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RUSA Professional Development Committee—Review Questions 1. What is the charge of the committee? The RUSA Professional Development Committee charge as stated at http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rusa/rus-profdev: To provide leadership and coordinate the development of RUSA programming, apart from Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings, including: generating and recommending topics and authors for courses; evaluating proposals for courses and/or learning opportunities from outside sources. 2. How do the committee’s charge and activities support the current RUSA Strategic Plan? (Please list specific activities or accomplishments). The current RUSA Strategic Plan, approved by the RUSA Board at the 2011 Annual Conference, is posted at http://www.ala.org/rusa/sites/ala.org.rusa/files/content/about/rusa-strategic-plan-2011-2012_f.pdf xxxxxx 3. Concerning the committee's organization, activities, and goals, what challenges does the committee face and what change does the committee recommend to meet these challenges? xxxxxx 4. Which other committees in RUSA or ALA perform similar functions to this committee? Is there any overlap between this committee and other relevant ALA/RUSA committees? If so, how might this duplication of effort be eliminated? Within RUSA: BRASS (Business and Reference Services Section) Education Committee: To study and review the educational needs of business reference librarians and other librarians involved in providing business reference services; to explore and encourage the development of curriculum and continuing education programs in the area; to sponsor educational activities in the area; and to promote communication between the profession and library educators. http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/brass/brasssection/brasscomm/committees CODES (Collection Development and Evaluation Section) Education Committee: To identify collection development education needs and facilitate meeting those needs through in- service programs; to study issues and trends in collection development programs of schools of library and information science; to create guidelines for improved collection development training and essential skills; to inform the library and information community on collection development education issues and practices. http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/codes/rus-coded History Section Genealogy Preconference Planning Committee: The Committee plans and coordinates the annual genealogy preconference program. http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/history/committees/genealogypreconf MARS (MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section) Professional Development The charge is currently under revision. http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/mars/rus-mared RSS (Reference Services Section) Education & Prof. Development for Reference To identify and study issues relating to the education and professional development of reference librarians and library support staff; to encourage and promote effective professional development and training; to monitor, evaluate and promote the development of library school curricula for the preparation of reference librarians. http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/rss/rus-rssed STARS (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section) Education and Training Committee To develop continuing education programs in a variety of formats and venues based on the needs of the resource sharing community; to establish links with other entities involved in developing similar kinds of educational programs. http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/stars/rus-staed In other parts of ALA: ACRL Continuing Education/Professional Development Discussion Group To provide a forum for issues of current interest for librarians and others abut continuing education for librarians and library staff. Discussions will share information and experiences, and discuss strategies to address common problems in the development of skills and knowledge needed in the fast changing library environment. http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/discussiongroups/acr-dgcepd ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Membership and Professional Development Committee To identify and investigate RBMS membership issues including recruitment of new members, increasing participation of members in section activities, and retention of members; to propose means for addressing these issues, including seeking the input of the RBMS membership at all levels and to become informed of membership issues in ACRL, ALA, SAA and other professional organizations. http://www.ala.org/acrl/rbms/acr-rbmmpd ACRL Science and Technology Section Continuing Education Committee To monitor continuing education needs of members and to communicate those needs to STS Council, Program Planning Committees and Discussion Group chairs; to develop and implement continuing education projects, as the committee deems feasible and as directed by STS Council (the mentoring program is one such example); to inform STS members of continuing education activities that may be of interest, from within and outside the section; and to appoint one committee member to serve as liaison to the ACRL Professional Development Committee. http://www.ala.org/acrl/sts/acr-stsce LITA Education Committee To encourage education programs (including academic continuing education and staff development programs) relating to library and information technology by identifying topics where there is a need for education and bringing to the attention of LITA committees and interest groups, and the library and information technology education community in general, the need for programs related to such topics. To encourage research on education matters pertaining to technological subjects. To identify educational opportunities and programs in library information and technology and to disseminate this information. To research, propose, and monitor LITA's web-based educational offerings. To monitor issues related to education and continuing education for librarians and assist the LITA board of directors in preparing the LITA position and response as necessary. To develop criteria for LITA awards and scholarships, as opportunities arise. http://www.ala.org/lita/involve/committees/education/lit-ed PLA Education Advisory Group To advise PLA on the identification, development and evaluation of relevant, cost-effective, and emerging face-to-face and online continuing education products and services. http://www.ala.org/pla/about/committees/pla-tfceadv