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Reference & Instruction Services

Mission & Responsibilities

To provide a forum for issues related to reference and instruction across various types of libraries in Arkansas.

Shawna Thorup, Chair
Head of Reference & Instruction
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
One College Drive
Bentonville, AR 72712
479.619.4246
sthorup@nwacc.edu

Jessica Riedmueller, Vice-Chair
Faculty Librarian
Torreyson Library
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035
501-450-5233
jriedmueller@uca.edu

Allie Stevens, Secretary
Director, Calhoun County Lib
rary
115 S 2nd Street
PO Box 1162
Hampton, AR 71744
870-798-4492
allie@calcolibrary.com

RISci Lunch & Learn (all sessions online)

Friday, April 29th from 1 – 2pm
RISci Lunch & Learn: 3D Printing & Makerspaces

Friday, June 24th from 1 – 2pm
RISci Lunch & Learn: Living with a Mental Illness as a Library Worker

Friday, July 22nd from 1 – 2 pm
RISci Lunch & Learn: Workshop Warm Up: Energize the Audience for Increased Engagement

Reference Exchange Day - May 20, 2022 (Virtual)

This year’s annual half-day learning event will explore the difference between neurodiversity and neurodivergence and learn how these apply to library workers and the communities we serve. Kate Thompson and Rachel Bussan from West Des Moines Public Library are the featured speakers. A Q&A and discussion session will follow the talks.

  • Autism, Neurodivergence, and Accommodations: Not As Hard as It Sounds
  • Neurodiversity in the Library

Register at https://nwacc.libcal.com/event/8586779

RISD Meeting Minutes

Oct 13, 2020

May 29, 2020

May 24, 2019

Previous Division Chairs

2021 - Shawna Thorup
2020 - Allie Stevens
2019 - Allie Stevens
2018 - Rachel Whittingham
2017 - Jessica Riedmueller
2016 – Pamela Meridith
2015 – Pamela Meridith
2014 – Pamela Meridith
2013 – Michael Strickland
2012 – Michael Strickland
2011 – Amber Wilson
2010 – Amber Wilson
2009 – Kathy Davis
2008 – Ronald S. Russ
2007 – Jennifer Davis
2006 – Dominique Hallett
2005 – Laura Downing
2004 – Jan Dixon
2003 – Don Batson
2002 – Don Batson
2001 – Necia Parker-Gibson
2000 – Necia Parker-Gibson
1999 – Renee LeBeau-Ford

Helpful Links

ArLARISD - the official mailing list of this community of interest. To get more information and to sign up go to http://mail.arlib.org/mailman/listinfo/arlarisd_arlib.org.

Learning Opportunities

ACRL Online Learning

ALA Online Learning

AMIGOS Courses

Lyrasis Courses

NISO Webinars

WebJunction

Library Instruction

LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction

Reference

100 Places to Find Free Webinar and Tutorials

ALA Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

CUARL K-12 Education Resource Portal (University of Arkansas)

U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal 


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