RUSA Professional Development Committee—Review Questions
1. What is the charge of the committee?
The RUSA Professional Development Committee charge as stated at
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
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.