Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, Winter

African American War Heroes
African American War Heroes. Ed. By James B. Martin. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 203 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-365-3). Ebook available (978-161069-366-0), call for pricing. James B. Martin, Associate Dean U.S. Army Command and...
American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change
American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change. 2nd ed. Ed. by James Climent and John Radzilowski. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2014. 4 vols. $399 (ISBN: 978-0-7656-8212-3). The first edition of the work, published...
Battles That Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats
Battles That Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats. By Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 355 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-2861-4). Ebook available (978-1-44082862-1), call for pricing. ...
Best of the Best Business Websites
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....
Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids: From Alvin Ailey to Zishe the Strongman
Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids: From Alvin Ailey to Zishe the Strongman. By Robert Reid. Chicago: Huron Street Press, 2014. 135 p. Paper $19.95 (ISBN: 978-1-93758957-8). Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids is a guidebook to excellent biographies...
Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books: Sharing Nature with Children through Reading
Bugs, Bogs, Bats, and Books: Sharing Nature with Children through Reading. By Kathleen T. Isaacs. Chicago: Huron Street Press, 2014. 260 p. Paper $19.95 (ISBN: 978-1937589-58-5). Teacher and librarian Kathleen Isaacs offers a carefully compiled...
Complementing Traditional Leadership: The Value of Followership
Webster defines a follower as "someone who does what other people say to do." In other words, followers take their cues from others--their leaders. But in recent years, management literature has explored the concept that excellent followers play a...
Design and Implementation of a Subject Librarian Training Program for University Libraries in China
The expected competencies of subject librarians, key elements in determining effectiveness of library subject services, not only reflect a librarian's collection development skills and service innovation abilities but also have an impact on the transition...
Encyclopedia of Human Memory
Encyclopedia of Human Memory. Ed. by Annette Kujawski Taylor. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN: 978-1-44-8-0025-2). The Encyclopedia of Human Memory is a three-volume set comprised of entries on topics related to...
Encyclopedia of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A New Era of Modern Warfare
Encyclopedia of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: A New Era of Modern Warfare. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 683 pages. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-279-3). Ebook available (978-161069-280-9), call for pricing. ...
Encyclopedia of Social Deviance
Encyclopedia of Social Deviance. Ed. by Craig J. Forsyth and Heith Copes. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 2 vols. $315 (ISBN: 978-1-4522-4403-6). The editors of the Encyclopedia of Social Deviance set out to create a work on social deviance that...
Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects
Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects. By Karen Calhoun. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2014. 320 p. Paper $95 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-985-3). Librarians today, particularly those of us who have been in the profession for less than...
Exploring Environmental Science with Children and Teens
Exploring Environmental Science with Children and Teens. By Eileen D. Harrington. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 264 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1198-3). Current classroom education focuses primarily on reading and math. This leaves little room...
From Famine to Fast Food: Nutrition, Diet, and Concepts of Health around the World
From Famine to Fast Food: Nutrition, Diet, and Concepts of Health Around the World. Ed. by Ken Albala. Santa Barbara, CA.: Greenwood, 2014. 293 pages. Acid free $37 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-743-9). Ebook available (978-161069-744-6), call for pricing. ...
Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. by Richard Moniz
Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. By Richard Moniz, Jo Henry, and Joe Eshleman. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2014. 208 p. Paper $58 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-967-9). As the title states, this book is a fundamental overview of the common tasks performed...
Gamification in Libraries: The State of the Art
Gamification is undoubtedly a major trend: it was the topic of sessions at both of the previous ALA Annual conferences, has an interest group under LITA, and was mentioned in the last three NMC Horizon reports for higher education. While there is interest...
Getting the Library Job You Want: Tips for RUSA Members on Making the Next Career Move
I would like to use the opportunity of this pre-Midwinter Meeting 2015 column to reflect on the advice that many trusted colleagues have shared with me over recent years about something that all of us who work in reference, information, and all other...
Global Voices: Picture Books from around the World
Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World. By Susan Stan. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 240 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1183-9). "What children get from an international picture book that they don't get from an American picture book,"...
Industrialization in the Modern World: From the Industrial Revolution to the Internet
Industrialization in the Modern World: From the Industrial Revolution to the Internet. By John Hinshaw and Peter N. Stearns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2014.388p. (ISBN: 9781-61069-087-4), Ebook available (978-1-61069-088-1), call for pricing. Understanding...
Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Library
Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Library. By Leslie S. J. Farmer. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014. 196 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-8718-3). School librarians who would like to improve or...
Is the Face-to-Face Conference Still Essential?
Face-to-face conferences entail hundreds or thousands of flights and use up many other environmental, organizational, financial, and personal resources. Some librarians have argued for phasing them out in favor of virtual conferences, while others...
Marketing Comes to Reference and User Services
The "M" Word ... the dreaded Marketing, Promotion, or Communications piece that can come with many of our jobs. Why is it that we loathe it so much? Is it because we feel that as librarians, we should be above this sort of 'selling' tactic? Is it because...
Meeting a Composite of User Needs Amidst Change and Controversy: The Case of the New York Public Library
In an attempt to remain true to their mission of meeting user needs, libraries are constantly introducing changes to library buildings, facilities, collections, and services. While in many cases libraries are reducing the size of the physical collection,...
Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners
Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners. By Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2014. 248 p. Paper $65 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-989-1). Transliteracy, visual literacy, media literacy, digital literacy,...
Mind-Bending Mysteries and Thrillers for Teens: A Programming and Readers' Advisory Guide
Mind-Bending Mysteries and Thrillers for Teens: A Programming and Readers' Advisory Guide. By Amy J. Alessio. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 152 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-83891204-1). Teen librarian and lifelong mystery lover Amy J. Alessio draws upon her...
Outreach Activities for Librarian Liaisons
The role of the library liaison is evolving as user needs and library resources are changing. In this column, Isabel D. Silver, director of Instruction and Academic Outreach at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida describes...
Outstanding Business Reference Resources 2014
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, four were designated as "Outstanding,"...
Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project
Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project. Ed. By Spencer Crew, Lonnie Bunch, and Clement Price. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN 978-14408-0086-3). Ebook available...
Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library Instruction
Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library Instruction. By Mary Snyder Broussard, Rachel Hickoff-Cresko, and Jessica Urick Oberlin. Chicago: ACRL, 2014. 256 p. Paper $52 (ISBN: 978-08389-8689-9). Written by two academic...
Soccer around the World: A Cultural Guide to the World's Favorite Sport
Soccer Around the World: A Cultural Guide to the World's Favorite Sport. By Charles Parrish and John Nauright. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 400 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-302-8). Ebook available (978-161069-303-5), call for pricing....
Some Belated "Thank Yous"
One of the things that always strikes me about the library profession is the willingness with which librarians share ideas, time, and resources with each other and with the broader library profession. Unlike some other professions, there is very little...
The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories
The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories. Edited by Mark Alfino and Laura Koltutsky. Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2014. 469 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-1-936117-57-4). Intellectual freedom is a concept...
The New Encyclopedia of Islam
The New Encyclopedia of Islam. 4th ed. ed. By Cyril Glasse. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 736 pages. $95 (ISBN: 978-1-4422-2348-6). The 4th edition adds roughly 100 new items as well as revisions and updates to previously published...
The New University Library: Four Case Studies
The New University Library: Four Case Studies. By Matthew Conner. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 176 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1193-8). The university library can be thought of as an organic institution--it changes, it evolves, it grows, and...
The Values of Libraries: A Report on the RUSA President's Program
In order to be effective, public service occupations like library and information science must reconcile the values held amongst professionals with the perspectives and needs of the community being served. Such reconciliation is difficult because of...
The World of Musicals: An Encyclopedia of Stage, Screen, and Song
The World of Musicals: An Encyclopedia of Stage, Screen, and Song. By Mark A. Robinson. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-00962). Ebook available (978-1-4408-0097-9), call for pricing. In the introduction...
Warfare in the Roman Republic: From the Etruscan Wars to the Battle of Actium
Warfare in the Roman Republic: From the Etruscan Wars to the Battle of Actium. Ed. by Lee L. Brice. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 338 pages. Acid free $58 (ISBN: 9781-61069-298-4). Ebook available (978-1-61069-299-1), call for pricing. Covering...
We Owe Our Work to Theirs: Celebrating the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library
Anniversaries are a time for celebration. We are provided with opportunities for looking back at the beginning of a journey, its triumphs and hardships and taking time to reflect on the foundation that the anniversary was built on. For this issue,...
Women's Suffrage Movement
The trials during the Women's Suffrage Movement that rocked the beginning of the United States is reaching their one-hundredth anniversary, making this an imperative time to begin, add, or renew any collection. As this is a world-wide and continuous...
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