Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 1, Fall

American Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia
American Civil War: A State-by-State Encyclopedia. Ed. by Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-528-0). E-book available (978-1-59884-529-7), call for pricing. Obviously there is no shortage...
American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial Era to the Present
American Poets and Poetry: From the Colonial Era to the Present. Ed. by Jeffrey Gray, Mary McAleer Balkun, and James McCorkle. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-831-3). E-book available (978-1-61069-832-0),...
A New Strategic Plan for RUSA
In the fall of 2014 the RUSA leadership embarked on a strategic planning process intended to position our organization for strength and growth over the next few years. In beginning of the process we first needed to confront a challenge: that RUSA--like...
Animal Shenanigans: 24 Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers
Animal Shenanigans: 24 Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers. By Rob Reid. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 248 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1271-3). If your storytimes are feeling a bit stale and in need of some inspiration, get ready...
Best Free Reference Websites: Seventeenth Annual List
Welcome to the seventeenth annual "Best Free Reference Websites" list. It is hard to believe that this project has been around since the late 1990's. In 1998, the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of RUSA (now ETS, the Emerging Technologies...
Cool Jobs: Expanding the Place of the Library Instruction Curriculum to Assist Graduates in Preparing Students for Atypical Work Environments
To help our graduates become successful in both traditional and nontraditional information settings, Roy and Hallmark suggest that the requirements listed in modern job descriptions reveal the type of skills and talents we should include in our information...
Encyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750-1950s
Encyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750-1950s. By Mary de Young. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015. 368 pages. acid free $55 (ISBN: 978-0-7864-6897-3). E-book available (978-0-4766-1788-6), call for pricing. Therapeutics is defined as the treatment...
Encyclopedia of Education Economics & Finance
Encyclopedia of Education Economics & Finance. Ed. by Dominic J. Brewer and Lawrence O. Picus. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2014. 2 vols. alkaline $340 (ISBN: 978-14522-8185-8). Comprehensive studies of educational systems in an economic and...
Film Programming for Public Libraries
Film Programming for Public Libraries. By Katie Irons. Chicago: ALA, 2014. I84 p. Paper $55.00 (ISBN: 978-08389-1197-6). Film programming is an engaging way to bring customers of all ages into the library, and this timely primer by Katie Irons offers...
First Year Course Programmatic Assessment: Final Essay Information Literacy Analysis
Washington State University recently launched a new general education system with a foundational first year course called Roots of Contemporary Issues. Roots features a set of library research assignments and a culminating final essay, jointly developed...
Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History
Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History. Ed. by David T. Zabecki. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 4 vols. acid free $415 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-980-6). E-book available (978-1-59884-981-3), call for pricing. This four-volume set seeks to explain...
Government and the Economy: An Encyclopedia
Government and the Economy: An Encyclopedia. Ed. by David A. Dieterle, Kathleen C. Simmons. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 552 pages. acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-2903-1). E-book available (978-1-4408-29048), call for pricing. Government...
How Do Our Students Learn? an Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction
Effective pedagogy requires understanding how students learn and tailoring our instruction accordingly. One key element of student-centered pedagogy involves understanding the cognitive psychological processes according to which students learn, and...
Intellectual Freedom for Teens: A Practical Guide for Young Adult and School Librarians
Intellectual Freedom for Teens: A Practical Guide for Young Adult and School Librarians. Edited by Kristin Fletcher-Spear and Kelly Tyler. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. I44 p. Paper $48 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1200-3). Intellectual Freedom for Teens is...
Jay Gatsby Goes to College: Engaging At-Risk Students
Jay Gatsby, the main character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, is a self-made man. He entered St. Olaf College in Minnesota but then dropped out during his first term because of the humiliating circumstances of his poverty. Gatsby's...
Literature and Politics Today: The Political Nature of Modern Fiction and Drama
Literature and Politics Today: The Political Nature of Modern Fiction and Drama. Ed. by M. Keith Booker. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 377 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-935-8). E-book (978-1-6106-9936-5), call for pricing. The editor,...
