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Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, Spring

A Librarian's Guide to Lupus
Chances are, you know someone who suffers from lupus. There are between forty and seventy diagnosed cases per one hundred thousand people, suggesting that at least half a million Americans are living with this disease right now. Given that the illness...
American Library Association Notable Books 1998
RUSA Notable Books Council The American Library Association has announced its list of 1998 Notable Books for Adults. Works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published during 1997 (or late 1996) were selected for their significant contribution to...
Freudian Dream Interpretation and the Reference Interview
The following discussion of the application of Freudian dream analysis as a technique to deconstructing the intricacies of the reference interview is best understood when it is read in the context of three previous studies. The first of these, a curiously...
Guidelines for the Introduction of Electronic Information Resources to Users
RUSA MARS Management Committee These guidelines are intended to assist information services librarians who provide and publicize new electronic information resources to users and potential users. For purposes of this document, electronic information...
Outstanding Reference Sources
The 1998 Selection of Recent Titles RUSA CODES Reference Sources Committee If a you are a RUSA member and are interested in a truly challenging but rewarding experience, consider joining RUSA's Reference Source Committee. The committee has the dual...
Quo Vadimus?
Lacking any "New Queries," this combined Spring/Summer column begins with two quotations as thought stimulus for those few idle moments on the reference desk or in the dark hours of the night: "Librarians are a curious enigma. Librarians have a...
The 1998 RUSA President's Program
"Books, Bytes and Bots: Reference Librarians and Users Confront the Information Age" We hear and read a great deal about information, data, and knowledge in the popular press, in scholarly discourse, at the dinner table, on television, in fact nearly...
The Imposed Query
Implications for Library Service Evaluation Evaluation is a process that depends on the reappraisal of its various methodologies to remain responsive to new techniques, new services, and new insights in the field. It is the purpose of this article...
Things They Carry
Attitudes toward, Opinions about, and Knowledge of Libraries and Research among Incoming College Students This article uses information gathered from a short quiz and questionnaire administered to 521 incoming students in order to examine their...
"What I Want in a Faculty Member"
A Reference Librarian's Perspective This issue's column concludes a two-part series on faculty/librarian dynamics. The Earlham College Libraries have long exemplified successful partnerships with faculty, so we look to them for insights. If you...