Happy New Year!

Registration for "Genealogy 101", an online course offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), closes this Thursday, Jan. 10.

REGISTER NOW: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=L

"Genealogy 101" is one of many upcoming courses from RUSA and ASCLA, divisions of ALA; scroll down for a complete list and links to complete course descriptions and learning objectives.
Course topics include accessibility (ASCLA), readers' advisory, business reference, interlibrary loan, spatial literacy and online mapping...and more!

Are you part of a state library or a large public or university library network? We can arrange for a private offering of many of these courses for groups of 20 or more participants.
Contact our web manager, Andrea Hill, at [log in to unmask] (mailto:[log in to unmask]) for more information.
Group discounts for two or more participants from the same library are also available; links to rates and registration forms are included below.

** Register online now! (http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=L)
Registration information for ASCLA, including groups (http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaevents/onlinelearning/onlinelearning)
Registration information for RUSA, including groups (http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece)
Questions about registration? Contact [log in to unmask] or 1-800-545-2433, option 5.


Genealogy 101: Jan. 14-Feb. 17, 2013

This course is designed for reference staff with little to no experience in genealogy. Using a case study to frame the coursework, participants will learn about tools and techniques they can use to confidently assist patrons with family history research. A review of archival material, print reference tools and online sources is included in the curriculum.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/development/genealogy101/index.cfm

Readers’ Advisory 101: Jan. 27-Mar. 7

Through practice sessions, participants will learn from instructor and RA expert Joyce Saricks how to use RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Readers' Advisory 101 is tailored for those at all types of libraries—support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians and those librarians who want to brush up on their skills. The topics covered are introductory in nature. This course has scheduled weekly meeting times on Thursdays; exact meeting times are TBD.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/development/readersadvisory101/index.cfm

Business Reference 101: Feb. 4-March 1, 2013
Appropriate for librarians and library staff of all types who wish to acquire business reference expertise, Business Reference 101 will demystify such topics as SIC, NAICS codes, ROI and 10ks. Students will also have access to proprietary business reference databases. This consistently sold-out course will be taught by Celia Ross, past chair of RUSA’s Brass section and an experienced facilitator and practitioner in the business reference field.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/development/businessreference101/index.cfm

Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping: Feb. 11-Mar. 3, 2013

Through podcasts and hands-on assignments, participants in “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” will explore uses for geographic information systems (GIS) technology within organizations and also its social uses beyond simple cartography. The course also covers the how-to of online mapping tools such as Google Earth, ArcExplorer, Scribble Maps and Google Maps. The course content is especially relevant for public or reference librarians who want to organize information in a visual or geographic way to benefit the work of the library, to make information available to the community or any number of needs.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/spatialliteracy

Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities: Feb. 18 - Mar. 17, 2013
Two live course chat meetings: Thursday, February 28, 3-4 pm Central Time and Thursday, March 14, 3-4 pm Central Time

The information in this course is vital for all levels of staff--from the part-time aide checking out library materials, to the library director determining policies. Cultivating staff skills and positive attitudes surrounding library and resource accessibility are crucial for a satisfactory library experience. During this online course, participants will identify library users with disabilities at their library and the resources and assistive technologies available to assist them; examine changes in attitudes, laws and technologies that have impacted people with disabilities; and recommend changes in personal and organizational behaviors to improve services for people with disabilities at their library.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaevents/onlinelearning/libraryservices

Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS: Mar. 25-Apr. 8, 2013

This three week course incorporates the geospatial literacy and mapping skills developed in the course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” and teaches how to apply it in library services. Librarians in any information resource position will be able to apply their newly developed Web 2.0 mapping skills in their reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and promotion.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/spatialliteracy2

Reference Interview:  Apr. 8-May 19, 2013

A comprehensive course focusing 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. Other topics include approachability, questioning and listening techniques and the reference interview environment. Chat sessions will model interviewing techniques using sample dialogues. Who should attend: support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians, and those librarians who want to brush up on their interview skills; topics are of interest to all types of libraries.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/referenceinterview

Interlibrary Loan 101: April 22 - May 19, 2013
Live Sessions on Mon and Wed, 1-2p.m. Central Time

Topics covered: ILL process, policies and procedures from both the borrowing and lending perspectives, copyright law and licensing impacts on ILL, and ILL resources and systems. Participants will learn standard practices, gain an overview of emerging trends, and practice writing policies for interlibrary borrowing and lending. Who should attend: New ILL managers and practitioners in all types of libraries, especially academic and public libraries.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/interlibraryloan

Health Information: Dates TBD

IACET CEU’s offered for this course. This six-week course will demystify and decode medical terminology and also cover the basics of evidence-based biomedical literature searching. Participants will learn how to systematically evaluate a health website and then look at some the best of best sites for medical, pharmaceutical and drug information. The course covers the business of healthcare: PPACA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HealthIT and HITECH, Meaningful Use, Physician and Hospital Rankings & Ratings and the Personal Health Record. Students will also participate in a discussion of health literacy issues and how to create partnerships with hospital and academic medical librarians through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Get more information: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/healthinfo

Liz Markel
Marketing & Programs Manager, RUSA & ASCLA