Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 4, Summer

100 Entertainers Who Changed America: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture Luminaries
100 Entertainers Who Changed America: An Encyclopedia of Pop Culture Luminaries. Ed. by Robert C. Sickels. Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood, 2013. 2 vols, acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-830-4). E-book available (978-1-59884-831-1), call for pricing....
A Hybrid Approach to Discovery Services: Reflections on Implementing Both Primo and Summon
Over the last few years, changing user expectations and new technologies have led libraries to rethink their approach to helping users more easily discover the breadth of print and electronic resources offered by the library As a central component...
American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection
American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 2013. 6 vols. acid free $625 (ISBN: 9781-85109-677-0). E-book available (978-1-85109-682-4). In 2000 ABC-CLIO published...
Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History
Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History. By Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J.W Park. Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood, 2014. 3 vols. acid free $310 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-239-5). E-book available (978-1-59884-240-1),...
Best Reference Sources
The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications for small and medium-sized academic and public libraries. All titles considered for nomination were published between November...
BRASS at 25: A Quarter Century of Memories from the Business Reference & Services Section
In 2013, the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary as a section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association. Mary Gaylord and Gerald Gill documented the...
Bringing the Arts into the Library
Bringing the Arts into the Library. Ed. by Carol Smallwood. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 248 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 9780-8389-1175-4). This anthology presents a treasure trove of ideas from beyond the library world. Cultural institutions of all kinds, including...
Continuity and Change, or, Will I Ever Be Prepared for What Comes Next?
During the last year I've been asked a lot about the future of libraries, the future of reference specifically, and for advice about getting an MLS. This is not the first time I've been asked these things and I suspect that you are asked some variant...
Culture Wars in America: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints and Voices
Culture Wars in America: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints and Voices. 2nd ed. Ed. by Roger Chapman and James Ciment. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2013. 3 vols. alkaline $349 (ISBN: 978-0-7656-8302-1). E-book available, call for pricing. Culture...
Developing and Managing Electronic Collections
Developing and Managing Electronic Collections. By Peggy Johnson. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 192 p. Paper $65 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1190-7). Coming from a distinguished career in technical services, Johnson delivers an exceptionally well written and much-needed...
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: From Acacia to Zinnia
Encyclopedia of Cultivated Plants: From Acacia to Zinnia. Ed. by Christopher Cumo. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-774-1). E-book available (978-1-59884-775-8), call for pricing. The Encyclopedia...
Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse. Ed. by Laura L. Finley. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-001-0). E-book available (978-1-61069-002-7), call for pricing. The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence...
Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings. By Steve Sullivan. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2013. 2 vols. alkaline $200 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-8295-9). E-book available (978-0-8108-8296-6), $199.99. A freelance writer, researcher, and publisher,...
Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceaneras
Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceaneras. Ed. by Charles M. Tatum. Cultures of the American Mosaic. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-0098-6). E-book available (978-1-4408-0099-3), call...
Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West
Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West. Ed. by Steven L. Danver. Los Angeles: CQ, 2013. 2 vols. $325 (ISBN: 978-1-60871-909-9). This two-volume work is broad in scope with a few identified boundaries, namely geography, discipline, and chronology....
Famous Americans: A Directory of Museums, Historic Sites, and Memorials
Famous Americans: A Directory of Museums, Historic Sites, and Memorials. By Victor J. Danilov. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow, 2013. 419 pages. alkaline $95 (ISBN: 9780-8108-9185-2). E-book available (978-0-8108-9186-9), $94.99. Here is a directory that...
Food and Drink in American History: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia
Food and Drink in American History: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia. By Andrew F. Smith. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 3 vols. acid free $310 (ISBN: 978-161069-232-8). E-book available (978-1-61069-233-5), call for pricing. Food and Drink in American...
Going beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web
Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web. By Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 192 p. Paper $70 (ISBN: 1555708986). Devine and Egger-Sider open this brief monograph on the invisible web...
Hats and Headwear from around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia
Hats and Headwear from Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. By Beverly Chico. Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO, 2013. 531 pages. acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-161069-062-1). E-book available (978-1-61069-063-8), call for pricing. This volume is an extensive...
Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population
Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population. Edited by Patrick Ragains. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013. 342 p. Paper $85 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-860-3). Newly minted academic librarians, unaccustomed...
