogy and local history.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

10:30 – 11:30am
RUSA President’s Program – Access for All: Perspectives on Accessibility

Join us for an engaging panel covering a variety of aspects related to accessibility

Carrie Banks, Inclusive Service Department Head, Brooklyn Public Library

Amy Deschenes, Head of UX & Digital Accessibility, Harvard Library
Mark Freeman, Director of Library Programming, Planning & Design, Perry Dean Rogers | Partners Architects
Alan S. Inouye, Sr. Director Public Policy & Government Relations, ALA
Reed Strege, Library Programs Administrator, California State Library

11:45am – 12:45pm
CODES – Discussion Group

1:30 – 2:30pm
FYE – What Will Campus Re-Population Look Like? Discussion Group

Covid continues to present challenges for library services to first-year students and their instructors. The past year has caused much change, sometimes quickly. Covid isolation and remote learning have opened new doors of communication and at the same time resulted in stress for students and instructors. As campuses begin to return to students and instructors being physically on campus, what are the challenges for first-year experience library services? How do we know what to plan for? Does the past year provide fodder for experiential planning, or are we going to spend another year moving forward without a clear sight of the future? Or, some combination of both? What did we learn in the past year, and how can that knowledge help us to be prepared for re-population?

ETS Member Meeting Discussion Group

2:45 – 3:45pm
FAFLIG Annual Meeting

Annual meeting of the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Interest Group

Accessibility Assembly Annual Meeting

Annual meeting of the Accessibility Assembly

4:00 – 5:00pm
FAFLIG Meet and Greet

Join members of the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Interest Group for an online meet and greet.

Monday, June 28, 2021

10:30 – 11:30am
RUSA Board of Directors Meeting

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