Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

RUSQ's Move to Online: In Alignment with RUSA's Strategic Objectives

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

RUSQ's Move to Online: In Alignment with RUSA's Strategic Objectives

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This issue marks the move of the Reference and User Services Association's professional journal, Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), to an online publication. This change is in alignment with two of RUSAs strategic objectives: improving of member engagement and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of RUSA. Moving the journal online will not only provide cost savings, but also will make the journal more accessible to users. The RUSA leadership also is pursuing other ways members can participate in RUSA activities through virtual means. During the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, RUSA will once again offer a virtual town hall meeting to encourage broad participation from the RUSA membership. This is especially important for members who are unable to attend the conference in person. RUSA also is actively pursuing the use of new technologies to enable and enhance virtual participation in committees and other activities of the association. It is my hope that RUSA can continue to seek technology solutions that enable broad participation by the membership.

One of the challenges that ALA and RUSA are facing are financial. In these tough economic times, professional associations need to seek ways to continue their services to members while maintaining financial stability. Shifting RUSQ to an online journal is one way RUSA hopes to achieve financial savings that can be shifted to support other initiatives. Another area outlined in RUSAs strategic plan is the increased development of online continuing-education courses and section-developed webinars. These web courses will help promote member engagement and professional development while supporting RUSAs financial strength. …

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