Don’t Miss these Upcoming CE offerings from RUSA

The outstanding CE offerings of the American Library Association- Reference and User Services Division (RUSA) continue with a combination of repeat and new courses/webinars. Check out our list of upcoming programming below:

Who Manages, Who Leads Part One: Developing Your Career Plan

Four-week asynchronous course beginning on Monday, May 1, 2023

Managers and leaders often emerge serendipitously from their prior experiences and the needs and expectations of the administration. Yes, some managers and leaders are born, but others develop through training, mentoring, and a commitment to lifelong learning. This course prepares new managers to excel in their positions and grow into leadership roles. The four-week interactive self-paced program led by Debra Lucas requires a total of 15 hours of dedication.

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

75-minute live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 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. This second part of the 2 part series will offer a guide to works representing additional feminist theories of gender oppression as well as feminist alternatives. 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.

Taking Charge of Your Career: Creating & Assessing Your Development Plan

75-minute live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Librarians will learn how to use the “RUSA Professional Competencies” and the resources available in, Competency-Based Career Planning, to access their professional skills and abilities, create and implement individual plans for professional development, and assess their progress in enhancing their professional skills and abilities. The presenter, Jo Bell Whitatch, has extensive library experience covering thre academic libraries in many areas, including collection management, acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, and library management.

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

90-minute live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, 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.

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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