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Robeson Library reference librarian elected to national post

Susan J. Beck, head of public services at the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers-Camden, was elected vice-president/president- elect of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She will begin her term as vice-president/president-elect in July 2008 and will assume the presidency in 2009-2010.

"Throughout my career, my participation in RUSA has helped me do what I like best -- be a good reference librarian," said Beck. "I am excited by the challenges presented by this opportunity and delighted to make a positive contribution to a profession I love."

As an active member of RUSA, Beck served on the Planning & Finance Committee, several award committees, as chair of the Reference Services Section (RSS), and on Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) and Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) committees.

Beck has served as chair of the Assessment Committee for the Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE) of New Jersey and visiting program officer of the New Measures Initiative for the Association of Research Libraries, Washington, D.C. At Rutgers she has served as a visiting professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.

RUSA is the leading association of reference and user services professionals. Its more than 5,000 members work in academic, public and research libraries and for corporations and non-profit associations.

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Posted May 29, 2008