April 2023 Online Learning with RUSA

The American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA), continues to offer an outstanding combination of repeat and new courses/webinars. Check out our list of upcoming programming below:

Reference Interview 101

Six-week asynchronous course beginning on Tuesday, April 4, 2023

A comprehensive six-week asynchronous course tailored for support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians and those librarians who want to brush up on their interview skills. This course will focus on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Introductory in nature, using images and text, this in-depth educational approach lead by instructor David Tyckoson, covers everything from the approachability of the librarians to how to follow up with patrons.

Shared Goals to Enhance Library Planning: Using Academic Unit Strategic Plans to Build Library Services

90-minute live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Many librarians have experience tracking and reporting how their services impact library and university strategic plans, but how many have reviewed goals at the college level? Librarians in this workshop will learn the typical phases of the strategic planning process and understand ways they can keep up-to-date with the process, learn about the parts of a typical strategic plan, analyze college strategic plans for library application, and craft messaging that aligns library services and strategic goals of the unit.

The speakers LuMarie Guth and Ilana Stonebraker have researched how librarians can use college-level accreditation standards to coordinate library services.

Developing Collections on Gender Relations and Feminism in the Twenty-Century: Part One

90-minute live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The changes in gender relations around the world have been astounding in the past fifty years. These changes  have involved contradictory developments involving both forward movement and backlash. Different currents in feminist theory have also responded to these changes in different ways. The presenter, Frieda Afary, is an Iranian American public librarian, translator, and author of Social Feminism: A New Approach. She is the 2023-2024 co-chair of PEN America’s Translation Committee.

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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 www.rusaupdate.org.