Message from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and Its Collection
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and its Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) are delighted to join AASL and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) this year in a partnership to provide librarians and users in all types of libraries with recommendations of the best university press books for general users.
RUSA, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers' advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Collection development activities in public, school and academic libraries are a key component of library services and the development of the library collection is one of the most important roles for librarians in any library setting.
This university press resource enables libraries to help users to answer their questions, to learn more about the world and to develop new ideas. University press books are a wonderful tool for students learning more about issues raised in their classes through research assignments and for public library patrons who are hungry for clear and specialized information on topics of interest. University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries provides an extraordinary source of materials to stand alongside trade books in a library's collection and offers options for librarians as they select the best books to meet their users' needs.
RUSA thanks the AASL and CODES/RUSA University Press Books for Public and School Libraries Committees for their hard work and urges librarians to use this important tool.
— Mary Parker
Chair, RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section, 2012-2013
Minitex, Minneapolis, MN