Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1, Fall

100 People Who Changed 20th-Century America
100 People Who Changed 20th-century America. Ed. by Mary Cross. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $173 (ISBN 978-1-61069-085-0). Ebook available (978-0-61069-086-7), call for pricing. This two-volume set is an accessible and attractive...
Access Services-Check Us Out!
In recent years, academic libraries have seen a shift in their bread and butter operations. No longer are they primarily destinations for mediated, on-site use of collections. More and more, library users demand content when and where they can access...
Almanac of American Military History
Almanac of American Military History. By Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2524 pages, 4 vols. acid free $415 (ISBN 978-1-59884-530-3). Ebook available (978-1-59884-530-1), call for pricing. The Almanac of American Military History...
An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields
An Encyclopedia of American Women at War: From the Home Front to the Battlefields. Ed. By Lisa Tendrich Frank. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-59884-443-6). Ebook available (978-1-59884-444-3), call for pricing....
Arcane Magic: Hal Hall and the Creation and Transformation of Science Fiction Indexing
Scholarship in Science Fiction Studies has expanded greatly in recent decades. As a field of study, it has been extant in one form or another since the 1940s, with the first peer-reviewed journal, Extrapolation, regularly published since 1959. In the...
Arizona Public Libraries Serving the Spanish-Speaking: Context for Changes
As the Hispanic/Latino population grows, and as the Spanish-speaking population grows, library services for those groups become more important. (1) Arizona is at the forefront of Latino population growth and political and racial politics, as evidenced...
A Student Guide to Health: Understanding the Facts, Trends, and Challenges
A Student Guide to Health: Understanding the Facts, Trends, and Challenges. Ed. by Yvette Malamud Ozer. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 5 vols. acid free $268 (ISBN 978-0-313-39305-1). Ebook available (978-0-313-39306-8), call for pricing. This...
Being a Teen Library Services Advocate
Being a Teen Library Services Advocate. By Linda W Braun. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 107 p. Paper $50 (ISBN 978-1-55570-795-8). Teen services are sometimes overlooked in libraries. Shrinking budgets and staff shortages can leave this important group without...
Best Free Reference Websites: The Fifteenth Annual List
Welcome to the fifteenth annual "Best Free Reference Websites" list. This project has existed since the late 1990's. Fifteen years ago (1998), the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA appointed an ad hoc task force to develop a method...
Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History
Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History. Ed. by Brian C. Black. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 4 vols. acid free $399 (ISBN 978-1-59884-761-1). Ebook available (978-1-59884-762-8), call for pricing. The first indication of the...
Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments
Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments. Edited by Maxine Melling and Margaret Weaver. London: Facet, 2013. 198 p. Paper $95 (ISBN 978-1-85604-858-3). In today's higher education environment, academic libraries no longer can afford...
Debating Issues in American Education: A Sage Reference Set
Debating Issues in American Education: A Sage Reference Set. Ed. By Charles J. Russo and Allan G. Osborne. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2013. (ISBN: 978-1-4129-8978-7). The editors' ambitious endeavor to capture as many of the important debates...
Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions
Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions. Ed. By Raphael Patai and Haya Bar-Itzhak. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2013. 2 vols. Alkaline $299 (ISBN 978-0-76562025). The Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore and Traditions follows a typical A--Z format....
Encyclopedia of the Mind
Encyclopedia of the Mind. Ed. by Harold Pashler. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2013. 2 vols. $160 (ISBN 978-14129-5057-2). This two-volume reference set exploring the human mind gets high marks for credibility and comprehensiveness. Editor Harold...
Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide
Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide. Ed. by Charles R. Figley. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 873 pages. $375 (ISBN 978-1-4129-7879-8). Charles R. Figley has a long history of writing about issues related to trauma such as Treating...
Establishing Twenty-First-Century Information Fluency
In today's tech-driven environment, students often appear more focused on Facebook and texting than engaged in their learning environments. Institutions of higher education bear responsibility for changing their learning structures to accommodate the...
Events That Formed the Modern World: From the European Renaissance through the War on Terror
Events That Formed the Modern World: From the European Renaissance Through the War on Terror. Ed. by Frank W Thackeray and John E. Findling. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 5 vols. acid free $488 (ISBN 978-1-59884-901-1). Ebook available (978-1-59884-902-8),...
Fundamentals of Reference
Fundamentals of Reference. By Carolyn M. Mulac. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 132 p. Paper $52 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1087-0). In the introduction to this book, author Carolyn Mulac states that "the purpose of the Fundamentals of Reference is to present an outline...
Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman
Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman. Ed. by Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith. Greenwood Icons. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-313-39923-7). Ebook available (978-0-313-39924-4),...
I'm a Chair, but I Feel like a Folding Chair: How RUSA Can Help Develop Your Leadership Skills
I have had a lot on my mind lately, with the ALA Annual Conference and the start of my year as RUSA president. But what I have been thinking about the most is leadership development and mentoring. There are things that all of us need throughout our...
Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation and Integration
Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation and Integration. Ed. by Elliot Robert Barkan. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 4 vols. acid free $415 (ISBN 978-1-59884-219-7). Ebook available (978-1-59884-220-3), call for pricing. The bulk...
Information Literacy Skills of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science Tertiary Students in Singapore
From as far back as the 1980s, scholars and experts have endorsed the importance of and need for information literacy (IL) to deal with the exponentially increasing amounts of information that an individual is faced with everyday. (1) The mission to...
Know Thy Users: User Research Techniques to Build Empathy and Improve Decision-Making
At the 2012 Computers in Libraries conference I was fortunate to attend a presentation by Amanda Etches where she outlined, in concise but comprehensive form, many methods of user research. The presentation struck me as something every librarian, no...
Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals
Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals. By Celia Ross. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 186 p. Paper $52 (ISBN: 9780838910849) "I need to find information on trends in the animation industry for the United States...
Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook
Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook. By Paul J. Springer. Contemporary World Issues. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 297 pages, acid free $58 (ISBN 9781-59884-732-1). Ebook available (978-1-59884-733-8), call for pricing. Military...
Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures, and Contemporary Issues
Native Peoples of the World: An Encyclopedia of Groups, Cultures, and Contemporary Issues. Ed. by Steven Danver. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2013. 3 vols. alkaline $349 (ISBN 978-0-7656-8222-2). Our planet is home to more than 5,000 indigenous...
Public Libraries and Resilient Cities
Public Libraries and Resilient Cities. Edited by Michael Dudley. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 192 p. Paper $65 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1136-5) Michael Dudley, editor of Public Libraries and Resilient Cities, is an urban planning librarian and researcher at the...
Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework for Supporting Learning
Rethinking Information Literacy: A Practical Framework for Supporting Learning. Edited by Jane Seeker and Emma Coonan. London: Facet, 2013. 224 p. Paper $95 (ISBN: 978-1-85604-822-4). The focus of this ambitious volume is ANCIL, A New Curriculum...
Should Librarians Friend Their Patrons?
Do you follow your boss on Twitter? What about your coworkers? Do you friend them on Facebook, or do you reserve your social media accounts for friends and family and leave off professional acquaintances? Or do you try to be selective, friending...
Social Media and Readers' Advisory: A Win-Win Combination?
The first of a two-part series examining the use of social media for readers' advisory (RA) services, this column summarizes recent literature on the topic, and identifies the social media services most commonly used in New Zealand public libraries...
The Librarian's Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services
The Librarian's Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services. By Tomas A. Lipinski. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 733 p. Paper $130 (ISBN 978-1-55570-610-4). Imagine that the sales representative from your book vendor is on the telephone...
The Oxford Companion to American Politics
The Oxford Companion to American Politics. By David Coates. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $295 (ISBN 978-978-0-19-976431-0). This new reference work on American politics offers a collection of 245 essays focusing on...
The World at 1200: A Guide to Introductory Sources
The peoples and cultures that have populated our developing world have left behind artifacts of innovation, tradition, and success. These relics serve to educate modern societies as to the daily life and symbolic traditions experienced during these...
Thoughts on Scholarly Writing: Suggestions for Authors Considering Publishing in RUSQ
At a recent RUSQ board meeting, board members and I had a thoughtful and interesting discussion of the manuscript review process. As we have been working together now for a full volume of the journal, it seemed like a good time to review the processes...
Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services
Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services. Edited by Aaron W. Dobbs, Ryan L. Sittler, and Douglas Cook. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 307 p. Paper $65 (ISBN 978-1-55570-880-1). LibGuides has become an indispensable tool to librarians and other information...
Vietnam War: The Essential Reference Guide
Vietnam War: The Essential Reference Guide. Ed. by James H. Willbanks. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 341 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-61069-103-1). Ebook available (978-1-61069-104-8), call for pricing. Moments after first setting eyes...
Workers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia
Workers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia. By Robert E. Weir. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-59884-718-5). EBook available (978-1-59884-719-2), call for pricing. Workers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia,...
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