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

Online Courses

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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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