New RUSA Interest Groups – Midwinter 2016

By Beth German  german
Instructional Design Librarian
Texas A&M University Libraries

RUSA Organization and Planning is pleased to announce that we have accepted four proposals for Interest Groups for a pilot project between Midwinter and Annual 2016. It is the hope that the outcome of this pilot will be a path forward to being the integration of Interest Groups into RUSA’s organizational structure. Take a look at the list of Interest Groups below and contact the group organizer if you are interested in more information.

The focus of the Copyright IG is on providing a forum for the RUSA community to exchange ideas relating to copyright law and its application, to strengthen communication and cooperation among RUSA members on issues relating to copyright, and to provide opportunities for growth and improved reference services. – Faithe Ruiz (

Entrepreneurship has been a hot topic of reference and adult services librarians for some time now. The concept includes self-employment, starting a business, and starting a nonprofit (also called social entrepreneurship). For libraries, support of entrepreneurship can involve outreach, research support, providing spaces for innovation and collaboration, and connecting entrepreneurs to other local resources and support services. – Steve Cramer (

First Year Experience
The purpose of this group is to share ideas and develop new connections for future collegiality and support. Topics for discussions include but are not limited to retention improvements, introduction to higher education research skills development, outreach, first generation students, international students, students enrolled simultaneously in high school and college (dual enrollment programs), reference services, etc. – Douglas Hasty (

Shared Collections
This Interest Group will focus on the topic of Shared Collections, which can encompass shared print initiatives, shared storage facilities, and prospective sharing of collections through cooperative collection development. – Tina Baich (

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