Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 2, Winter

Alaska Resources Library and Information Services: Building Community in the Forty-Ninth State. (Community Building)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized the community-building achievements of an unusual library in Anchorage, Alaska when it bestowed one of three 2001 National Awards for Library Service on the Alaska Resources Library and Information...
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Business Reference and Services Section. (BRASS Notes)
From the Chair As plans are being finalized for ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, we hope many of you interested in business reference will join us and get acquainted with the opportunities BRASS offers. Greenwood Press will mail the full schedule...
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Databases
Government Information on the Internet. Lanham, Md.: Bernan Associates, 2001--.http://gii.Bernan.com. Pricing based on institution size and type. Prices range from $150 to $600 for small public libraries, K-12 school districts, or higher education...
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Electronic Collection Development: A Practical Guide
By Stuart D. Lee. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2002. 147p. $55 (ISBN 1-55570-440-9). www.neal-schuman.com The development of electronic information sources raises new issues for librarians involved in the selection and acquisition of library materials....
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Fundraising for Libraries: 25 Proven Ways to Get More Money for Your Library
By James Swan. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2002. 411p. $69.95 (ISBN 155570-433-6). www.neal-schuman.com. James Swan has been in the library profession since 1959 and has been director of a public library system in Kansas since 1977. One might say that...
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Gothic Writers: A Critical and Bibliographical Guide
Ed. by Douglass H. Thomson, Jack G. Voller, and Frederick S. Frank. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2002. 544p. alkaline $95 (ISBN 0-313-30500-5). Gothic studies has generated an enormous body of scholarship over the last thirty years; since the 1990s,...
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Higher Education in the United States: An Encyclopedia
Ed. by James J. F. Forest and Kevin Kinser. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2002. 831p. alkaline $185 (ISBN 1-57607-284-7). Previous encyclopedias of higher education have tended to be either descriptive and system oriented, providing brief overviews...
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History Section. (History News)
From the Chair The History Section should have the typical lively and industrious Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Executive Committee meetings will be Saturday, January 25, 8-9 A.M., and Tuesday, January 28, 8-11 A.M. All are invited to attend...
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International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics
Ed. by John Barry and E. Gene Frankland. London: Routledge, 2002. 513p. $150 (ISBN 0-415-20285-X). The general view toward the politics of the environment is often portrayed as a David and Goliath-like confrontation: Bully rich nations exploit poor...
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Internet Resources and Services for International Marketing and Advertising: A Global Guide
By James R. Coyle. Global Guides to Internet Business Resources. Westport, Conn.: Oryx, 2002. 372p. alkaline $49.95 paper (ISBN 1-57356-407-9). Books listing Web sites are of dubious usefulness considering they are soon out-of-date by the time they...
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Latin American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography of Core Works
By Ana Maria Cobos and Ana Lya Sater. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2002. 183p. alkaline $49.50 paper (ISBN 0-7864-1256-9). Latin American Studies: An Annotated Bibliography of Core Works provides an annotated list of books for the social sciences,...
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Machine-Assisted Reference Section. (Messages from MARS)
From the Chair It's hard to believe that we are already thinking about next year and ALA Midwinter Meeting, as the MARS committees and discussion groups continue to plan many creative activities for 2003. Several interesting discussion forums will...
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Making Sense of Next Big Things in Science: The Promise of Proteomics: (The Alert Collector)
This issue's guest columnist is a familiar name to long-time column readers. Tony Stankus was my predecessor, serving as "The Alert Collector" column editor for almost a decade. It is a great privilege to have him return as a guest columnist. He is...
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Management and Operation of User Services. (MOUSS Tales)
MOUSS completed its review following summer meetings in Atlanta. The report from the MOUSS Review Task Force is currently available on the MOUSS Web page at: www.ala. org/rusa/mouss/committees/exec/rev iew.PDF During ALA Midwinter Meeting we will sponsor...
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Readers' Advising for the Young SF, Fantasy, and Horror Reader. (Readers' Advisory)
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1980 and committed (although not limited) to science fiction (SF) and fantasy literature. With extensive hardcover and...
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Recent Trends in Information Literacy and Instruction. (Information Literacy and Instruction)
In this issue we welcome a "new" column, "Information Literacy and Instruction," edited by Lori Arp and Beth S. Woodard. "Library Literacy" first appeared in 1980 and was edited by John Lubans Jr. from 1980 to 1986, by Jill Fatzer from 1986 to 1988,...
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Revising Ready Reference Sites: Listening to Users through Server Statistics and Query Logs
Although lists of ready reference Web sites are ubiquitous on library Web pages, little has been written about how these pages are used and what resources should be included. This article illustrates how server usage statistics, e-mail reference queries,...
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RUSA Workshops and Other Midwinter Meeting Information. (RUSA Update)
RUSA presents two workshops on Friday, January 24, 2003 during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Business Librarianship 101: Core Competencies for Business Librarianship (organized by BRASS) will provide an overview of business librarianship followed...
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Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures
By Sally Wilkins. Sports and Games Through History Series. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2002. 336p. alkaline $49.95 (ISBN 0-313-31711-9). Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures is the first of four entries in Greenwood's Sports and Games through History...
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Teaching Technology: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians
By D. Scott Brandt. How-to-Do-It Manuals for Librarians, no. 115. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2002. 215p. $55 (ISBN 1-55570-426-3). www.neal-schuman.com. Library instruction has undergone a tremendous transformation since the introduction of user-focused...
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The Accessibility of Web Pages for Mid-Sized College and University Libraries
The home pages of college and university libraries in the United States with a student population between five and ten thousand were analyzed for accessibility by people with disabilities. This category included 190 schools and 188 could be analyzed....
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The Freud Encyclopedia: Theory, Therapy, and Culture
Ed. by Edward Erwin. New York: Roufledge, 2002. 641p. alkaline $165 (ISBN 0-415-93677-2). This work is a unique effort to produce a single volume of information about Sigmund Freud's theories, vocabulary, students and followers, critics, and ultimately...
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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations
By Cathal J. Nolan. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2002. 2,370p. alkaline $475 (ISBN 0-313-30743-1). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Relations is a hugely ambitious work of scholarship by a single author. Rather than serving as an editor,...
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The I-Word: Semantics and Substance in Library and Information Studies Education.
Sometime prior to the 1960s a rather quiet evolution began in the domain that up until that time had generally been known as library science. This change was an outgrowth of the convergence of a variety of factors, including the documentation movement...
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The Oryx Holocaust Sourcebook
By William R. Fernekes. Oryx Holocaust Series. Westport, Conn.: Oryx, 2002. 408p. alkaline $55.95 (ISBN 1-57356-295-5) The growing body of literature in the field of Holocaust studies can be overwhelming. The Oryx Holocaust Sourcebook addresses...
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Understanding Faculty Information Needs: A Process in the Context of Service
Building major program revisions on the basis of an information needs analysis required members of an academic library staff to learn more about conducting in-house research. Working with administrative support, librarians crossed departmental boundaries...
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Where Is the Message? Contributions to Understanding Information Science, No. 2. (Sessio Taurino)
The following essay is the second in a projected series intended to provide working librarians with a better understanding of certain concepts often used in a confusing fashion in the literature of library and information science. Many of these concepts...
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