Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, Summer

Announcing the Move of Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) to an Online Publication
At the 2011 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association, the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Board voted unanimously to approve the move of the division's professional journal, Reference & User Services Quarterly (RUSQ),...
A Reference Librarian in Special Collections: Making the Most of a Learning Opportunity
Many librarians have been asked to take on additional responsibilities during these tight economic times. In this column, Maureen Perry writes about what she learned from her year as a hybrid librarian, splitting her time between reference and special...
E-Books and Readers' Advisory
E-books are on the minds of publishers, authors, and readers these days. And they should be on the minds of librarians as well. As with any new format for materials, there are challenges and issues that libraries face in adding e-books to their collections....
Farewell Stacks ... Hello Digital
Many individuals helped create this memorable volume. Tim Clifford, our production editor at ALA Production Services, is responsible for the great cover graphic commemorating the journal's fiftieth anniversary. The members of the RUSQ Editorial Advisory...
From Reference Librarian to Interim Dean: A Journey of Comparisons and Contrasts
The path to becoming an academic library dean is not prescriptive nor necessarily linear. Each ascends to that post in a unique way; all come from different backgrounds and experiences. For some, such a position is a goal from the start of their careers;...
Higher Education and Emerging Technologies: Student Usage, Preferences, and Lessons for Library Services
This study examines the utilization and preference of popular Internet and communication technologies among students at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), a Carnegie Research Doctoral University in East Texas. The researchers wished to study the...
Identifying Reusable Resources in Digital Reference Responses
Are the resources provided in answers to reference questions reusable for answering future reference questions? This study seeks to answer this question as a means to address the scalability problem of human-mediated reference work. Using the Internet...
Libraries as the Spaces between Us: Recognizing and Valuing the Third Space
Much has been written recently about the "library as place." This essay approaches the question of library space philosophically, arguing that developing commercial attitudes toward space leads us away from more productive ways of conceiving libraries....
Notable Books: The 2011 Selection Of-Titles
Since 1944, the Notable Books Council has annually selected a list of twenty-five very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader. Books may be selected because they possess exceptional...
Outstanding Reference Sources: The 2011 Selection of Titles
The Outstanding Reference Source list of titles identifies the most important reference publications for small- and medium-sized public and academic libraries published in a given year. The publication of this list began in 1958 and now also includes...
The Compleat Philosophy Librarian
Philosophy can be considered one of the "key" subjects, unlocking as is does much of the theoretical conversations that take place in other fields. It can also be a daunting proposition for librarians trying to develop a collection that is broad enough...
The Impact of Social Marketing Strategies on the Information Seeking Behaviors of College Students
Effects of social marketing strategies on student research behaviors were investigated. Three objectives were identified as target behaviors for change: (1) decrease procrastination due to the illusion of immediacy, (2) increase students' willingness...
The Reading List 2011
The Reading List annually recognizes the best books in eight genres: adrenaline (which includes suspense, thriller, and adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women's fiction. This year's list includes...
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