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CFP: Reference Research Forum (RUSA at ALA Annual 2016)

By sgodbey on September 30, 2015 10:38 AM | Permalink

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites the submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the 22nd Reference Research Forum at the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research
projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s

Call for Speakers - RSS Discussion Forum in San Francisco

By sgodbey on April 7, 2015 11:20 AM | Permalink

Call for Speakers:

WHAT: 5-minute Lightning Round Presentations at the Reference Services Section (RSS) Discovery Services Committee Discussion Forum

THEME: Examining Discovery Platforms within the New Framework of Information Literacy

WHEN: 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco on Sunday, June 28th, from 3-4 pm.

MORE INFO: For the forum 15-20 minutes will be reserved for the speakers followed by Q&A and roundtable discussions. Each table will discuss their ideas related to the talks and their experiences with information literacy and discovery platforms.

This discussion forum will explore the innovative ways that librarians have used Discovery Tools for information literacy and pose possibilities for the future. As the new Information Literacy Framework is unrolled, this forum will consider how instruction overviews of discovery tools have changed or may change in the future. Presenters will briefly explain how they have updated their instructional presentations of discovery tools over time. Participants are encouraged to discuss these topics further details and add their own insight.

DEADLINE PASSED: Call For Proposals - RUSA/RSS Discussion Forum

By nfawley on March 6, 2014 11:44 AM | Permalink

Lead a discussion, see your name in print and find your way to stardom!  Submit a discussion forum proposal to the RUSA/RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee.  Details are below.

Description:   The RUSA/RSS Discussion Forums Coordinating Committee is soliciting topic proposals for discussion at ALA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 – July 1, 2014.  The purpose of the discussion forum is to provide a venue for reference practitioners to discuss reference related topics of current importance and to exchange ideas.   You know you love to talk about reference.  Here’s your chance to network with other reference fanatics!

What to Include in Your Proposal:

The following elements need to be addressed in your proposal:

·         A clear, concise description of the discussion topic's issues

Incorporating Texting into Virtual Referece

By Darcy Del Bosque on October 28, 2008 1:57 PM | Permalink
Virtual Reference is getting a face lift at many institutions and librarians are starting to take notice of the fact that students are constantly using their cell phones for texting.

Here are some examples:
California State University Monterey Bay
University of Pittsburgh
Southeastern Louisiana University
College of Charleston

Technology that can be used to create a texting service:
Text A Librarian

For unique ways of using texting to market the library see the Library Bytes Blog.