2023 RUSA Virtual Forum: Reference and User Services Re-Imagined

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) will host its 2nd Annual RUSA Virtual Forum March 28 and 30. The Forum will offer two nonconsecutive days of programs dedicated to showcasing the work of its section groups and professional best practices for our nation’s library workers in reference, user services, adult readers advisory and collection development as well as resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology. 

Under the Forum theme “Reference and User Services Re-Imagined”, we will share what Reference and User Services Librarians are doing to make their services known and their voices heard. What are they doing that is new and different in re-imaging services for the next generation of library users.

The event will offer an Opening Keynote Session by Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Caroline, Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, PH.D., M.ED., MLS. 

Additional session titles include; One for the History Books, Drafting Guidelines for Secondary Source Literacy for History; Achievement Unlocked!: Video Game Collection Development and Reference for Libraries; Framing Our Work: Mapping Threshold Concepts to the Reference Interview; STARS Access to Resources-Course Reserves & Streaming Media; Reimaging business outreach and instruction: Just Do it; Wrangling Institutional Advisory Efforts: How One Public Library System Created a Platform for All Format, All Ages Advisory Services; and, Reimaging Library Learning Experiences for Novice Undergraduate Students. 

RUSA sections and interest groups such as Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS); Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES); Emerging Technologies Section (ETS); History Section (HS); Reference Services Section (RSS); Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Sections (STARS); and special interest group and First-Year Experience will share best practices, and all attendees will receive a certificate of completion. 

ALA eLearning mirrors the evolving learning needs of the library and information community. ALA’s eLearning platform will host “Reference and User Services Re-Imagined” and is the leading content provider of courses, webinars, and customized eLearning content for both library workers and library institutions of all types. The site will make it easy for individual library staff members and institutional customers to participate in a wide range of professional development events.

Registration for RUSA members is significantly lower than for nonmembers. To learn more about the event, register for the Forum, or become a RUSA member, please visit https://www.ala.org/rusa/rusa-virtual-forum-reference-and-user-services-re-imagined 

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