Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 4, Summer

African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events
African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events. By Karen Juanita Carrillo. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 420p. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-159884-360-6). E-book available (978-1-59884-361-3), call for pricing. The format of...
An Imperative for Libraries: How Well Do We Know Our Users?
In a recent essay in the blog In the Library with the Lead Pipe entitled "Libraries: The Next Hundred Years," Brett Bonfield put forth many ideas about library activities a hundred years from now, including such themes as interaction, intellectual...
Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature
Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature. By Mary Burkey Chicago: ALA, 2013. 103p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1157-0). Mary Burkey, a teacher-librarian and Booklist audiobook columnist, provides a delightful, in-depth look at...
Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Building and Managing E-Book Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Edited by Richard Kaplan. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2012. 197p. Paper $75 (ISBN: 978-1-5557-0776-7). The addition of digital formats to libraries has led to major shifts...
Chasing Reference: Librarians and Collaborative Slogging
I'm quite excited about this column because it touches upon so many interesting subjects at once: RUSA, professional marketing, collaborative blogging, and the Emerging Leaders program. I met Amy Barlow two ALA Midwinter Meetings ago in Dallas, and...
Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators
Complete Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators. By Carrie Russell. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 192p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1083-2). Also available as an e-book. As a librarian, do you need to care about copyright law? Carrie Russell's newest...
Connie Van Fleet, an Appreciation
Connie Van Fleet, who died on February 5, 2013, served as coeditor of this journal with her husband Danny Wallace for twelve years, longer than any other editors. Their work maintained the journal's "status as a premier publication for academic and...
Constitutional Amendments: An Encyclopedia of the People, Procedures, Politics, Primary Documents and Campaigns for the 27 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Constitutional Amendments: An Encyclopedia of the People, Procedures, Politics, Primary Documents and Campaigns for the 27 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. By Mark Grossman. Amenia, NY: Grey House, 2012. 2 vols. $225 (ISBN: 978-1-59237-999-6)....
Cross-Examining Google Scholar
If you ask a typical casual information user to name her first or favorite reference source, the answer is likely to be Google, and with good reason: Google's ease of use and ubiquity have opened up a world of information that formerly was trapped...
Debates on U.S. Health Care
Debates on U.S. Health Care. Ed. By Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Wendy E. Parmet, and Mark A. Zezza. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 569p. $115 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-9602-0). The Health Care Reform Act of 2010 brought many challenges that complicated,...
Debates on U.S. Immigration
Debates on U.S. Immigration. Ed. by Judith Gans, Elaine M. Replogle, and Daniel J. Tichenor. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2013. 624p. $125 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-9601-3). Despite the often repeated proclamation that we are a nation of immigrants, immigration...
Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education
Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Ed. by James A. Banks. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 4 vols. $535 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-8152-1). Perhaps now more than ever, in the United States as well as other countries, diversity is an integral part...
Encyclopedia of Terrorism
Encyclopedia of Terrorism. Ed. by Peter Chalk. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $205 (ISBN 978-0-313-30895-6). E-book available (978-0-313-385353), call for pricing. This work joins a growing number of encyclopedic treatments...
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (ACS)
Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census: From the Constitution to the American Community Survey (ACS). 2nd ed. Ed. by Margo J. Anderson, Constance F. Citro, and Joseph J. Salvo. Los Angeles: CQ Press, 2012. 456 p. alkaline $175 (ISBN 978-1-60871-025-6). E-book...
Encyclopedia of Video Games: The Culture, Technology, and Art of Gaming
Encyclopedia of Video Games: The Culture, Technology, and Art of Gaming. Ed. by Mark J. P Wolf. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-0-313-37936-9). E-book available (978-0-313-37937-6), call for pricing. Video game...
First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia
First Amendment Rights: An Encyclopedia. By Nancy S. Lind and Erik T. Rankin. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-61069-212-0). E-book available (978-1-61069-213-7), call for pricing. Considering the volatile social...
Fundamentals of Library Instruction
Fundamentals of Library Instruction. By Monty L. McAdoo. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 128p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1141-9). Drawing on his expertise as research and instruction librarian at the Baron-Forness Library of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania,...
Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections
Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections. By Carol A. Singer. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 167p. Paper $70 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1153-2). Many tried and true methods of library science have changed due to advances in technology and reduced budgets, but...
