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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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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