Make 'Em Laugh!: American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Make 'em Laugh!: American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Ed. by Zeke Jarvis. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 322 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-14408-2994-9). E-book available (978-1-4408-2995-6), call for pricing. While books about...
Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook
Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook. by Donna L. Ferullo. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 206 p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 0810891484). Need to know how to manage copyright at your academic library, or, scarier yet, your university?...
Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection
Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection. Ed. by Paul R. Bartrop and Steven Leonard Jacobs. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 4 vols. Acid free. $415.00. (ISBN: 978-1-61069-363-9) E-Book available (978-1-61069-364-6), call...
Native North Americans in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12
Native North Americans in Literature for Youth: A Selective Annotated Bibliography for K-12. By Alice Crosetto and Rajinder Garcha. London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. 267 p. Paper $40 (ISBN: 0-8108-9189-0). In Native North Americans in Literature...
Personal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management
Personal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management. Ed. by Barbara Friedberg. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 403 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-14408-3031-0) E-book available (978-1-4408-3032-7), call for pricing. This single-volume...
Project Management: Moving beyond MacGyver
As work in libraries continues to become more projectdriven, formal project-management training for librarians and other library staff is not necessarily keeping pace. While this scenario is far from ideal, workarounds can be effectively utilized if...
Proud Heritage: People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience
Proud Heritage: People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience. Ed. By Chuck Stewart. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 3 vols. acid free $294 (ISBN: 978-161069-398-1). Proud Heritage offers an eclectic array of primary documents and encyclopedia...
Reference Services to Incarcerated People, Part I: Themes Emerging from Answering Reference Questions from Prisons and Jails
Incarcerated people face significant information poverty, both because of limited access to information resources and because incarceration itself produces information needs that cannot be easily met. Through a content analysis of reference questions...
Remembering Gail Schlachter
Gail Schlachter served as editor of RUSQ from 1997-2000, as editor of reference book reviews in RQ (RUSQ's previous title) from 1977-88, and as president of RUSA, 1988-89. It was with great sorrow that we heard of Gail's all too early death in April...
Repositioning Reference: New Methods and New Services for a New Age
Repositioning Reference: New Methods and New Services for a New Age. By Laura Saunders, Lillian Rozaklis, and Eileen G. Abels. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. I57 p. Paper $36 (ISBN: 978-0-8108-9322-1). Repositioning Reference makes a...
Ring of Fire: An Encyclopedia of the Pacific Rim's Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes
Ring of Fire: An Encyclopedia of the Pacific Rim's Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes. By Bethany D. Rinard Hinga. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 403 p. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-296-0). E-book available (978-1-61069-297-7), call for pricing....
The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs
The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs. Edited by Anthony Molaro and Leah L. White. Chicago, ALA: 2015. Paper $55.00 (ISBN-13: 978-0-83891274-4). The Library Innovation Toolkit: Strategies, and Programs itself takes an innovative...
The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide
The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. By Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. I36 p. Paper $40.50 (ISBN: 978-0-83891215-7). Based on their combined thirty years of experience in information literacy instruction,...
The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces
The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces. By Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner, and James Bradberry. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 224 p. Paper $55 (ISBN: 978-08389-1255-3). The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces is a discussion...
There Seem to Be More SEALs in Romance Fiction Than in the US Navy, and If So, Why Does It Matter?
Few of us are lucky enough to write about what we love. In particular, what we love to read and why it's so popular. But, Mary K. Chelton was able to do just that. We, the readers of this column are able to dive right into this article and read Chelton's...
The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy
The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Ed. by Edward S. Neukrug. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2015. 2 vols. acid free $340 (ISBN: 978-1-45227412-6). E-book available (1483346501), call for pricing. In its introduction,...
Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens
Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens. Michael Cart and Christine A. Jenkins. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. I64 p. $21.95 (ISBN: 978-1-9375-8956-1). This book should be required reading for anyone working with teens. Cart and Jenkins have...
What's Brewing? an Outreach Event with Beer
Beer in the library? Why not! The University of Dayton ran a very successful event featuring local craft breweries, designed to market the library's services and facilities to faculty and staff.--Editors In recent years, libraries have used creative...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.