Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, Fall

A Year in the Story Room
A Year in the Story Room. By Dawn R. Roginski. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 252 p. Paper $48 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1179-2). Any youth services librarian can attest that storytime programs, a favorite of young children and their caregivers, can require...
Best Free Reference Websites: Sixteenth Annual List
Welcome to the sixteenth annual "Best Free Reference Websites" list. It is hard to believe that this project has been around since the late 1990s. In 1998, the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA appointed an ad hoc task force to develop...
Better Library and Learning Space
Better Library and Learning Space. Ed. by Les Watson. London: Facet, 2013. 288 p. Paper $100. (ISBN-13: 978-1-85604-763-0). How can libraries best plan, create, and maintain spaces that foster learning? Although many library buildings have classrooms...
Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows
Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows. 2nd ed. Ed. by Henry T. Sampson. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2014. 2 vols. alkaline $250 (ISBN: 978-0-81088350-5). E-book available (978-8108-8351-2), $249.99. Initially published over thirty...
Breaking the Ice: Facebook Friending and Reference Interactions
Constance A. Mellon's pioneering 1986 article, "Library Anxiety: A Grounded Theory and Its Development," opened librarians' eyes to how many students react when they think about performing research in a library. (1) The original purpose of her study...
Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety, and Protection
Consumer Survival: An Encyclopedia of Consumer Rights, Safety, and Protection. Ed. by Wendy Reibolt and Melanie Horn Mailers. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-936-3). E-book available (978-1-59884-937-1),...
Crafting an Envisioned Future for RUSA: Looking Ahead to Our Strategic Planning Year
As I write this column on the airplane from Baltimore to Las Vegas for the ALA Annual Conference 2014, I'm finding that it's providing an excellent opportunity for me to reflect on where we've been as a division and where we are going. The flight serves...
Data Management for Libraries
Data Management for Libraries. A LITA Guide. By Laura Krier and Carly A. Strasser. Chicago: ALA TechSource, 2014. 104 p. Paper $58 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-969-3). This volume in the LITA Guide series adds to a number of recent publications about data...
Delivering Research Data Management Services: Fundamentals of Good Practice
Delivering Research Data Management Services: Fundamentals of Good Practice. Ed. by Graham Pryor, Sarah Jones, and Angus Whyte. London: Facet, 2014. 256 p. Paper $99.95 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-9142-5). A how-to guide for large research institutions, Delivering...
Disasters and Tragic Events: An Encyclopedia of Catastrophes in American History
Disasters and Tragic Events: An Encyclopedia of Catastrophes in American History. Ed. by Mitchell Newton-Matza. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-165-9). E-book available (978-1-61069-166-6), call for pricing....
Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions
Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions. Ed. by Daniel J. Leab. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 2 vols. acid free. $189 (ISBN: 967-1-59884-945-5). E-book available (978-1-59884-946-2), call for pricing. During the 1936 Democratic...
Encyclopedia of Environmental Change
Encyclopedia of Environmental Change. Ed. by John A. Matthews. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 3 vols. $475 (ISBN: 978-1-4462-4711-2). To understand the science of global warming and related climate changes, one must first understand the scientific...
Encyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia. Ed. By Alexandra Kindell and Elizabeth S. Demers. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-567-9). E-book available (978-1-59884-568-6), call for pricing....
Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics
Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics. Ed. by Kerric Harvey. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 3 vols. $415 (ISBN: 978-1-4522-4471-6). "Social Media. n. web sites and applications which enable users to create and share content or to participate...
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by Timothy C. Haab and John C. Whitehead. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 372 p. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-0119-8). E-book available (978-14408-0120-4), call for pricing....
Evolving from Disability to Diversity: How to Better Serve High-Functioning Autistic Students
It is my great pleasure to join readers as the new editor of the Information Literacy and Instruction column. Librarians who specialize in reference, instruction, and other user services are regularly challenged to provide both the tools and the materials...
Faiths across Time: 5,000 Years of Religious History
Faiths Across Time: 5,000 Years of Religious History. By J. Gordon Melton. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 4 vols. acid free $415 (ISBN: 978-61069-025-6). E-book available (978-1-61069-023-3), call for pricing. This timeline represents a vast...
Food History Almanac: Over 1,300 Years of World Culinary History, Culture, and Social Influence
Food History Almanac: Over 1,300 Years of World Culinary History, Culture, and Social Influence. By Janet Clarkson. Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy. Lantham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 2 vols. alkaline. $195 (ISBN:...
From the Brain to the Classroom: The Encyclopedia of Learning
From the Brain to the Classroom: The Encyclopedia of Learning. Ed. by Sheryl Feinstein. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 589 pages. acid free $100 (ISBN: 9781-61069-539-8). E-book available (978-1-61069-540-4), call for pricing. This title provides...
Full-Time Reference with Part-Time Librarians: Dealing with Staffing Realities, Meeting User Needs
Reference service needs at academic institutions have dramatically evolved over the last few decades. The nature of student and faculty reference requirements has changed. These changes can be attributed in part to technological advances and online...
GTA = Great Teaching Adventure! Graduate Teaching Assistants at the Emporia State University Libraries and Archives
We're all familiar with the catch-22 of trying to embark on a new career--it's often difficult to land a job without having experience, but there's no way to get experience without having a job. One institution's effort to beat this no-win scenario...
