Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 3, Spring

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good
A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good. By Paul R. Bartrop. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 403 p. acid free $89 (ISBN: 9780313386787). E-book available (ISBN: 9780313386794), call for pricing. The author's...
A Book Sale How-To Guide: More Money, Less Stress
A Book Sale How-to Guide: More Money, Less Stress. By Pat Ditzler and Joann Dumas. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 112 pages. Paper $40 (ISBN: 9780838910740). Book sales (or, to be more modern and current, book and electronic media sales) are the backbone of...
Academic Archives
Academic Archives. Aaron D. Purcell. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 315 p. Paper $95 (ISBN: 9781555707699). Changing roles for academic libraries means changing roles for academic archives. Academic archives no longer exist in isolation from their...
Adult Reading Habits and Preferences in Relation to Gender Differences
This article examines existing studies and theories about gender differences in the reading preferences of children, adolescents, and adults. A recent study of the reading preferences of a sample of adult men and women is then presented. Interest...
A Guide to Teaching Information Literacy: 101 Practical Tips
A Guide to Teaching Information Literacy: 101 Practical Tips. By Helen Blanchett, Chris Powis, and Jo Webb. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 262 p. Paper $71 (ISBN: 9781856046596). Recognizing the increasingly crucial role librarians play in information...
Answering Teens' Tough Questions: A YALSA Guide
Answering Teens' Tough Questions: A YALSA Guide. Teens at the Library Series. By M. K. Eagle. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 123 p. Paper $9.95 (ISBN: 9781555707941). Young adults aged 12-18 can be a tricky group to understand, and our society too...
Applied Science
Applied Science. Ed. by Donald R. Franceschetti. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2012. 5 vols. acid free $595 (ISBN: 9781587657818). Online access included with purchase of print. Applied Science is filling a gap in encyclopedic sets dealing with science and...
Best Historical Materials 2012
Each year, the RUSA/CODES History Section Historical Materials Committee selects an assortment of resources that reflect the best resources for historical research. The 2012 list follows.--Editor ONLINE RESOURCES AIDS Posters. UCLA Louise M....
Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions
Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions. Ed. by Maria Herrera-Sobek. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN: 9780313343391). E-book available (ISBN: 9780313343407), call for pricing. Celebrating...
Chronology of the U.S. Presidency
Chronology of the U.S. Presidency. Ed. by Mathew Manweller. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 4 vols. acid free $399 (ISBN: 9781598846454). E-book available (ISBN: 9781598846461), call for pricing. The highest office of the US government, the presidency,...
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents and Underground Classics
Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents and Underground Classics. Ed. by Bart H. Beaty and Stephen Weiner. Critical Survey of Graphic Novels Series. Ipswich, MA: Salem, 2013. 3 vols. acid free $395 (ISBN: 9781587659508). Online access included...
Database Support for Public Policy Paper Location
Of the myriad resource types needed by public policy students and researchers, policy papers can be the most difficult to locate because of the various sources in which they can be found. Policy papers or policy research can be beneficial to government...
Differing Perceptions of Public Librarians and Users in Assessing and Developing Korean Consumer Health Information
The number of users who access the Internet to obtain health information is growing rapidly. (1) In 2005, a survey demonstrated that 79 percent of US Internet users had had some experience using Consumer Health Information (CHI) during the previous...
Diversity Programming and Outreach for Academic Libraries
Diversity Programming and Outreach for Academic Libraries. By Kathleen A. Hanna, Mindy M. Cooper, and Robin A Crumrin. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 200 p. Paper $85 (ISBN: 9781843346357). Diversity Programming and Outreach for Academic Libraries...
Encyclopedia of Community Corrections
Encyclopedia of Community Corrections. Ed. by Shannon M. Barton-Bellessa. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 487 p. $115 (ISBN: 9781412990837). The stated purpose of the Encyclopedia of Community Corrections is to "provide a reference resource that...
Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage
Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage. Ed. by Carl A. Zimring and William L. Rathje. Los Angeles. Sage Reference, 2012. 2 vols. $320 (ISBN: 9781412988193). The Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science...
Encyclopedia of Gender in Media
Encyclopedia of Gender in Media. Ed. by Mary Kosut. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 493 p. $115 (ISBN: 9781412990790). While reference works discussing the media are nothing new, recent changes in how people interact with media, coupled with...
Encyclopedia of Global Studies
Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Ed. by Helmut K. Anheier and Mark Juergensmeyer. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 4 vols. $540 (ISBN: 9781412964296). This four-volume set represents an ambitious entry by Sage Reference into the relatively new...
Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change
Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change. 2nd ed. Ed. by S. George Philander. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 3 vols. $340 (ISBN: 9781412992619). The ongoing debate concerning global warming and its effects on the planet continues at...
Encyclopedia of New Venture Management
Encyclopedia of New Venture Management. By Matthew R. Marvel. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 512 p. $115. (ISBN: 9781412990813). The purpose of this single-volume reference work is "to offer a comprehensive set of articles in the field of new...
Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber
Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams: The Evolution, Function, Nature, and Mysteries of Slumber. Ed. by Deirdre Barrett and Patrick McNamara. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 9780313386640). E-book available (ISBN: 9780313386640),...
Encyclopedia of the Kennedys: The People and Events That Shaped America
Encyclopedia of the Kennedys: The People and Events That Shaped America. By Joseph M. Siracusa. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN: 9781598845389). E-book available (ISBN: 9781598845396), call for pricing. At first glance,...
Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice
Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice. Ed. by Margaret E. Beare. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 510 p. $115 (ISBN: 9781412990776). In the introduction to this single-volume reference work, editor Margaret E. Beare (York University,...
Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia
Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Daina Ramey Berry. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 381 p. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 9780313349089). E-book available (ISBN: 9780313349096), call for pricing. Though we have seen books discussing...
Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians
Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians. By David Stuart. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2011. 173 p. Paper $110 (ISBN: 9781856047456). When first looking into e-science, data curation, or linked data, it is easy to become overwhelmed...
Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law
Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law. 2nd ed. Ed. by Gregg Lee Carter. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 3 vols. Acid free. $294 (ISBN: 9780313386701). E-book available (ISBN: 9780313386718), call for...
Information Literacy Assessment: Keep It Simple, Keep It Going
Is it possible to administer an information literacy assessment in only a few classes that would provide essential, adequate, data from semester to semester? In a college with a student body of about 2,000, would it be possible to obtain actionable...
Interdisciplinarity and Academic Libraries
Interdisciplinarity and Academic Libraries. Edited by Daniel C. Mack and Craig Gibson. Chicago: ACRL, 2012. 238 p. Paper $62 (ISBN: 9780838986158). Medical humanities, environmental studies, game design: interdisciplinary academic programs are proliferating....
Joint Libraries: Models That Work
Joint Libraries: Models That Work. By Claire B. Gunnels, Susan E. Green, and Patricia M. Butler. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 232 p. Paper. $60 (ISBN: 9780838911389). Public and university libraries, school and public libraries, university and community...
Library Labs
While I unfortunately missed their presentation at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, I was so impressed by Mackenzie Brooks's and Margaret Heller's slides that I immediately contacted them about writing for "Accidental Technologist." Their concept...
Making the Leap: One Librarian's Experience
Libraries have long attracted staff, interns, and other individuals who seek careers in the information professions. As environments, they afford exceptional opportunities as training grounds in many areas of endeavor. But the library setting is only...
Mobile Academic Libraries: A Snapshot
At this point in our technological world, it seems trite to start a paper by talking about the enormous changes taking place in libraries. They are endemic, they are everlasting, and they keep one continually wondering what new things are on the horizon....
Organic Farming: A Research Guide
Organic farming has been one of the fastest growing markets in agriculture during the last twenty years. It combines both tradition and science to produce crops and livestock that flourish in the absence of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and hormones....
Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales and Poetry
Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales and Poetry. By Mary Northrup. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 200 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 9780838911440). In this revised edition of Picture Books for Children by Patricia J. Cianciolo, Picture Books for Children:...
RA Training: "Getting Started with Readers' Advisory"
When we think of small town libraries, we often visualize the serene setting of familiar faces strolling in and out of the front door of the library, an old historical building, or the lounging of a library cat or two napping in the sun. What we don't...
Should Libraries Be Run like Businesses?
Is it appropriate to speak of the "business" of libraries? Should librarians view our relationship with the people who use our services as one of supplier and customer? Can thinking of ourselves in business terms spur us to greater efficiency and responsiveness...
Significantly Different? Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries
There is a widely held belief in the library profession that public and academic libraries are substantially different from one another. Indeed at least superficially, the two types of libraries do seem to be more different than alike. Academic library...
Small Public Library Management
Small Public Library Management. By Jane Pearlmutter and Paul Nelson. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 152 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 9780838910856). Comprehensive and entertaining, but ultimately rather superfluous--in a nutshell, this describes this new title in...
Sports around the World: History, Culture, and Practice
Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. Ed. by John Nauright and Charles Parrish. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 4 vols. acid free $415 (ISBN: 9781598843002). E-book available (ISBN: 9781598843019), call for pricing. ABC-CLIO...
Technology, Lifelong Learning and I (or We)
I am both excited and a little daunted to know that our office will soon have two new tablet computers for use in our work with the library catalog, the library website, and user access to electronic resources. More and more of our users are bringing...
The African American Electorate: A Statistical History
The African American Electorate: A Statistical History. Ed. by Hanes Walton Jr., Sherman C. Puckett, and Donald R. Deskins Jr. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $350 (ISBN: 9780872895089). Online access available, call for pricing....
The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Culture, Environments
The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Culture, Environments. 2nd ed. By John M. Budd. Chicago: ACRL, 2012. 416 p. Paper $58 (ISBN: 9780838986127) This work is the second edition of Budd's 2005 book of the same title. Budd is a professor in...
The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia
The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Wilbur R. Miller. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 5 vols. $560 (ISBN: 9781412988766). This five-volume encyclopedia explores the social history of criminal justice...
The War of 1812: A Complete Chronology with Biographies of 63 General Officers
The War of 1812: A Complete Chronology with Biographies of 63 General Officers. By Bud Hannings. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 393 p. acid free. $145 (ISBN: 9780786463855). E-book available (ISBN: 9780786490288), call for pricing. By the same...
World Food: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence from Hunter-Gatherers to the Age of Globalization
World Food: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence from Hunter-Gatherers to the Age of Globalization. By Mary Ellen Snodgrass. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2012. 2 vols. alkaline $249 (ISBN: 9780765682789). World Food: An Encyclopedia...