Inspired by True Events: An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 History-Based Films
Inspired by True Events: An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 History-Based Films. 2nd ed. Ed. by Robert Niemi. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2013. 607 p. acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-197-0). E-book available (978-1-61069-198-7), call for pricing....
Mentoring & Managing: Students in the Academic Library
Mentoring & Managing: Students in the Academic Library. By Michelle Reale. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 106 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1174-7). Academic libraries cannot function without student assistants who perform a great deal of work. These...
Multiethnic Books for the Middle-School Curriculum
Multiethnic Books for the Middle-School Curriculum. By Cherri Jones and J. B. Petty. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 296 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1163-1). With the birth of new K-12 standards in many states, curriculums are being written and rewritten....
Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture
Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories That Shaped Our Culture. Ed. by Jacqueline Edmondson. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 4 vols. acid free $415 (ISBN: 978-0-313-39347-1). E-book available (978-0-313-39348-8),...
Notable Books: The 2014 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 2014 Notable Books List. Since 1944,...
Pleasure Reading: Exploring a New Definition
I've taken on a new challenge this past January. At the beginning of the new year, I began teaching a reading and reading practices course at Dalhousie University. With my background in readers' services, practical experience, and attendance at numerous...
Reinventing the Library for Online Education
Reinventing the Library for Online Education. By Frederick Stielow. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 306 p. Paper $75 (ISBN: 9780-8389-1208-9). The role of libraries in the digital age is one of the most widely discussed topics among scholars and practitioners...
Say It with Data: A Concise Guide to Making Your Case and Getting Results
Say it with Data: A Concise Guide to Making your Case and Getting Results. Priscille Dando. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 152 p. Paper $40 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1194-5). Today, libraries are under constant pressure to communicate with library policymakers and...
Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment and Issues
Sexually Transmitted Disease: An Encyclopedia of Diseases, Prevention, Treatment and Issues. Ed. by Jill Grimes. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-0134-1). E-book available (9781-4408-0135-8), call for pricing....
So Text Me-Maybe: A Rubric Assessment of Librarian Behavior in SMS Reference Services
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project's "Smartphone Research," approximately half of all American adults (45%) and two-thirds of young adults own a smartphone, and as of May 2011, texting is one of the top uses of this technology....
Studying Students: A Second Look
Studying Students: A Second Look. Ed. by Nancy Fried Foster. Chicago: ACRL, 2013. 156 p. Paper $44 (ISBN: 978- 083898680-6). This group of studies, conducted at the University of Rochester between 2011 and 2013, is meant to follow up on and build...
Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries
Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries. By Walt Crawford. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 176 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1167-9). The prolific Walt Crawford is a writer and speaker on libraries, technology, and media, and the author of seventeen...
Teaching Information Evaluation with the Five Ws: An Elementary Method, an Instructional Scaffold, and the Effect on Student Recall and Application
Undergraduate instruction librarians face the common challenge of addressing a wide variety of information literacy competencies in sessions that follow short, one-shot, guest lecturer formats. Of these competencies, one of the most complicated and...
Text 4 Health: Addressing Consumer Health Information Needs Via Text Reference Service
Health literacy is defined as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." (1) According to the Institute of Medicine, nearly...
The Listen List: Outstanding Audio Narration 2014
The Listen List highlights extraordinary narrators and audio experiences that merit special attention by general adult listeners and the librarians who work with them. Titles are selected because they are a pleasure to listen to and make one reluctant...
The Reading List
RUSA Reading List Council RUSA Reading List Council members include Alicia Ahlvers, Chair, The Kansas City Public Library; Craig Allen Clark; Stephanie Chase, BiblioCommons; Emily Anne Hamstra, University of Michigan Library; Jennifer Hendzlik,...
The Reality Is ... Everyone Is Selling Something
Almost twenty years ago I was offered the opportunity to leave academic librarianship and work for a well-respected library information provider. At the time, this move to the "dark side" was a simple decision driven by family needs, and it turned...
Transforming Young Adult Services
Transforming Young Adult Services. Edited by Anthony Bernier. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 254 p. Paper $65 (ISBN: 978- 1-55570-907-5). This collection of scholarly essays attempts to answer the question, "How should LIS imagine today's young adults?" (xvi)....
Typology of Ambiguity on Representation of Information Needs
Disambiguating human inquiries, either in a semantic or lexical approach, is an essential process to consider in developing information systems and services. This paper discusses this process for design in two related domains--information systems and...
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