Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring

African-American Culture and History on CD-ROM
African-American Culture and History on CD-ROM. Release 1.0. New York: Macmillan Library Reference, 1999. Price: $450. (ISBN 0-02-865364-5). www.mlr.com. Requirements: 486-66 PC/compatible or higher; CD-ROM drive; 36 MB hard disk space (only 18...
American Library Association Notable Books 2000
RUSA Notable Books Council The Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has compiled its year 2000 list of outstanding books for the general reader. These titles...
Award-Winning Articles in RQ and RUSQ
Fifteen years ago, the Reference and Adult Services Division established an annual $500 award, the Reference Service Press Award, to honor the most outstanding article published during the preceding two volume years in RQ. Organizationally, there have...
Books Received but Not Reviewed
1-2 Corinthians. Ed. by Gerald Bray. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. New Testament VII.) Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 348p. $40 (ISBN 1-57958-071-8). 100 Best Album Covers. Comp. by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell. New York: DK...
Building a Core Internet Reference Collection
You have decided to collect and organize an Internet Reference Collection. Will you publish it on a Web page or Web site? Will the Web page(s) be published on a Web server or stored on diskette for local use only? Are you going to provide a printed...
Clinging to Traditional Reference Services
An Open Invitation to Libref.com To begin with, let me set the context for this critical assessment of the future of reference. I am not a reference librarian. I am an administrator responsible for library operations, among other things. So why...
Electronic Mail Reference Services in the Public Library
Although more and more libraries are offering electronic mail reference services, little information about these services has been reported. We conducted an exploratory survey to examine public library e-mail reference services and the patrons who...
Forensic Medicine Sourcebook
Forensic Medicine Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Information for the Lay-person about Forensic Medicine, Including Crime Scene Investigation, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Expert Testimony, Computer-Aided Criminal Identification, Digital Imaging in...
Head of Reference Positions in Academic Libraries
A Survey of Job Announcements from 1990 through 1999 This study consists of the content analysis of 127 position announcements, issued from 1990 through 1999, for heads of reference positions in academic libraries. Each announcement was analyzed...
"Linkrot" and the Usefulness of Web Site Bibliographies
This article examines whether outdated URLs are still a problem and to what extent they decrease the usefulness of paper bibliographies and reviews of Web sites. The authors make specific recommendations that bibliographers and Web site authors can...
Outstanding Reference Sources
The 2000 Selection of Recent Titles RUSA Reference Sources Committexe The 2000 list of Outstanding Reference Sources for small and medium-sized libraries has been announced by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of...
Professional Materials Received but Not Reviewed
Accessible Libraries on Campus: A Practical Guide for the Creation of Disability-Friendly Libraries. Ed. by Tom McNulty. Chicago: Assn. of College and Research Libraries, 1999. 191p. $20 ACRL members, $22 nonmembers. (ISBN 0-8389-8035-X). American...
Scaling the Pyramids
Building a Collection on a Basic Foundation As obesity becomes epidemic among adults and children in the United States, American readers devour record numbers of how-to books on weight loss, healthy eating, and nutrition. Diet books often top the...
See, Hear, and Speak No Evil
A Content Approach to Evaluating Multicultural Multimedia Materials In this article, I offer evaluation criteria for librarians, teachers, parents, and others who are responsible for selecting and providing multicultural multimedia materials (text,...
Studies in Irish Literature CD-ROM
Studies in Irish Literature CD-ROM. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Pr., 1999. Price: $295 stand-alone; networked version available for an additional $75/10 users. (ISBN 0-313-31249-4). www.greenwood.com. Requirements: 386 or higher PC/compatible (486...
Virtual Classroom, Virtual Library
Library Services for an Online Writing Laboratory In this article, we explore the development, organization, launching, and pitfalls of a library using multiuser domain, object-oriented (MOO) technology in collaboration with the Online Writing Laboratory...
Where Have All the Patrons Gone?
Over the past year, I have heard a great deal of unease voiced by colleagues all over the country who are concerned about the decrease in traffic at the reference desks. ARL statistics confirm what reference librarians surmised: there has indeed been...
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