Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 4, Summer

2002 RUSA Awards. (RUSA Update)
The RUSA awards recognize outstanding achievement by members of the library profession. These awards honor librarians, publishers, libraries, and authors for significant current or past achievements such as publications, program development, and leadership...
A Year Inside Notable Books. (Current Issues)
Most readers know about the National Book Award and the Booker Prize, but few are familiar with the treasure trove of the Notable Books List. Rather than have a single prize, the Notable Books Council produces a yearly list of no more than twenty-six...
Communications from CODES: Collection Development and Evaluation Section
From the Chair CODES has enjoyed a tremendously productive year with many successful programs and publications. At the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Dual Assignments Discussion Group invited Melissa Stockton of CARL to discuss the complexities of consortial...
Cooperative Reference: Is There a Consortium Model? (from Committees of RUSA)
What kinds of cooperative reference initiatives are currently in practice? This is the question the Cooperative Reference Services Committee (of the American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association's Management and Operation of...
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. (Databases)
Bethesda, Md.: Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, 2000-. www.csa.com Pricing: The list price for WPSA is $8,480 for site-wide, unlimited access. For institutions with less than 3,500 FTE, the cost is $2,175. Group pricing is also available. Technical...
Cultural Heritage Institutions and Community Building. (Community Building)
"When people come together as learners under the aegis of a library or a museum, they have an opportunity to understand that cultural institutions--libraries, museums, historical societies, botanical gardens, archives, zoos, parks--are grounded on...
Developing an Outstanding Core Collection: A Guide for Libraries. (Professional Materials)
By Carol Alabaster. Chicago: ALA, 2002. 192p. $38 (ISBN 0-8389-0819-5). www.ala.org In this book, Carol Alabaster provides instructions for libraries interested in creating a core collection. She discusses the philosophy of having a core collection,...
Developing Web-Enhanced Learning for Information Fluency; a Liberal Arts College's Perspective
Learning is likely to take a new form in the twenty-first century, and a transformation is already in process. Under the framework of information fluency, efforts are being made at Rollins College to develop a Web-enhanced course that encompasses information...
Division News. (RUSA Update)
I want to update members on some recent RUSA activities and plans. We had a successful RUSA board retreat at Midwinter Meeting. A number of action items came about, including the Hot Topics in Frontline Reference Discussion Group, which met for the...
Doing It Right: A Readers' Advisory Program. (Readers' Advisory)
When I was invited to give a talk on readers' advisory (RA) work in Ohio the summer of 2001, I met Jan Nottingham and heard her talk about what she did. Since I particularly like to introduce first-time authors, I asked if she would be willing to write...
E-Commerce: Resources for Doing Business on the Internet. (the Alert Collector)
One of the big business stories in early 2002 was Amazon.com's profitability for the first time in four years. The company reported a $5 million net profit in the fourth quarter of 2001. (1) Although many dot.com entrepreneurs filed for bankruptcy...
Genealogical Research on the Web. (Professional Materials)
By Diane K. Kovacs. New York: Neal Schuman, 2002. 194p. $55 (ISBN 1-55570-4301). www.neal-schuman.com. Diane Kovacs has done it again! She has produced an excellent resource for librarians as well as genealogists. Comparable to her How to Find Medical...
History News: History Section
From the Chair One of the privileges of chairing the History Section in the past year has been participation in the planning retreat of RUSA's board of directors before the Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans. There was substantial agreement that RUSA...
Library Off-Site Shelving: A Guide for High-Density Facilities. (Professional Materials)
Ed by Danuta A. Nitecki and Curtis L. Kendrick. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 2001. 241p. $60 (ISBN 1-56308-885-1). www.lu.com. In their introduction to Library Off-Site Shelving: Guide for High Density Facilities, editors Danuta Nitecki...
Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians. (Professional Materials)
By Lesley Ellen Harris. Chicago: ALA, 2002. 135 p. $45 (ISBN 0-8389-0815-2). www.ala.org. Electronic resources are not bought and owned like print materials; they are licensed for certain uses, and this difference means many librarians are confronting...
Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Wrap-Up and Dialogue. (from the Editors)
The Wrap-up The past year has been one of changes. The most obvious to readers is the addition of RUSA Update and a resulting change in the production schedule. To accommodate the addition of Update as a regular feature, we are moving the "Received...
Managing and Analyzing Your Collection: A Practical Guide for Small Libraries and School Media Centers. (Professional Materials)
By Carol A. Doll and Pamela Petrick Barron. Chicago: ALA, 2002. 93p. $26 (ISBN 0-8389-0821-7). www.ala.org In this guide, analyzing library collections preliminary to management decisions is addressed by promoting and explaining special techniques...
Messages from MARS: Machine-Assisted Reference Section
From the Chair This has been a productive year for MARS. Completing our quinquennial section review has afforded us an opportunity to look over our accomplishments and consider the focus we have maintained "on the intersection of technology and...
MOUSS Tales: Management and Operation of User Services
From the Chair As RUSA's youngest section, MOUSS has evolved considerably over the years from the original MOUSS section to our current larger MOUSS one, incorporating former SUPS committees. And we may eventually look back on this past year as...
Oxford Reference Online. (Databases)
Oxford: Oxford Univ. Pr., 2002-. www.oxfordreference.com Pricing: Based on enrollment for academic institutions and on the size of the population served for public libraries. Prices range from $250/year for secondary schools to $2,995 for universities...
Sources Received but Not Reviewed
Reference Books The 1912 Olympic Games: Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. By Bill Mallon and Ture Widland. Results of the Early Modern Olympics, no. 6. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2002. 588p. alkaline $59.50 (ISBN 0-7864-1047-7)....
The Necessity of Real-Time: Fact and Fiction in Digital Reference Systems
Current discussions and trends in digital reference have emphasized the use of real-time digital reference services. Recent articles have questioned both the utility and use of asynchronous services such as e-mail. This article uses data from the AskERIC...
The Oxford Companion to Western Art
Ed. by Hugh Brigstocke. New York: Oxford Univ. Pr., 2001. 768p. acid free $75 (ISBN 0-19-866203-3). www.oup.com. Editor Hugh Brigstocke brings his experience as former curator at the National Gallery of Scotland, editor-in-chief of the Grove Dictionary...
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America
Ed. by David Carrasco. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Pr., 2001. 3 vols. acid free $395 (ISBN 0-19510815-9). www.oup.com "Mesoamerica is, in every way, a living world of complex and dynamic cultures" (xvii). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures...
The Scientific Revolution: An Encyclopedia
By William E. Burns. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-Clio, 2001. 387p. alkaline $85 (ISBN 0-87456-875-8). Scholarship on the early underpinnings of modern science, the scientific revolution, can be difficult reading for one unpracticed in philosophy...
Utilizing Web-Based Case Studies for Cutting-Edge Information Services Issues; a Pilot Study
This article reports on a pilot study conducted by the Academic Libraries of the 21st Century project team to determine whether the benefits of the case study method as a training framework for change initiatives could successfully transfer from the...
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