Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 1, Fall

Academic Freedom in Post-September 11 America: A Research Guide
One only has to pick up a newspaper to learn of the continuing implications of September 11 on our political lives, but the terrorist attacks have had far reaching cultural and academic consequences as well. In her guide to academic freedom in a post-September...
Applying Universal Design to Information Literacy: Teaching Students Who Learn Differently at Landmark College
Our classrooms now include an increasing number of students who learn differently, including those that have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), dyslexia, or other diagnosed or undiagnosed learning differences. This spectrum of students...
Best Free Reference Websites: Eleventh Annual List
Welcome to the eleventh annual "Best Free Reference Websites List." In 1998, the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA appointed an ad hoc task force to develop a method of recognizing outstanding reference websites. The task force became...
Best Historical Materials
Welcome to the annual review of "Best Historical Materials." Each year members of the Historical Materials Committee, RUSA History Section identify and review numerous bibliographies, indexes, and websites to offer our recommendations of English-language...
Best of the Best Business Websites (Free Resources): The 2009 Selection
Welcome to "Best of the Best Business Websites (Free Resources)," the first annual selection and review of three of the most highly relevant business websites as selected by Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) Education Committee members....
Creating Online Tutorials at Your Libraries: Software Choices and Practical Implications
As this is the last "Management" column I will be editing, some comments on the articles in this new column are in order. Three years has passed very quickly. During my tenure as column editor, I have looked for a variety of practical articles on how...
Describing Vernacular Literacy Practices to Enhance Understanding of Community Information Needs: A Case Study with Practical Implications
Key documents guiding U.S. library service, including Reference and User Service Association (RUSA) guidelines and the American Library Association (ALA) Code of Ethics and Bill of Rights, focus on equitable public library service. By viewing literacy...
First Impressions and Rethinking Restroom Questions
In her inspirational article in the Winter 2008 issue of RUSQ ("A Personal Choice: Reference Service Excellence") Marie Radford reminds us that reference service excellence begins with the initial patron interaction, whether it is face-to-face or virtual....
Lending and Borrowing across Borders: Issues and Challenges with International Resource Sharing
The charge of the RUSA Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) International Interlibrary Loan Committee is to evaluate trends in international interlibrary loan (ILL) and resource sharing, to develop materials and resources for...
Libraries: Partners in Linking College Students and Their Communities through Service Learning
With decreased funding and personnel reductions in many libraries across the United States, local librarians are searching for innovative methods to create sustainable partnerships in the community. Using Mississippi State University's Day One Leadership...
This Is Our Time to Shine: Opportunities in a Recession
As I begin my first presidential column, I believe what is upmost on everyone's mind is the state of the economy This recession officially began in December 2007, but according to the New York Times, it wasn't officially declared a recession by the...
Transforming the One-Shot Library Session into Pedagogical Collaboration: Information Literacy and the English Composition Class
This article examines the programmatic and philosophical changes that resulted from a collaboration between a librarian and a composition and rhetoric professor. In particular, this article examines the ways in which a focus on research as a process...
What We Talk about When We Talk about Repositories
In this column, Mike Furlough writes about repositories from a user services perspective. His engaging and accessible article provides a fascinating history of repository hype, a primer on technical tools, and thoughtful reflections on the future of...
Your Brain on Fiction
In our daily practice as readers' advisors, we generally focus on the immediate issue at hand--getting a book into the hands of a particular reader. This is as it should be, and we need to be facile at providing our readers with appropriate suggestions...