Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 4, Summer

Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia
Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Ed. by Kathleen R. Arnold. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $180 (ISBN: 978-0313-37521-7). E-book available (978-0-313-37522-4), call for pricing. To justly...
Audiobooks and E-Books: A Literature Review
This article provides a thorough review of the research literature on audiobooks and e-books. The review encompasses literature from various disciplines. Additionally, the future of these formats is explored as well as the implications for libraries....
Battleground: Government and Politics
Battleground: Government and Politics. Ed. by Kathleen Uradnik, Lori A. Johnson, and Sara Hower. Battleground Series. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-0-313-34313-1). E-book available (978-0-313-34314-8), call...
Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians
Becoming Confident Teachers: A Guide for Academic Librarians. Claire McGuinness. Oxford: Chandos, 2011. 227p. Paper $85 (ISBN: 978-1-84334-629-6). Recognizing that most academic librarians receive virtually no pre-professional training on how to...
E-Book versus Print: A Per-Title Cost and Use Comparison of a Public Library's Popular Titles
Electronic books, or e-books, are a major topic of discussion for public libraries across the country. Two-thirds of public libraries report they now provide access to e-books. However, limited research exists on e-books in public libraries. This study...
Encyclopedia of Invasive Species: From Africanized Honey Bees to Zebra Mussels
Encyclopedia of Invasive Species: From Africanized Honey Bees to Zebra Mussels. By Susan L. Woodward and Joyce A Quinn. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2001. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-0-313-38220-8). E-book available (978-0-313-38221-5),...
Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society
Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society. Ed. by Sarah J. Greenwald and Jill E. Thomley. Hackensack, N.J.: Salem, 2011. 3 vols. alkaline $595 (ISBN: 978-1-58765-844-0). Online access included with purchase of print. Has there ever been a mathematics...
Encyclopedia of Social Networks
Encyclopedia of Social Networks. Ed. by George A. Barnett. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage Reference, 2011. 2 vols. $350 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-7911-5). E-book available, call for pricing. Many people probably think that "social networking" merely concerns...
Encyclopedia of South Africa
Encyclopedia of South Africa. Ed. by Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner, 2011. 373 pages. alkaline $95 (ISBN: 978-1-58826-749-8). Although other encyclopedias, such as John Middleton's Encyclopedia of Africa South of the...
Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World
Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Ed. by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, and Jane E. Sloan. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage Reference, 2011. 4 vols. $495 (ISBN: 9781-4129-7685-5). Tackling the challenge of compiling a print reference for complete...
Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics
Europe, A Political Profile: An American Companion to European Politics. By Hans Slomp. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-0-313-391811). E-book available (978-0-313-39182-8), call for pricing. Although it may...
Finding Good Reads on Goodreads: Readers Take RA into Their Own Hands
In 2009, Kaite Stover examined the expansion of reader-centered social networking sites and what she called "the wild appeal factor" (see "Stalking the Wild Appeal Factor," Reference & User Services Quarterly 48, no. 3 [Spring 2009]: 243-46). Stover...
Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming
Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming. Scott La Counte. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 64 p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1129-7). Going Mobile is all about the fundamentals of app development. The only requisite knowledge...
Goodbye and Good Luck
This is my last issue as editor of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ). The past six years have been the most rewarding of my professional career. I have had the good fortune of being guided by an exemplary editorial advisory board, dedicated...
Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Encyclopedia
Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Encyclopedia. By F. Erik Brooks and Glenn L. Starks. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2011. $89 (ISBN: 978-0-313-39415-7). Greenwood's Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Encyclopedia...
How E-Books Are Used: A Literature Review of the E-Book Studies Conducted from 2006 to 2011
This literature review synthesizes the findings of some two dozen studies of e-book usage by members of academic communities. The studies included in the review were conducted between 2006 and 2011 mostly at colleges and universities in the Anglophone...
India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic
India Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. Ed. by Arnold P. Kaminsky and Roger D. Long. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-0313-37462-3). E-book available (978-0-313-37463-0), call for pricing. This...
Industry Sources: A Research Guide
Finding and keeping track of industry information is a difficult prospect for librarians not expert in its intricate and confusing methods. Colleen Anderson, who holds an MBA and an MLIS, sheds light on the subject in this guide. As a business reference...
Library Management Tips That Work
Library Management Tips that Work. Ed. by Carol Smallwood. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 208 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1121-1). Library Management Tips that Work is a useful read for librarians looking for a few mental nudges to help resolve administrative...
Notable Books: The 2012 Selection of Titles
The Notable Books Council, a group of readers' advisory experts within the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced its selections for the 2012 Notable Books List. Since 1944,...
Now Serving Customer 7,528,413
This is the second reflective essay that Lorraine J. Pellack has contributed to Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ). She created a buzz with her guest editorial, "First Impressions and Rethinking Reference Questions" (see RUSQ 49, no. 1...
Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians
Out Behind the Desk: Workplace Issues for LGBTQ Librarians. Ed. by Tracy Marie Nectoux. Duluth, Minn.: Litwin Books, 2011. 294 p. Paper $30 (ISBN: 978-1-936117-03-1). In or out, or somewhere in between? Librarians, like all professionals, are always...
Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation
Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation. Ed. by Angela Carstensen. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 164 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8570-0). This reference book combines the last three revisions of the Young Adult...
Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators
Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. By Char Booth. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 208 p. Paper $60 (ISBN: 0-8389-1052-1). Long before my highlighter dried up about halfway through this book, I understood that...
Religious Celebrations: An Encyclopedia of Holidays, Festivals, Solemn Observances, and Spiritual Commemorations
Religious Celebrations: An Encyclopedia of Holidays, Festivals, Solemn Observances, and Spiritual Commemorations. Ed. by J. Gordon Melton. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-205-0). Religious Celebrations...
Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions
Salem Health: Infectious Diseases and Conditions. Ed. by H. Bradford Hawley. Salem Health. Ipswich, Mass.: Salem, 2011. 3 vols. alkaline $395 (ISBN: 978-1-58765-776-4). Online access included with purchase of print. This is the first edition of...
Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression
Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression. Ed. by Junius P. Rodriguez. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-85109-783-8). E-book available (9781-85109-788-3), call for...
Survey of American Industry and Careers
Survey of American Industry and Careers. Ed. by the Editors of Salem Press. Pasadena, CA: Salem, 2011. 6 vols. alkaline $695 (ISBN: 978-1-58765-768-9). Online access included with purchase of print. Undergraduates and adults seeking to move into...
The Civil War Era and Reconstruction: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History
The Civil War Era and Reconstruction: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History. By Mary Ellen Snodgrass. Armonk, N.Y.: Sharpe Reference, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $249 (ISBN: 978-0-7656-8257-4). E-book available, call for...
The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times
The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times. Ed. by Carol Smallwood. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 277 p. Paper $42 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1075-7). With thirty-four chapters detailing the varied moneysaving strategies for libraries and librarians that...
The Listen List 2012: The RUSA CODES Listen List Council
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2012 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration juried list. Established in 2010 by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA, the council...
The Reading List 2012
The expert readers' advisory librarians on the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) Reading List Council have selected their top picks for 2012 in eight popular genres: adrenaline titles (including suspense, thrillers, and action adventure),...
Update from the President of RUSA
The year's ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas was a great time to see old friends and to participate in the many RUSA activities that took place there. Two of the highlights were the annual RUSA Social and the RUSA Book and Media Awards. I'd like to thank...
Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science
Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science. Laura Townsend Kane. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 167 p. Paper $47 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1103-7). One hears talk everywhere about changes in the field of librarianship, and the interviews...