Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, Winter

Adventures in Dataland: Business Data Sources
The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) 2012 Program, "Adventures in Dataland: Business Data Sources," presented a panel of four speakers representing academia, government, and the commercial sectors. Three of the speakers focused on the...
All for One, One for All
When we attend library conferences we often rush back to our libraries excited to implement some of the ideas that we've heard. Lucy Lockley presented a session at the 2012 Public Library Association Conference that focused on a staff-wide, all-inclusive...
American Folk Art: A Regional Reference
American Folk Art: A Regional Reference. By Kristin G. Congdon and Kara K. Hallmark. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $205 (ISBN 978-0-313-34936-2). E-book available (978-0-313-34937-9), call for pricing. Congdon and Hallmark,...
Best of the Best Business Websites (Free Resources): The 2012 Winners
The Best of the Best Business Websites (Free Resources) Award was established in 2009. The award recognizes three of the most highly relevant business websites as selected by Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) Education Committee members....
"Boomer-Ize" Your Library Collection: The Basics
Call them "boomers" or "baby boomers." They are the generation born just after the end of World War II (1946) through 1964, the year the Beatles were introduced on the Ed Sullivan Show. This is the Woodstock Generation, the age that marched against...
Changing World, Changing Libraries: New Literacies, New User Needs, and Leadership for Change
Strategic planning discussions and reorganization scenarios have led me recently to think about and read about change. It has struck a chord, and I want to share what I have learned. The time for those of us who work in and lead libraries to plan for...
Comparison of Traditional and Digital Reference Questions and Responses at the National Library and Archives of I.R. of Iran (NLAI)
The researchers seek to assess the characteristics of users of reference services and their information needs to know how to qualitatively and quantitatively improve these types of services at the NLAI. Findings of this study indicated that the most...
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes. Ed. by Bart H. Beaty and Stephen Weiner. Critical Survey. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2012.2 vols. $295 (ISBN 978-1-58765865-5). Online access included with purchase of print. Heroes & Superheroes,...
Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, 3rd Ed
Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, 3rd Ed. Miriam B. Kahn. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 158 p. Paper $60 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1151-8). "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst"--excellent advice for anyone, but especially for librarians. Charged...
Does Labeling Children's Books Constitute Censorship?
For many elementary students and even secondary students, the school library consists of rows and rows of books marked with labels of different colors and shapes. These stickers and dots indicate which books are considered--by one rubric or another--appropriate...
Effectively Visualizing Library Data
Data visualization has become a hot topic over the last few years. This popularity can be seen everywhere. The New York Times revolutionized itself by creating gorgeous, interactive visualizations of everything from political campaigns to nutrition....
Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in Modern American History
Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in Modern American History. By Stephen E. Atkins. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.345 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN 978-159884-350-7). E-book available (978-1-59884-351-4), call for pricing. The late Stephen Atkins...
Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture
Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture. Ed. by James S. Baugess and Abbe Debolt, Santa Barbara CA: Greenwood, 2012. (ISBN 978-0-31332944-9) E-book also available. This two-volume encyclopedia edited by James S. Baugess...
Encyclopedia of Tudor England
Encyclopedia of Tudor England. Edited by John A. Wagner and Susan Walters Schmid. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 3 vols. Acid free $294 (ISBN 978-1-59884-298-2). E-book (978-1-59884-299-9). This fascinating three-volume set by John A. Wagner...
Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations
Encyclopedia of U.S.--Latin American Relations. Ed. by Thomas M. Leonard. Los Angeles: CQ Press, 2012. 3 vols. acid free $500 (ISBN 978-0-87289-762-5). Online available, call for pricing. While geographic neighbors, the United States and Latin American...
Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat
Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat. By Andrew F. Smith. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 2 vols. acid free. $189 (ISBN 978-0-31339394-8). E-book available (978-0-313-39394-5). The user needs to be a detective to find...
Food and Famine in the 21st Century
Food and Famine in the 21st Century. Ed. by William A. Dando. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols, acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-59884-730-7). E-book available (978-1-59884-731-4), call for pricing. This comprehensive two-volume set provides...
Framing a Strategy: Exploring Faculty Attitudes toward Library Instruction and Technology Preferences to Enhance Information Literacy
There is much truth to the old adage "Be careful what you wish for." After years of advocating for the importance of information literacy at the university level, the Western Michigan University (WMU) Libraries were successful in placing information...
Gods and Goddesses of Greece and Rome
Gods and Goddesses of Greece and Rome. New York: Marshall Cavendish Reference, 2012. 320 pages. alkaline $85.64 (ISBN 978-0-7614-7951-2). E-book available (9780-7614-9980-0), $85.64. Heroes and Heroines of Greece and Rome. New York: Marshall Cavendish...
