RUSA Trends


Jennifer Boettcher, MLS and MBA
Business Information Consultant
Georgetown University

RUSA Trends Subcommittee is looking for volunteers to write blurbs about research that would be of interest to all the sections and interest groups of RUSA:  share resources, history, reference desk, business, new tech, copyright, entrepreneurship, and collection development.  Primary duties would to keep an eye out for interesting stories, tweet them out on RUSA (so others can do the same, using #RUSAFF [RUSA Fun Facts] and appropriate section), then to populate the blog: RUSA Voices.  I would like to see at least one post per month from each section or interest group. It would be the best if we got at least one person from each section or group.  To volunteer to be on the subcommittee fill out the form (still taking volunteers for this year).

BTW, you don’t have to be a member of the Subcommittee to do any of this…. Let’s show other librarians what RUSA members are excited about.

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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Espresso Machine

By Dana Von Berg

At the University of Arizona Libraries we have a professional book making machine known as the Espresso Book Machine which produces professional, self-published books. It is ideal for anyone interested in self-publishing their work. Examples include aspiring authors preferring to bypass expensive publishing houses, individuals who would like to publish their memoirs or a graduate student who wants to make copies of their dissertation to give to family and friends. Recently an instructor for a beginning photography course had each of his students print a book of their photographic portfolios as their final project. The Espresso Book Machine was used for printing these student portfolios. It produced very clear, high quality color prints of each student’s photographs. There are very few of these machines in the country so the University of Arizona Libraries feel very fortunate to be able to provide this service for customers. For more information, please visit our website at: