Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 3, Spring

Academic Libraries and Extracurricular Reading Promotion
It is clear to anyone in the library profession, and certainly to readers of this column, that readers' advisory (RA) services have become an important part of libraries. While librarians have worked to connect readers and books throughout the history...
ALA-APA Support Staff Certification: Rusa's Role
As I put pen to paper to write this column (yes sometimes the ideas still start that way for me), the ghosts and goblins are at the door. Perhaps that's not such a strange metaphor for this column because the idea of support staff certification is...
A Midyear Progress Report
Because I am halfway through my first year as editor, I thought RUSQ readers were due a progress report. I hope some of you noticed a redesign, beginning with the Fall 2006 issue. I felt that RUSQ was due for a facelift as the journal had not been...
An Analysis of the Literature on Instruction in Academic Libraries
This research examined the literature on instruction in academic libraries to determine the journals in which such articles were published, the types of articles, and changes in the types by year. Results show that Research Strategies, Reference Services...
Data Services in Academic Libraries Assessing Needs and Promoting Services
Academic libraries play an important role in making numeric data collections available to their researchers and providing assistance in identifying and accessing appropriate resources. The University of Tennessee Libraries have been working to strengthen...
Euthanasia: A Guide to Sources
Euthanasia is a topic of hot debate in social, political, legal, medical, religious, and ethical arenas. It is one of those topics that collection development librarians grapple with when striving to create authoritative, accessible, and useful collections....
Got Data? the Census Bureau's State Data Center Network Reaches out to Local Communities
Let me be sure I understand you: You want to start a tearoom and bakery business, and you'd like to know the number of women living in Kansas City whose households have incomes of more than $60,000? ... Okay! Yes, I can help you with that." So begins...
Information Literacy and IT Fluency: Convergences and Divergences
Academic librarians are currently challenged by a variety of nomenclature issues, nowhere more evident than in the expanding cluster of terms centered on concepts and processes of accessing, evaluating, and using information. This development is undoubtedly...
Providing Reference Service in Our Sleep: Using a FAQ Database to Guide Users to the Right Sources
This is my first column as the editor of the new Management column. I am heartily in favor of a column on managing reference and user services departments. In my career as a librarian, I have managed collections ranging from as small as a popular books...
The Digital Reference Electronic Warehouse Project: Creating the Infrastructure for Digital Reference Research through a Multidisciplinary Knowledge Base
One of the valuable offerings of librarians in the digital age is the human intermediation of information needs. In physical libraries, these reference questions are answered, and few artifacts remain from the transaction; therefore, the knowledge...
The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books
The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books. Association for Library Services to Children. Chicago: ALA, 2006. 184p. $19 (ISBN 0-8389-3565-6). Any library professional working in the area of children's services will have...