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Buzz e-learning – RUSA & ASCLA online courses incl Business & Geo-Spatial

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**Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience New!

October 20 – November 23, 2014, (Five live course chat meetings Thursdays 1:00 – 2:00pm CST)

This five week course will explore portrayals of the incarceration experience in juvenile and young adult literature. Read more.

Register now!**CEUs are available for this course! 


Portal, Platform, Public Option: An introduction and overview of the Digital Public Library of America, (DPLA) New!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 2:00 p.m. CST

This presentation explores how we view the DPLA: as a portal, a technical platform, and an advocate for the public good. Read more. Register now!

ASCLA represents librarians serving special populations; independent librarians and consultants; state library agencies; and library networks, cooperatives and consortia. Check out the division’s upcoming activities and important, ongoing work in the library community at

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Business Reference 101  New!

September 22 – October 17, 2014

Feel more confident when faced with a business reference question and demystify SIC and NAICS codes, ROI and 10k’s!

Read more.  Register now!

Reference Interview New!

September 22 – October 31, 2014

This course focuses 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. Read more. Register now!

Introduction to Economic Data on the Web New!

October 6 – November 2, 2014

Students will be given background information on economic concepts and terms essential to understanding economic reference questions. Read moreRegister now!

Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping New!

October 6 – 26, 2014

This three week course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users. Read more. Register now!

Readers’ Advisory 101 New!

October 13 – November 30, 2014 (Chats on Thursdays, Time 3 p.m. CST)

Be more comfortable using readers’ advisory services. RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal, and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Read more. Register now!

Genealogy 101 New!

October 27 – November 30, 2014

An introduction to American genealogy reference service, the class will give students confidence and skills in assisting family history researchers.

Read more. Registration now!

**Reaching Every Patron New! 

October 6 – November 2, 2014

This course will include introductions and discussions about assessing which population your library wants to create inclusive and accessible programming. Read moreRegistration now! **CEUs are available for this course! 

Xtreme Bibliographic Searching for Interlibrary Loan & Reference New!

Fall (TBD), 2014 (Live Sessions on Thursdays, Time 1 p.m. CST)

This four-week class, will take you from Mansel Pre 56 to Digital Repositories, DOAJ to Trove to HathiTrust. Don’t know those terms, then this course is for you!

Read more. Registration not open yet.

Free and archived webinars are available here!

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. Check out the division’s upcoming activities and important, ongoing work in the library community at


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Air Force Library Funding & Future USAF Plans

Recent action by ALA via the Federal/Armed Forces Librarians Round Table (FAFLRT):

From ALA Documents:

Resolution to Support Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries (CD43): passed

Resolved that the American Library Association, of behalf of its members:

  1. urges the United States Congress to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF) to restore funding to Air Force Base and Command Libraries to FY2011 levels for staffing, materials, services and programs; and
  2. urges the Administration, DoD and USAF to develop responsible information and budget management strategies for Air Force Base and Command Libraries that align them directly with appropriated funds, rather than through base operations, where library funding is vulnerable to additional local cuts.

And then there was this recent article …..  the question remains, how to get from here to there without vital information.

Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility’


Via Sharon Lenius.

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[Webinar] User Experience Research: Register by Aug. 6

Tuesday, Aug. 6, is the last day to sign up for RUSA’s webinar “User Experience Research 101”.


**Know someone who would be interested in this webinar? PLEASE SHARE this information with your colleagues, other listservs, etc.**


 You may be asking yourself, “What is user experience design and research? And where do I get started?” This webinar can help you answer both of those questions.

 Using real world examples, “User Experience Research 101”, which will take place Wed., August 7, 2:00-3:30p.m. Central, will introduce the concept of user experience, research planning, and practical research methods–including focus groups, web analytics, participatory design and interaction design–to librarians who may not have formal training in user experience research.

 Who Should Attend: This webinar is focused on reference librarians who are interested in using usability and user experience methods to improve services at their libraries; this includes both librarians and staff who manage their libraries’ virtual presence (web sites, mobile apps or CMS) as well as librarians and staff interested in improving cross channel user experience.

 More detailed information about this webinar’s content and learning objectives is at the RUSA website:

 This webinar will be followed up with a second webinar, “How to Conduct Usability Studies: A Librarian Primer”, scheduled for Sept. 4. More information here:

 Registration for “User Experience Research 101” starts at $40 for RUSA members. Group rates are available, and there’s also 15% savings available when you register for both this webinar and “How to Conduct Usability Studies.” Pricing details and more registration info can be found on the RUSA Online Learning page:



Questions about registration? Contact or 800-545-2433, option 5.

Non-registration questions? Contact RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill at


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Join free Google Hangout July 30: Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later

The American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., will host national library, education, technology, legal and policy experts for a national symposium considering the impact of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on access to electronic information July 29 and 30. Librarians nationwide can join the virtual conversation with two Google Hangouts on July 30.

The first Hangout will start at 11:00a.m. EDT and focus on an “Introduction and Overview of CIPA 10 Years Later.” The second one will share “Symposium Themes and Conclusions” starting at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Participants will join a wide range of experts as they share insights looking at legal, ethical, and political implications of how the CIPA requirements have been implemented in the past 10 years. Did CIPA meet its intended goals, and have there been unintended consequences?

“Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later” is part of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Office for Intellectual Freedom’s (OIF) larger project on CIPA and access to information, made possible through support of Google, Inc. A white paper will be released this fall.

Here’s how to join the conversation:

  • You can watch the live stream directly on YouTube on the ALA Washington Office channel ( ALA will tweet the URL using #CIPA_ALA13 at 10:45am EDT, right before the Hangout goes live.
  • You can also tweet @oitp using our hash tag #CIPA_ALA13. We’ll be watching the Twitter feed and passing these comments to the speakers, as well.

Participants are encouraged to actively share their experiences, reflections and questions via tweets and online comment boards. ALA will use the back-channel conversation to inform our ongoing work on libraries and the impacts of filtering on access to information.

The Hangouts also will be archived on the ALA Washington Office YouTube channel after the event.

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FAFLRT Programs at ALA; Webcast opportunity

Join your federal colleagues during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference!  New this year: the morning programs will be webcast!

All FAFLRT events will be held on Sunday, June 30.

8:30-10:00 am  Careers in Federal Libraries

10:30-11:30 am  Library Internships: Best Practices

12:00-1:00 pm  FAFLRT Awards Reception

1:00-2:00 pm  FAFLRT Membership Meeting

On-site location: Exchange Room of the InterContinental Hotel, 505 North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile.  Times are CDT. Read the full story

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