Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 1, Fall

African Americans
African Americans. Ed. by Carl L. Bankston III. Great Lives from History. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem, 2011. 5 vols. alkaline $595 (ISBN 978-1-58765-747-4). Online access included with purchase of print. Dozens of reference books concerning the African...
American Dissidents: An Encyclopedia of Activists, Subversives, and Prisoners of Conscience
American Dissidents: An Encyclopedia of Activists, Subversives, and Prisoners of Conscience. Ed. by Kathlyn Gay Santa Barbara, Ca.: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 Vols. Acid free $173 (ISBN 978-1-59884-764-2). Ebook available (978-1-59884765-9), call for pricing....
American Food by the Decades
American Food by the Decades. Ed. by Sherri Liberman. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2011. 250 pages. Acid free $85 (ISBN 978-0-313-37698-6). EBook available (9780-313-37699-3), call for pricing. For as long as human culture and society have...
A Tough Act to Follow
I count myself lucky to have been involved in Reference & User Services Quarterly for the past eight years, beginning with RUSQ 44:3. During that time I have had the privilege of editing the readers' advisory column and occasionally reviewing manuscript...
Best Free Reference Websites: The Fourteenth Annual List
Welcome to the fourteenth annual "Best Free Reference Websites" list. It is hard to believe that this project has been around since the late 1990s. In 1998, the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA appointed an ad hoc task force to develop...
Brazil Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic
Brazil Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Republic. Ed. by John J. Crocitti and Monique M. Vallance. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 9780-313-34672-9). Ebook available (978-313-34673-6), call for pricing. Brazil's...
Carnegie Awards: A New and Important Addition to the Book Scene
At the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim this past summer, RUSA and Booklist celebrated both their partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York in awarding the first ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and the...
China at War: An Encyclopedia
China at War: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Xiaobing Li. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 605 pages. Acid free. $100.00. (ISBN: 978-1-59884-415-3). E-Book available (978-1-59884-416-0), call for pricing. Few would argue with the proposition that...
Cold War: The Essential Reference Guide
Cold War: The Essential Reference Guide. Ed. by James R. Arnold and Roberta Wiener. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 443 pages, acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-61069003-4). Ebook available (978-1-61069-004-1), call for pricing. One of the ironies...
College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know
College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know. Ed. by Lynda M. Duke and Andrew D. Asher. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 191 p. Paper $60 (978-0-8389-1116-7). How do college students use libraries? How can we develop services and facilities that respond...
Daily Life through American History in Primary Documents
Daily Life Through American History in Primary Documents. Ed. by Randall M. Miller, Theodore J. Zeman, Francis J. Sicius, and Jolyon P. Girard. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2012. 4 vols. acid free $399 (ISBN 978-161069-032-4). Ebook available...
Encyclopedia of Global Religion
Encyclopedia of Global Religion. Ed. by Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage Reference, 2011. 2 vols. $325 (ISBN 978-0-7619-2729-7). Ebook available (978-1-4129-9789-8), $400.00. On any given day, news reports from around...
Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence
Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence. Ed. by Laura L. Finley. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 2 vols. $173. (ISBN 978-0-313-36238-5). Ebook available (ISBN 978-0-313-36239-2) call for pricing. An unfortunate fact of life for educators...
Encyclopedia of the Black Death
Encyclopedia of the Black Death. By Joseph P. Byrne. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 429 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-59884253-1). Ebook available (978-1-59884-254-8), call for pricing. For more than 1400 years, outbreaks and epidemics...
Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia
Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Jeffrey E. Cole. Ethnic Groups of the World. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2011. 442 pages. Acid free $85 (ISBN 978-1-59884-302-6). Ebook available (978-1-59884-303-3), call for pricing. The first...
Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World: A Global Sourcebook and History
Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World: A Global Sourcebook and History. Ed. by Tiffany K. Wayne. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2011. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-0-313-34580-7). Ebook available (978-0-313-34581-4), call for...
Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia
Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Ed. by Ken Albala. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood, 2011. 4 vols. acid free $380 (ISBN 978-0-313-37626-9). Ebook available (978-0-313-37627-6), call for pricing. In his preface to this work, noted food scholar...
