RUSA President Update

Cynthia Johnson, RUSA President 2022-23

Dear RUSA Members,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful December. This Update will focus on some highlights from the December 11th RUSA Board meeting.

We heard an exciting update from the RUSA Nominating Committee regarding the RUSA slate for 2023. Thank you in advance to everyone on the Nominating Committee. I also want to send a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered to stand for election for the various leadership positions throughout our organization.

The Board also discussed updating RUSA’s Strategic Priorities. If thinking strategically about our organization interests you, stay tuned for more information in 2023.

The Board also brainstormed about the idea of creating an internship-like program for RUSA Student members. The program would provide some financial support to attend the conference and ensure that the intern(s) have opportunities to learn more about both RUSA and ALA. I would love to hear from you if you have ideas about how to make a RUSA student member internship at ALA’s annual conference meaningful.

These are only some highlights from the December 11th Board meeting. If you would like to see what else we discussed, the Agenda is available here and a recording of the meeting is here. All Board agendas and recordings of our meetings can be found on ALA Connect. And remember, the Board meetings are open to any RUSA member to attend. Our next Board meeting is scheduled for February 14, 2023.

I also want to give a shout out to the RUSA Budget and Finance Committee’s Town Hall on December 5th. The Chair of Budget and Finance, Jenny McElroy, reported on the progress made in our financial pivot strategy and provided a clear and positive overview of where RUSA is financially.

I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that await RUSA in 2023 and I hope you are too. Happy holidays!

Cynthia A. Johnson

RUSA President, 2022-2023

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