History and Ethnic Studies
Acheraiou, Amar. Questioning Hybridity, Postcolonialism and Globalization. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 (ISBN: 9780230298286). Multicultural ideas related to the hybrid cultures that have developed as the world has...
Implementing an Inclusive Staffing Model for Today's Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians
Implementing an Inclusive Staffing Model for Today's Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians. By Julia K. Nims, Paula Storm, and Robert Stevens. Lanham, MD.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. 143 p. $65 (ISBN: 978-08108-9128-9). Libraries...
Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Revised by Carrie Scott Banks: by Sandra Feinberg, Barbara A. Jordan, Kathleen Deerr, Michelle Langa. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 325 p. Paper $60 (ISBN: 1-55570-791-00)....
Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades
Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades. By Amy Brown. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 184 p. $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-166-2). Brown, a seasoned children's programmer, believes in the benefits of exposure to music: "Musical experiences can be memory...
Literature
Acheraiou, Amar. Rethinking Postcolonialism: Colonialist Discourse in Modern Literatures and the Legacy of Classical Writers. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 (ISBN: 9780230552050). Although postmodernism is not part of the title of this book,...
Mastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, Networking and Discovery in Academic Libraries
Mastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, Networking and Discovery in Academic Libraries. Ed. by Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin. London: Facet, 2014. 183 p. Paper $99.95 (ISBN: 978-1-85604-943-6). This handbook of topics in digital librarianship...
Philosophy
Barthes, Rolands. Elements of Semiology. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977 (ISBN: 9780374521462). Barthes is a well-known French philosopher. This is an essential semiology text for those interested in studying the meaning of signs in relation to linguistics,...
Poetry Aloud Here 2: Sharing Poetry with Children
Poetry Aloud Here 2: Sharing Poetry with Children. By Sylvia M. Vardell. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. 286 p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1177-8). Texas Women's University professor and "Poetry Friday" founder Sylvia M. Vardell has updated her 2006...
Postmodernism
When presented with subjects unfamiliar to the general public, the selection of an appropriate and rounded catalog is important to libraries, both public and academic. And stretching across multiple genres of subjects, including literature and philosophy,...
Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By Barbara Klipper. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 152 p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1206-5). Library programming for people with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, is more...
Reflective Practice: RUSQ Columns and You
Welcome to the first issue of RUSQ, volume 54. I hope that all our readers will find something here that helps to improve their practice or to inspire new ideas for ways to serve our users. I would like to take a moment to welcome two column editors...
Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949
Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings Since 1949. By Vincent Terrace. Lanham, CD: Scarecrow, 2014. 391 pages. alkaline $85 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-9249-1). E-book available (978-0-8108-9250-7), $84.99. Of all the reference resources that...
The Application of RUSA Standards to the Virtual Reference Interview
The proliferation of online databases used to search for articles in scholarly journals and magazines began shortly after Internet use became common in the late 1990s. Although there was a shift to digital resources, reference librarians still could...
The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects
The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects. Ed. by Michael Brennan. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 442 p. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-03437). E-book available (978-1-4408-0344-4), call for pricing. The A-Z of Death...
"The Danger of a Single Story": Readers' Advisory Work and Indigenous Peoples
Many of us work with diverse communities in our libraries, striving to offer the best services to our users. In this article, guest author Monique Woroniak explores the challenges she has observed providing services to indigenous populations in a Canadian...
The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time
The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time. By Martin Gitlin. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2014. 419 p. alkaline $65 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-8724-4). E-book available (978-0-8108-8725-1), $64.99. This one-volume work is a compilation of the best television sitcoms, spanning...
The Maker Movement and the Louisville Free Public Library
I have wanted to publish a column on Makerspaces for a while now, as they are such wonderful examples of the intersection of libraries, community, and technology The 2013 LITA Forum in Louisville, which featured many concurrent sessions on making (including...
The New Faces of American Poverty: A Reference Guide to the Great Recession
The New Faces of American Poverty: A Reference Guide to the Great Recession. Ed. by Lindsey K. Hanson and Timothy J. Essenburg. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-1819). E-book available (978-1-61069-182-6),...
The Quality Infrastructure: Measuring, Analyzing, and Improving Library Services
The Quality Infrastructure: Measuring, Analyzing, and Improving Library Services. Ed. by Sarah Anne Murphy. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 186 p. Paper $60 (ISBN: 978-0-83891173-0). Organized, comprehensive assessment of a library's infrastructure (broadly...
The Reference Interview Today: Negotiating and Answering Questions Face to Face, on the Phone, and Virtually
The Reference Interview Today: Negotiating and Answering Questions Face to Face, on the Phone, and Virtually. By Dave Harmeyer. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. 154 p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-8816-9). Many reference librarians understand...
Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment
Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment. Ed. by Elizabeth Loenard and Erin McCaffrey. Chicago: ACRL, 2014. 196 p. Paper $52 (ISBN: 978-08389-8684-4). Embedded librarianship has become one of the hottest topics of professional...
World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence
World Clothing and Fashion: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence. By Mary Ellen Snodgrass. Armonk, NY: Sharpe Reference, 2014. 2 vols. alkaline $249 (ISBN: 978-0-7656-8300-7). E-book available, call for pricing. As the name...
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