Publications, 1936-
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Brief Description: Publications of RASD include "Guide to Reference Books" (1929, 1936, 1980), J.A. Reynolds, "Heraldry and You -- The Librarian," (Occasional Paper, no. 1, History Section, Reference Services Division, American Library Association, 1962), "The Future of General Adult Books and Reading in America" (1970), "Directory of Reference/Resource Personnel" (1973), "Genealogy and Local History Reference Services Syllabus" (1981), "List of Consultants" (1986), "Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries" (1984, 1992, 1999), and studies of reference policies, management, and services by RUSA members and committees. Series also includes "The Mystery Readers' Advisory: The Librarians Clues to Murder and Mayhem" (2002), "The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction" (2001), bibliographies of books for adults (1992), RUSA membership brochure, Business Serials of the U.S. Government, and RASD Guidelines (Guidelines for Multilingual Materials Collection and Development and Library Services; Information Services for Information Consumers: Guidelines for Providers; Guidelines for the Preparation of A Bibliography; Guidelines for Use of the Information Request Form; Guidelines for Library Service to Older Adults; Guidelines for Medical, Legal, and Business Responses at General Reference Desk; Guidelines for A Unit or Course of Instruction in Genealogical Research at Schools of Library and Information Science; Guidelines for Developing Beginning Genealogical Collections and Services; Guidelines for Establishing Local History Collections; Electronic Information Sources: Guidelines for Training Sessions).
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Urbana, IL 61802
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Record Series Number: 30/3/14
Created by: Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)
Volume: 1.6 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 1/7/80; 1/18/81; 5/02; 7/12/2012; 2/4/2021; 5/12/2023
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) :

In 1926, the Council established the Board of Library and Adult Education to promote interest and activities in the area of library service to adult education, to act as advisor and as an information center, and to implement and assist in library related projects of adult education (1). To accomplish these goals the Board sponsored roundtables and workshops and published reports, findings, and the quarterly magazine, Adult Education and the Library, which was incorporated into the ALA Bulletin in 1930. As the Board grew in scope, it became the Adult Education Board in 1937, the Adult Education Section of the Division of Public Libraries in 1946 (2) and the Adult Services Division in 1959 (3). In 1972, Adult Services Division joined with the Reference Division to form the Reference and Adult Services Division (RASD), establishing the new goals of "stimulating and supporting full access to library services which are user oriented. The Division seeks actively to foster the fullest use of all media in meeting the educational, research, information, recreational, and social interests and needs of users of all types of libraries in every subject field" (4).

RASD maintains standing committees and sections reflecting the scope of adult services including the Interlibrary Loan Committee, Adult Library Materials Committee, Committee to Advise Publishers of Reference Books and Indexes, Catalog Use Committee, and Machine Assisted Reference Services (MARS). RQ, RASD's quarterly journal, began in 1960 and the Division also authors annual book lists such as Notable Books and Outstanding Reference Books. The Division annually awards four different medals and citations to foster excellence in reference publication and librarianship.

Subject Index
Reference Books
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Finding Aid Revisions: 5/12/2023