How Could I Be Missing So Many? A Quality Control Study of Campus Publications
The focus of this column is a project that a colleague (1) and I have been involved with for the past four years. Specifically, we have made a concerted effort to track and collect published articles and other material by faculty members, graduate...
Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints
Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints. Ed. by Lister M. Matheson. Greenwood Icons. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-0-313-34080-2). E-book available (978-034080-2), call for pricing. This...
Outstanding Business Reference Sources 2012
Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of BRASS selects the outstanding business reference sources published since May of the previous year. This year, the committee reviewed thirty entries; of these, three were designated as "Outstanding,"...
Past or Portal: Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives
Past or Portal: Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives. Ed. by Eleanor Mitchell, Peggy Seiden, and Suzy Taraba. Chicago: ACRL Publishing, 2012. 336 p. Paper $60 (ISBN 978-0838986103). This book presents a collection...
Playing Games to Improve the Quality of the Sources Students Cite in Their Papers
This study seeks to determine the effectiveness of the BiblioBouts information literacy game for improving the quality of the sources undergraduate students cite in their written papers. BiblioBouts was incorporated into a second-year English class...
Privatizing Libraries
Privatizing Libraries. Jane Jerrard, Nancy Bolt, and Karen Strege. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 72 p. Paper $45 (ISBN 978-08389-1154-9). This short but concise book discusses the core issues surrounding the privatization of public libraries. From the beginning...
Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library
Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library. June Pinell-Stephens. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 148 p. Paper. $50 (ISBN 978-0-8389-3583-5). Intellectual freedom is one of the most contentious issues in the library profession. Book challenges,...
Salem Health: Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Salem Health: Complementary & Alternative Medicine. Ed. by Richard P. Capriccioso and Paul Moglia. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2012. 4 vols. alkaline $495 (ISBN 978-158765-870-9). There are numerous publications written on the topic of complementary...
The Making of Modern Immigration: An Enyclopedia of People and Ideas
The Making of Modern Immigration: An Enyclopedia of People and Ideas. Ed. by Patrick J. Hayes. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-0313-39202-3). E-book available (978-0-313-39203-0), call for pricing. In an age of...
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd Edition
The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror, 2nd edition. Becky Siegel Spratford. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 170 p. Paper $48 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1112-9). Horror has been a popular genre in literature at least since the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle...
The Reader's Advisory Guide to Street Literature
The Reader's Advisory Guide to Street Literature. Vanessa Irvin Morris. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 138 p. Paper $48 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1110-5). One in the series of ALA Editions Readers Advisory Guides, this title is ground-breaking in its introduction to...
The Twenties in America
The Twenties in America. Ed. By Carl Rollyson. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012. 3 vols. $395 (ISBN 978-1-58765855-6). Online access provided with purchase of print. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the incomparable 1920s, it is obvious the...
The U.S. Justice System: An Encyclopedia
The U.S. Justice System: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Steven Harmon Wilson. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN 978-1-59884-304-0). E-book available (978-1-59884-305-7). The U.S Justice System: An Encyclopedia is a reference...
True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries
True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries. Ed. by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 176 p. Paper $50 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1130-3). Warning! True Stories gets you excited about librarianship. Some readers will rise from...
What Reference Librarians Can Learn from Car Talk
My predecessor, Diane Zabel, introduced a new column to RUSQ, "For Your Enrichment." Diane described the column as "an occasional column that publishes interesting articles on topics outside the purview of the journal's regular columns" (RUSQ 46:4,...
What's Black and White and Reid All Over?: Something Hilarious Happened at the Library
What's Black and White and Reid All Over?: Something Hilarious Happened at the Library. Rob Reid. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 175 p. Paper $45 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1147-1). You know the feeling you have when a storytime works well? When everyone is paying rapt...
Women Criminals: An Encyclopedia of People and Issues
Women Criminals: An Encyclopedia of People and Issues. Ed. by Vickie Jensen. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-0-313-33713-0). E-book available (978-0-313-06826-3), call for pricing. The Preface to this set describes...
Women in American Politics: History and Milestones
Women in American Politics: History and Milestones. By Doris Weatherford. Los Angeles: CQ Press, 2012. 2 vols. Acid free $225 (ISBN 978-1-60871007-2). E-book available, call for pricing. Doris Weatherford's latest compilation chronicles the political...
World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia
World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Ed. By Maureen Ihrie and Salvador A. Oropesa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 3 vols. Acid free $350 (ISBN 978-0-313-33770-3). E-book available (978-0-313-08083-8), call for pricing. This new reference...