Reference Services Section events at Midwinter

Going to Midwinter?  Involved in reference?  Still putting together your schedule?  Consider the following RUSA Reference Services Section discussion groups to go along with your committee meetings. Full details and complete list of committee meeting and discussion groups are available on the RSS Events page.

CODES/RSS Dual Assignments Discussion Group: Training Collection Development Librarians
Saturday, January 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
"focusing on in-house training for collection development librarians, either new to the profession, new to the institution, or new to the discipline. This discussion on practices and procedures will be both informative and lively as participants talk about how they teach colleagues to successfully handle this complex range of responsibilities."

Bustin' Loose:  Discussion Group Session on Providing Reference Service Away from the Reference Desk
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"providing reference service away from the reference desk. This includes roving reference, reference service in other campus buildings, kiosks in malls, and virtual reference done away from the reference desk."

Catalog Use Committee Discussion:  Real World Ideas for You and Your Catalog
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"discussion topics will include: 1. Should you have to teach the catalog? If so, what are different words to use when teaching the catalog to different groups? 2. Pushing the catalog out to users using RSS feeds, PDA’s, LibX, WorldCat, and Google. 3. Tech services and front-line reference, talking to each other 4. Assessment and Usability, information seeking behavior in different age groups 5. Web 2.0 and the Catalog, Amazon, LibraryThing, etc. as discovery tools and other web 2.0 enhancements." Facebook event invitation

Marketing and Public Relations Committee Discussion:  As the Definition of Reference Changes–How Do We Market It?
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"implications of marketing reference services, as the definition of reference changes."

Reference Services in Public Libraries Discussion Group
Sunday, January 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
"discussion on continued relevance in reference: strengthening and improving our services to the community. This is an opportunity to participate with your colleagues in an informal exchange of information and ideas about issues of mutual interest relating to reference services in public libraries of all sizes."

Performance Issues of Reference & Information Librarians Discussion Group
Monday, January 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
"discussion of common challenges relating to performance issues in reference services."

Disclosure statement: I currently serve on the Reference Services Section's Web Advisory Committee. 

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