Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2, Winter

50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action
50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action. By Diana Dow Schull. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 335 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1119-8). Focused on programs for public libraries, this commonsense primer for both frontline librarians and administrators challenges...
America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States
America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States. by Kim Kennedy White and Leslie H. Durham. Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO, 2012. 3 vols. Acid free $294 (ISBN: 978-1-59884657-7). E-book available (978-1-59884-658-4), call...
A "Novel" Approach to Recreational Reading: Creating a Virtual Collection on a Shoestring
The implementation of readers' advisory services in academic libraries continues to expand. Libraries have developed a variety of innovative projects that support students' recreational reading interests and promote academic libraries to their user...
Best of the Best Business Websites (Free Resources): The 2013 Winners
The Best of the Best Business Websites (Free Resources) is a RUSA BRASS Award, established in 2009, which recognizes three highly relevant business websites as selected by Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) Education Committee members....
Cart's Top 200 Adults Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review
Cart's Top 200 Adults Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review. By Michael Cart. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 136 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0838911587). Booklist columnist and critic Michael Cart uses his expertise in young adult literature to select...
Closing the Gap: Determining the Library Help-Seeking Preferences of Adult Learners in a Graduate Social Work Program
Adult learners are becoming increasingly prevalent in academic institutions. This trend is reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (2011) which indicated a steady increase in actual and projected numbers through 2019 of the total enrollment...
Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy & Scholarly Communication
Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy & Scholarly Communication. Edited by Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Merinda Kaye Hensley. Chicago: ACRL, 2013. 340 p. Paper $54 (ISBN: 978-083898621-9). Edited by the Scholarly Communications Librarian...
Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention
Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention. Edited by Justine J. Reel. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 498 p. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 9781-4408-0058-0). E-book available (978-1-4408-0059-7), call for pricing. Most recently,...
Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing around the World
Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing Around the World. Edited by Jill Condra. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-0-31337636-8). E-book available (978-0-313-37637-5), call for pricing. This 2-volume...
Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America
Encyclopedia of Street Crime in America. Edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2013. 538 p. $115 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-9957-1). This reference work explores the complex origins and effects of street crime, loosely defined as crimes...
Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature
Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature. Edited by Geoff Hamilton and Brian Jones. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 350 p. Acid free $75 (ISBN: 978-0-7864-6541-5). E-book available (978-1-4766-0053-6), call for pricing. Environmental...
Exemplary Practice for Learning 2.0: Based on a Cumulative Analysis of the Value and Effect of "23 Things" Programs in Libraries
Few library staff development programs have had the impact of Learning 2.0 (L2.0) or "23 Things." Launched in 2006 at the Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), the program, known as L2.0, "23 Things," boasts hundreds of adaptations...
Investment Success: Building and Managing Your Retirement Portfolio
The Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) 2013 Program, "Investment Success: Building and Managing Your Retirement Portfolio" was aimed at librarian's financial education and retirement planning. Two financial professionals, Charles Rotblut...
Japan at War: An Encyclopedia
Japan at War: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Louis G. Perez, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 615 p. Acid free. $100 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-741-3). E-book available (978-1-59884-742-0), call for pricing. From the ancient samurai warrior to the fearsome...
Knowledge into Action: Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Science
Knowledge Into Action: Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Science. By Danny P. Wallace and Connie Van Fleet. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. 388 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-975-2). Not all librarians conduct formal...
Leadership in Libraries: A Focus on Ethnic-Minority Librarians
Leadership in Libraries: A Focus on Ethnic-Minority Librarians. By Maha Kumaran. Oxford: Chandos, 2012. 187 p. Paper $72.10 (ISBN: 978-1-84334-658-6). This book addresses a topic not widely discussed: leadership roles of ethnic-minority librarians....
Less like a Lesson, and More like an Adventure: Learning, Libraries, and the Zombie Apocalypse
When I put out a call on Twitter for ideas for the Accidental Technologist, I didn't expect to get anything quite as bold as this. Matt Finch (@booksadventures on Twitter) mentioned his use of zombies and Angry Birds in literacy programs, which sounded...
Marketing Your Library's Electronic Resources
Marketing Your Library's Electronic Resources. By Marie R. Kennedy and Cheryl LaGuardia. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013. 177 p. Paper (ISBN: 978-1-55570-889-4). Many libraries have shifted collection development practices in favor of electronic resources...
Marriage Customs of the World: An Encyclopedia of Dating Customs and Wedding Traditions
Marriage Customs of the World: An Encyclopedia of Dating Customs and Wedding Traditions. Expanded Second Edition. Edited by George P. Monger. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-159884-663-8). E-book available (978-1-59884-664-5),...
Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia
Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Michael Shally-Jensen. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-013-3). E-book available (978-1-61069-014-0), call for pricing. Since the 1950s,...
