Meet the ALA Annual Bloggers

RUSA Voices is proud to have daily coverage of ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco. Recruited by the Emerging Technologies Section, these bloggers represent an array of points of view from throughout RUSA.

Catherine Damiani

DamianiCatherineCatherine Damiani is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of Rhode Island’s GSLIS program. She enjoys teaching and learning about digital literacy and emerging technologies as well as working in reference services. She began her first professional position in March 2015 as East Providence Public Library’s (RI) Digital Services Librarian where she currently works

Follow on Twitter @BiblioCatherine.

Raymond Pun

adRaymond Pun is a reference and research services librarian in NYU Shanghai. He provides reference, consultation, outreach services in NYU’s newest global portal campus in China. His research and professional interests include data management and digital scholarship services, community engagement, and international librarianship.

Follow on Twitter @Oboro85

Kara Plamann Wagoner

karaKara Plamann Wagoner is a recent University of Hawaii LIS grad. Since receiving her degree in December, Kara has worked as a reference librarian at Kapiolani Community College where she advocates for the use of Open Educational Resources, creates digital collections in an institutional repository, and teaches workshops to promote student success. Her favorite time is at the reference desk where she can openly and honestly connect with people.

Follow on Twitter @karakarapw

RUSA Voices Launch!

Welcome to RUSA Voices, the official blog for the Reference and User Services Association!

RUSA Voices is a virtual forum  for the reference and user services community. It is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of and explore practices, technology, and issues in reference and user services, but also to voice and share a diverse set of perspectives that represents the diverse community of RUSA.

Who’s behind the blog?

RUSA Voices is member driven and is made sustainable through the work of the RUSA Publications and Communications Committee. There are two volunteer positions dedicated completely to the RUSA Voices — an editor and web manager.

David MidyetteDavid Midyette, Editor

David is  the Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Roseman University of Health Sciences University Library. He was the editor of the Southeastern Atlantic Regional Medical Library blog as well as the SEA Currents newsletter.


Junior TidalJunior Tidal, Web Manager

Junior is the Web Services & Multimedia Librarian for the New York City College of Technology, City University of New York.




What can I read about in RUSA Voices?

RUSA Voices will cover topics of relevance to reference services in all types of libraries. Specific thematic series will be established to focus on specific, pervasive issues in current reference services, as well as successful projects and individuals. Blog authors will be solicited with sets of topics of current interest, and topics will be assigned to interested respondents.

Who writes for RUSA Voices?

Anyone! This blog is for anyone in RUSA or the wider profession to contribute to the conversation about reference and user services. We have an open submission process. Please email any submissions or ideas to David Midyette (