Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, Spring

African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia
African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Delores D. Jones-Brown, Beverly D. Frazier, and Marvie Brooks. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 631 p. Acid free $100 (ISBN 978-0-313-35716-9). E-book (978-0-313-35717-6), call for...
Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Essential Reference Guide
Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Essential Reference Guide. Ed. by Priscilla Roberts. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 377 p. Acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-61069-067-6). E-book (978-1-61069-068-3) available, call for pricing. The Arab-Israeli conflict is...
Artifacts from Ancient Rome
Artifacts from Ancient Rome. By James B. Tschen-Emmons. Daily Life through Artifacts. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 321 p. Acid free $100 (ISBN 978-1-61069-619-7). E-book (978-1-61069-620-3) available, call for pricing. Greenwood has launched...
Best Historical Materials 2014
Each year, the RUSA/CODES History Section Historical Materials Committee selects an assortment of resources that reflect the best resources for historical research. The 2014 list follows. All resources received a final review on November 29, 2014.--Editor...
Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem: An Annotated Repertoire
Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Milestone Plays of Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem: An Annotated Repertoire. By Amnon Kabatchnik. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield, 2014. 382 p. Alkaline $125 (ISBN 978-1-4422-3547-2). E-book (978-1-4422-3548-9)...
Changing Needs, Changing Roles: How Public Libraries Are Expanding Traditional Service Models to Best Serve Their Communities
In the fall and winter columns I wrote about our year-long RUSA strategic planning process. In the fall I described the work of RUSA committees and task forces that have led to our current point in planning. In the winter I shared information about...
Dal Reads: The Evolution of a University-Based Unity Reading Program
Readers' advisory services in academic libraries play a small but important role in building the community of readers. Campus-wide reading programs offer a great opportunity to expand readers' advisory services in the academic world. Here, Marlo MacKay,...
Dance and Flamenco, a Guide to Sources
According to Merriam Webster's Concise Encyclopedia, dance is a "form of expression that uses bodily movements that are rhythmic, patterned (or sometimes improvised), and usually accompanied by music. One of the oldest art forms, dance is found in...
Dirty Deals?: An Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence, and Corruption
Dirty Deals?: An Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence, and Corruption. Ed. by Amy Handlin. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 3 vols. Acid free $294 (ISBN 978-1-61069-245-8). E-book (978-1-61069-246-5) available, call for pricing. While...
Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Ed. by Salvatore Attardo. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 2 vols. $315 (ISBN 978-1-4129-9909-0). Search online for information about any sitcom and you are likely to find a fan-authored site that provides minute...
Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth
Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth. Ed. by June Michele Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonseca. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 381 p. Acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-4408-0388-8). E-book (978-1-4408-0389-5) available, call...
Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction
Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction. By Maria T. Accardi. Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2013. 148 p. Paper $22 (ISBN 978-1-936117-55-0). With Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction, librarian Maria T. Accardi gives the reader an interesting,...
From Infancy to Adolescence: Seven Lessons for Creating a Sustainable Graduate Student Orientation Program
In recent years, academic librarians have been strengthening the suite of orientation opportunities they offer students and placing a priority on familiarizing them with collections and services to support their academic endeavor. At most universities,...
Health Disclaimers and Website Credibility Markers: Guidance for Consumer Health Reference in the Affordable Care Act Era
This article reports on the current state of health disclaimers, online health resources, and credibility markers provided on public library websites (N = 105) for those seeking health information. In light of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), these findings...
Hidden Religion: The Greatest Mysteries and Symbols of the World's Religious Beliefs
Hidden Religion: The Greatest Mysteries and Symbols of the World's Religious Beliefs. By Micah Issitt and Carlyn Main. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 531 p. Acid free $100.00 (ISBN 978-1-61069-477-3). E-book (978-1-61069-478-0) available, call...
Historical Guide to World Media Freedom: A Country-by-Country Analysis
Historical Guide to World Media Freedom: A Country-by-Country Analysis. By Jenifer Whitten-Woodring and Douglas A. Van Belle. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 575 p. Alkaline $150 (ISBN 978-1-60871-765-1). Online edition (978-1-45223-422-9) available,...
Information Literacy Instruction with Primo
Discovery services are changing the way library users find and access library materials, especially electronic resources. These search tools are also impacting information literacy instruction for users at all skill levels. The University of Southern...
Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources
Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources. Ed. by Katherine Lehman. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 136 p. Paper $46 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1205-8). As the use of primary sources becomes more prevalent in educational standards at the state and national...
Latin Music: Musicians, Genres, and Themes
Latin Music: Musicians, Genres, and Themes. Ed. by Ilan Stavans and Joshua Stavans. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 3 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-0-313-34395-7). E-book (978-0-313-34396-4) available, call for pricing. Latin Music: Musicians,...
Learning about Social Justice through Experiential Learning Abroad
Study abroad opportunities offer students and faculty a new window on their profession. Looking at how library services are offered in other countries can shed new light on practices in US libraries but can also remind us how important libraries are...
Legal Reference for Librarians: How and Where to Find the Answers
Legal Reference for Librarians: How and Where to Find the Answers. By Paul D. Healey. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 232 p. Paper $75 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1117-4). Is it possible to provide excellent legal reference to library users without fear of liability or...
Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, A LITA Guide
Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, A LITA Guide. By Caitlin A. Bagley. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 128 p. Paper $50 (ISBN 978-1-55570-990-7). Featuring a total of nine US makerspaces, this book explores the astounding diversity of library-sponsored...
Meeting the Need for Library-Based Financial Literacy Education
Our global economy has become so complex that the gap between what people know about economics and personal finance, and what they need to know, is widening every day. --Council for Economic Education The economic recession and resulting increased...
Mexico at War: From the Struggle for Independence to 21st Century Drug Wars
Mexico at War: From the Struggle for Independence to 21st Century Drug Wars. By David F Marley. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 615 p. Acid free, $100.00 (ISBN 978-1-61069-427-8). E-Book (978-1-61069-428-5) available, call for pricing. This title...
Penguins: The Ultimate Guide
Penguins: the Ultimate Guide. By Tui De Roy, Mark Jones, and Julie Cornthwaite. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. 240 p. $35 (ISBN 978-0-691-16299-7). This copiously illustrated guide comprehensively elucidates all the penguins of...
Pop Culture Places: An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture
Pop Culture Places: An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture. By Gladys L. Knight. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 3 vols. Acid free $310 (ISBN 978-0-313-39882-7). E-book (978-0-313-39883-4) available, call for pricing. The American...
Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic
Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Ed. By Charles A. Gallagher and Cameron D. Lippard. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 4 vols. Acid free $399 (ISBN 978-1-4408-0345-1). E-book available (978-1-4408-0346-8),...
Taking Stock of Your Institution's Marketing Efforts
Just as librarians weed their collections to make sure materials are relevant, up-to-date, and in good condition, they should also weed their marketing efforts. The first step is to take stock of marketing plans both physical and digital, and the second...
Talking to Ourselves: Internal Communication Strategies for Reference Services
At many academic libraries, spiral notebooks and three ring binders have given way to blogs and wikis as a means of facilitating communication at the reference desk. Western Kentucky University Libraries opted instead to create a custom internal website...
The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four
The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. By Kenneth Womack. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-0-313-39171-2). E-book available (978-0-313-39172-9), call for pricing. As every Beatlemaniac knows, there is...
The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals
The Complete Book of 1950s Broadway Musicals. By Dan Deitz. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. 467 p. Alkaline $95 (ISBN 978-1-4422-3504-5). E-book (978-1-4422-3505-2), $94.99. According to Dan Deitz's very entertaining and informative The...
The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook
The Embedded Librarian's Cookbook. Ed. by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild. Chicago: ACRL, 2014. 167 p. Paper $48 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8693-6). This unusually sized (ten inches wide by eight inches high) paperback book is designed for sharing. The...
The Reference Guide to Data Sources
The Reference Guide to Data Sources. By Julia Bauder. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 172 p. Paper $62 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1227-0). For librarians faced with reference questions that have them wishing for a data specialist on staff to provide guidance, The Reference...
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research. Ed. by David Coghlan and Mary Brydon-Miller. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 2 vols. $315 (ISBN 978-1-84920-027-1). "Action research" has always been one of those broadly defined terms I would come across...
Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library
Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library. By Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 176 p. Paper $65 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1226-3). It's all about the user. This point is made clear in Aaron Schmidt...
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