Nation Shapes: The Story Behind the World's Borders
Nation Shapes: The Story Behind the World's Borders. By Fred M. Shelley. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 634 p. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-105-5). E-book available (978-1-61069-106-2), call for pricing. Dr. Shelley, professor of geography...
Outstanding Business Reference Sources 2013
Each year, the Business Reference Sources Committee of BRASS selects the outstanding business reference sources published since May of the previous year. This year, the committee reviewed twenty-seven entries; of these, two were designated as "Outstanding,"...
Over the Counter Help: User Perspective as an Active Ingredient in Marketing the Library
Effectively marketing library services and resources can be a challenge--and, often, more difficult than it needs to be. Promoting what the library has to offer should be simple and straightforward, speaking to users in ways that will resonate with...
Reference and Research Resources for Medical Sociology, Medical Anthropology, and Health Psychology
Understanding human health and healthcare provision is one of the most relevant issues today. The fields of medical sociology, medical anthropology, and health psychology offer unique approaches to studying human healthcare issues and their interconnections...
Self-Censorship in Selection of LGBT-Themed Materials
As librarians, many of us like to believe our profession is a noble calling. We stand on the front lines of democracy, providing people with information on all topics and from all points of view so that they can educate themselves and come to informed...
Serving At-Risk Teens: Proven Strategies and Programs for Bridging the Gap
Serving At-Risk Teens: Proven Strategies and Programs for Bridging the Gap. By Angela Craig and Chantell L. McDowell. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013. 220 p. Paper $60 (ISBN: 978-1-5557-0760-6). Serving At-Risk Teens presents one of the first guidebooks...
Social Media and Readers' Advisory: New Zealand Experiences
In this second and final instalment of a two-part readers' advisory series, Anwyll and Chawner present the findings and conclusion of their small-scale research project which examines the use of social media in New Zealand public libraries, with a...
Teaching Research Process: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers
Teaching Research Process: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers. By William B. Badke. Oxford: Chandos, 2012. 222 p. Paper $90 (ISBN: 978-1-84334-674-6). As a librarian and professor of religious studies, Badke recognizes...
The Development and Performance Measurements of Educational Programs to Improve Consumer Health Information (CHI) Literacy
Recently, health information has been a focus of attention, and numerous researchers have demonstrated that library users seek Consumer Health Information (CHI) services and health-related education programs. (1) Health Literacy is defined as an...
The Early Medieval World: From the Fall of Rome to the Time of Charlemagne
The Early Medieval World: From the Fall of Rome to the Time of Charlemagne. By Michael Frassetto. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-995-0). E-book available (978-1-59884-996-7), call for pricing. The Early...
The Future of Scholarly Communication
The Future of Scholarly Communication. Edited by Deborah Shorley and Michael Jubb. London: Facet, 2013. 188 p. Paper (ISBN: 978-1-85604-817-0). This useful work illustrates the complex and unpredictable scholarly communications environment in which...
The Jerome Kern Encyclopedia
The Jerome Kern Encyclopedia. By Thomas S. Hischak. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2013. 327 p. Alkaline $80 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-9167-8). E-book available (978-0-8108-9168-5), $79.99. An encyclopedia dedicated to the merits and contributions of one person...
The Margaret Mitchell Encyclopedia
The Margaret Mitchell Encyclopedia. By Anita Price Davis. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 233 p. Acid free $75 (ISBN: 978-0-7864-6855-3). E-book available (978-0-7864-92459), call for pricing. Anita Price Davis has produced a meticulously researched...
The Myth and the Reality of the Evolving Patron: A Report and Reactions to the 2013 RUSA President's Program with Lee Rainie
Mary P. Popp, 2012-2013 RUSA President, provided the leadership and inspiration for this annual program which drew a large audience that filled all the seats and spilled over onto the floor of the McCormick Place convention center room for five hundred...
The Sage Reference Series on Disability: Key Issues and Future Directions
The Sage Reference Series on Disability: Key Issues and Future Directions. Edited by Gary L. Albrecht. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2013. 8 vols. $600 (ISBN: 978-141298015-9). E-book available, call for pricing. Much attention is being focused on...
The Spirit of Giving and Receiving: Librarianship and the Volunteer Tradition
Recently I was talking with someone about the success of the ALA conferences. How do we attract so many attendees? What makes the ALA conference stand out among the other national and regional library conferences? There are a lot of reasons that I...
Wikipedia: Librarians' Perspectives on Its Use as a Reference Source
Wikipedia has had a rocky ride over its first decade of existence. As one of the largest knowledge repositories on the web, Wikipedia holds a top-ten position with Internet users, sharing this list with sites such as Google, Facebook, and YouTube....
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