September Online Learning with RUSA

The American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA), kicks off a new year of learning. We will be offering a combination of repeat and new courses/webinars. Check out our list of upcoming programming below:

Creating Inclusive and Engaging Online Library Instruction

Four-week course beginning on Monday, September 13, 2021

During this course, participants will develop an understanding of the key elements of effective and inclusive online instruction in all types of settings from tutorials to single-session instruction sessions to multi-week classes. Students will be introduced not only to tools that can make online instruction more effective and engaging, but also important educational theories and models that they can apply to restructure their instruction to better reach an online audience.

The instructor, Carli Spina, is the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the FIT Library.

Building Your UX Toolkit

75-minute live webinar on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

What’s in your User Experience (UX) Toolkit?

This webinar will cover essential, low-cost and low barriers techniques and tools that are foundation to improving user experience in library services and spaces, and collaboratively developing user-centered solutions.

Whether you’re new to UX, or a seasoned veteran in this area, you’ll discover something new to ponder.

Presenters are Courtney McDonald, Associate Professor, User Experience Librarian at University of Colorado and Kristen Meyer, User Experience Librarian & Area Lead for Strategi Planning at Grand Valley State University

Design and Marketing for Libraries-Sept 2021

Four- week course beginning on Monday, September 20, 2021

This course will teach student how to market their library to send positive messages, advocate, promote and engage with their users. Ideal for librarians and library staff of any type (public, academic, etc) that are responsible for or involved with promoting the library via social media and other engagement tools.

The instructor, Jennifer Blair, is the Head of User Services, Librarian and Assistant Professor at Azusa Pacific University.

Realizing the Untapped Potential of VR/AR for Libraries

90-minute live webinar on Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Join us for this exciting overview of Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR) technologies. Curious about implementing VR and/or AR devices in your library? Or do you want to explore ways to expand your current VR/AR applications in your library? Learn how these exciting technologies can be used to enhance your library services and assist in resource discovery.

The presenters are: Matthew Cook, Digital Scholarship Program Manager at Harvard Library; Dr. Valerie Hill; Zack Lischer-Katz; and Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager at the University of Michigan Library.

Don’t see a topic that interest you, check out our full listings here or submit a proposal form here.

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more at