Genocide
Genocide, the deliberate elimination of a race, religious group, or gender, occurs more often than expected. Commonly known genocides include persecutions against the Cambodians, Rwandans, Armenians, and the European Jews; however, there are many lesser...
Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History
Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History. Ed. by Robert J. McMahon and Thomas W Zeiler. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press, 2012. 2 vols. acid free $400 (ISBN 978-160871-910-5). Reference books on US foreign relations abound. This work, however,...
In the Eye of the Beholder: Readers' Advisory from a Cataloging Perspective
We often focus our professional attention on what happens within libraries on libraries similar to our own. Looking to other public libraries, we seek inspiration, new ideas, and innovative approaches to enhancing our own readers' advisory service....
Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide
Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide. Edited by Ryan O. Weir. Chicago: ALA TechSource, 2012. 192p. Paper $65 (ISBN: 9781555707675). Managing Electronic Resources: A LITA Guide is a brave attempt to fulfill an important mission: providing...
Notable Books: The 2013 Selection of Titles
The Notable Books Council, a group of readers' advisory experts within the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced its selections for the 2013 Notable Books List. Since 1944,...
Outstanding Reference Sources: The 2013 Selection of Titles
The most noteworthy reference titles published in 2012 have been named to the 2013 Outstanding References Sources list. Sponsored by RUSA's Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES), the Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established...
Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children
Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children. By Kathleen T. Isaacs. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 216p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1126-6). Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children presents a selective bibliography...
Reading Matters in the Academic Library: Taking the Lead from Public Librarians
Academic libraries have been rapidly changing for some time as resources, reference, and instruction move online. E-resources of all types--books, articles, indexes, reference materials, maps, statistical data, government publications, and videos--are...
Regarding Reference in an Academic Library: Does the Desk Make a Difference?
Reference in academic libraries has been undergoing a dramatic transformation. Many libraries have abandoned the traditional reference desk in favor of different service models, including tiered reference services, expanded electronic reference services,...
Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery
Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery. Ed. by Judy L. Postmus. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 9781-59884-755-0). E-book available (978-1-59884-756-7). The purpose of Sexual...
Shall We Get Rid of the Reference Desk?
Traditional reference services involve a professional librarian sitting at a reference desk waiting for patrons to approach and when a question is asked, providing assistance. This model of service is one that, for many librarians, is hard to give...
The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering
The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering. Edited by Katherine O'Clair and Jeanne R. Davidson. Chicago: ACRL, 2012. 143p. Paper $32 (ISBN: 9780838986196). Although research is a fundamental component of the science,...
The Effect of Time of Day on Reference Interactions in Academic Law Libraries
Libraries and librarians generally aspire to provide the best services they can to their user communities. But what does that mean? Assumptions about what is needed may not necessarily align with the actual preferences of a given user group. In this...
The Encyclopedia of Housing
The Encyclopedia of Housing. 2nd ed. Ed. by Andrew T. Carswell. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 2 vols. $375 (ISBN 978-1-4129-8957-2). The second edition of The Encyclopedia of Housing is a timely update for housing research after the recent...
The Listen List 2013
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selection for the 2013 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration juried list. Established in 2010 by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of RUSA, the council...
The Reading List 2013: The RUSA CODES Reading List Council
The expert readers' advisory librarians on the Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) Reading List Council have selected their top picks for 2013 in eight popular genres: adrenaline titles (including suspense, thrillers, and action adventure),...
This Is Who We Were: A Companion to the 1940 Census
This is Who We Were: A Companion to the 1940 Census. By Scott Derks. Amenia, NY: Grey House, 2012. 458 p. $150 (ISBN 978-1-61925-007-9). E-book available (978-1-61925-008-6), call for pricing. Studies of twentieth-century American history invariably...
Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Recreating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning and Research
Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Recreating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning and Research. By Gail M. Staines. Oxford: Chandos, 2012. 157p. Paper $90 (ISBN: 1843346338). Librarians do everything: plumber,...
World War II: The Essential Reference Guide
World War II: The Essential Reference Guide. By Priscilla Roberts. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2012. 411 p. acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-61069-101-7). E-book available (978-1-61069-102-4), call for pricing. The global scale of World War II and the...
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