Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Announcing the Move of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) to an Online Publication

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Announcing the Move of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) to an Online Publication

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At the 2011 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Board voted unanimously to approve the move of the division's professional journal, Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), to a solely online publication beginning in fall 2011. This vote was taken after a recommendation for the move was made by a taskforce assigned to examine the issue. In the editor's column of this issue, Diane Zabel explains the specifics of the move and how the process will work for RUSA members.

I would like to talk briefly here about how this move fits into the broader picture for RUSA as we head into the second decade of the twenty-first century. One of the concerns of any professional organization is maintaining the fiscal health of the organization. The move from print to online is a major step in this direction for RUSA. The savings that we realize from the move will allow RUSA to balance our budget without spending our endowment funds. As we begin a new round of strategic planning in 2011-12, these additional funds will allow RUSA more flexibility in pursuing member-driven initiatives.

RUSA has a well-deserved reputation for leading the profession in the areas of reference and readers' advisory work and collection development. Our members are able to take advantage of a wide range of opportunities as part of their membership in RUSA. …

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