Getting Started with GIS: A LITA Guide
Getting Started with GIS: A LITA Guide. Eva Dodsworth. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2011. 183 p. Paper $70 (ISBN 978-1555707750). Getting Started with GIS: A LITA Guide introduces and highlights the importance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)...
Implementing Cost-Effective Assistive Computer Technology: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Implementing Cost-Effective Assistive Computer Technology: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Jane Vincent. New York: Neal Schuman, 2011. 139 p. Paper $64.95 (ISBN 978-1555707620). As noted in this book's foreword, library assistive practices...
International Encyclopedia of Political Science
International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Ed. by Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, and Leonardo Morlino. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage Reference, 2011. 8 vols. $1095 (ISBN 978-1-4129-5963-6). Ebook available (978-1-4129-9416-3), $1350. The...
Know It All, Find It Fast for Academic Libraries
Know it All, Find it Fast for Academic Libraries. Heather Dawson. London: Facet, 2012. 387 p. Paper $79 (ISBN 9781-85604-759-3). Many Internet guides are available to assist librarians as they help patrons find the information they are looking for....
Librarians and Code Year
As soon as I became editor of the "Accidental Technologist," I thought of a column on Codecademy's "Code Year" program. Code Year is interesting not only for its unique online educational model but also because of the way librarians have organized...
One Hundred and Eighty Years of Great Statistical Collections from the US Census Bureau: A Retrospective
Generations of information seekers have relied on the statistical compendia--most notably, the Statistical Abstract of the United States--produced by the Census Bureau and its predecessor agencies. As the federally-funded versions of these information...
Professional Preparation for "Text a Librarian": What Are the Requisite Competencies?
This study seeks to determine the competencies requisite for successful delivery of text reference service. A Delphi study was conducted to collect input from experienced text reference librarians, and forty-nine competencies were identified and evaluated...
RUSA Guidelines for Establishing Local History Collections
INTRODUCTION These guidelines are intended to assist librarians in establishing local history collections. In surveying the literature about the collecting of local materials it is apparent that many have already written about the use and the maintenance...
Sacred Books in English Translation
Sacred texts convey the tenets of religious faith and are central to the world's believers. These texts were originally written in a variety of non-English languages, making them inaccessible to many readers. Wayne Bivens-Tatum offers a carefully selected...
Self-Service Holds in Libraries: Is Patron Privacy Being Sacrificed for Patron Convenience?
The increased use of self service holds, a holds system where a patron is notified that a requested book has arrived and the patron retrieves it from a publicly accessible holds shelf without assistance from library staff, raises new questions about...
Welcome to "Taking Issues"
Welcome to "Taking Issues," RUSQS new forum for debate. "Taking Issues" will provide a space for substantive argument and deliberation about topics of importance to the practice of reference and user services. Contributions to this column will consider...
What They Didn't Tell Me (or What I Didn't Hear) in Library School: Perspectives from New Library Instruction Professionals
The transition from library school to the professional library instruction environment is fraught with challenges and ripe with opportunities. Each new teaching librarian has to find his or her own style and establish a toolkit of teaching techniques....
World Terrorism: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era
World Terrorism: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era. Ed. by James Ciment. Armonk, NY : Sharpe Reference, 2011. 3 vols. Acid free $349 (ISBN 978-0-7656-8284-0). Ebook available, call for pricing. World Terrorism:...
World War II at Sea: An Encyclopedia
World War II at Sea: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2011. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-59884-457-3). E-book available (978-1-59884-458-0), call for pricing. It is hard to believe that a work like...
Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide
Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide. Pamela H. MacKellar. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 220 p. Paper $70 (ISBN 978-1555-70763-7). For any library that has considered applying for a grant but has been overwhelmed by the seeming...
You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello
Saying goodbye has never been a favorite part of my life. For the past eight years, beginning with RUSQ 44:3, I have been privileged to edit the readers' advisory column. What a wonderful time it has been. I have had the chance to talk with and work...