Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 2, Winter

A Day in a Working Life: 300 Trades and Professions through History
A Day in a Working Life: 300 Trades and Professions through History. By Gary Westfahl. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 3 vols. Acid free. $310 (ISBN: 978-161069-402-5). E-book available (978-1-61069-403-2), call for pricing. The evolution of...
Adult Readers' Advisory Services through Public Library Websites
Throughout America's public libraries, recreational reading is booming, with fiction accounting for an average of 66 percent of the print circulation and 80 percent of the e-book usage in public libraries in 2013. (1) Naturally enough, many librarians...
American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia
American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Michael Shally-Jensen. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 3 vols. Acid free $310 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-377-6) E-book available (9781-616069-378-3), call for pricing. Anyone seeking reliable information...
Animal Rights and Welfare: A Documentary and Reference Guide
Animal Rights and Welfare: A Documentary and Reference Guide. By Lawrence W. Baker. Documentary and Reference Guides. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 350 pages. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-942-6). E-book available (978-1-61069-943-3), call...
Artifacts from Medieval Europe
Artifacts From Medieval Europe. By James B. TschenEmmons. Daily Life Thorugh Artifacts. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 321 pages. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 97861060-621-0). E-book available (978-1-6109-622-7). Artifacts are defined in this book...
Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia
Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Mary Yu Danico. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2015. 4 vols. Alkaline $595 (ISBN: 978-1-4522-8190-2). Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia is a comprehensive four-volume reference work that consists...
Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to the Latest Resources
Since the early 1990s there has been a steady escalation in the numbers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)--today it is considered the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. In 2010, it was estimated that...
Autumn Thank Yous
With the coming of holidays it is always a good time to reflect thankfully on the collaborative nature of the work that makes it possible to get out a journal such as RUSQ. First off, I would like to thank the members of the RUSQ editorial board. The...
Best of the Best Business Websites
The Best of the Best Business Websites Award was established in 2009 to recognize three websites relevant to information professionals providing business reference services. The websites are nominated and selected by the Business Reference and Services...
BRASS Program: Not Elsewhere Classified; Researching New and Niche Industries
The Business Research and Services Section (BRASS) 2015 program was directed to business research professionals who may be stymied by researcher requests related to newer or niche industries. In a stimulating ninety-minute session, two top research...
Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians
Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians. By Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 140 p. Paper $36 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8775-9). Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild present Classroom Assessment Techniques for...
Contemporary Immigration in America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia
Contemporary Immigration in America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia. Edited by Kathleen R. Arnold. Santa Barbara, Calif: Greenwood, 2015. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN: 978-0-313-39917-6). E-book available (978-0-313-399183), call for pricing. Contemporary...
Differing Mental Models and the Futures of Libraries, Librarians, and Readers' Advisory
Many of us struggle with determining the best way to represent our profession in libraries. How do we maintain our relevance and the value of our degreed professionals while managing increasing expectations from patrons, tax payers, and politicians?...
Don't Be a Reference "Tool": How to Use Internal Marketing to Build Staff Competencies in the Age of Inclusive Libraries
Inclusivity is a topic which is coming to the fore in many institutions, and libraries are no exception. To many of us, this may be a new area and could be somewhat daunting to begin to address. The authors provide some background, resources, and ideas...
Earth's Landscape: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features
Earth's Landscape: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features. By Joyce A. Quinn and Susan L. Woodward. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2 vols. acid free $205 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-445-2). E-book available (978-161069-446-9), call for pricing....
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Timothy C. Haab and John C. Whitehead. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 372 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-0119-8). E-book available (978-1-4408-0120-4), call for pricing....
Ethnic American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students
Ethnic American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students. Edited by Emmanuel S. Nelson. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 570 pages. acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-161069-880-1). E-book available (978-1-61069-881-8), call for pricing. The world of...
How Can Libraries Improve Wikipedia?
Wikipedia and libraries got off to a strained start. Perhaps this is only my perception, but it appeared that Wikipedia was used as a defenseless punching bag in much information literacy instruction. (1) The refrain was always "don't use Wikipedia"...
Jim Crow: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic
Jim Crow: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Edited by Nikki L. M. Brown and Barry M. Stentiford. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 473 pages. Acid free $100 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-663-0). E-book available (978-1-61069-664-7), call for...
Making a Third Space for Student Voices in Two Academic Libraries
When we think of voices in the library, we have tended to think of them as disruptive, something to control and manage for the sake of the total library environment. The stereotype of the shushing librarian pervades public perception, creating expectations...
Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians
Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians. By Joan Giesecke, Jon Cawthorne, and Deb Pearson. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 128 p. Paper $36 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8751-3). No librarian likes to think about any potential problems...
New Routes to Library Success: 100+ Ideas from outside the Stacks
New Routes to Library Success: 100+ Ideas from Outside the Stacks. Elisabeth Doucett. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 240 p. $55 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1313-0). New Routes to Library Success, by Elisabeth Doucett, brings new management and marketing ideas from the...
Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information
Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information. Edited by Troy A. Swanson and Heather Jagman. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 429 p. Paper $75 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8716-2). Fifteen years ago, information literacy standards brought information...
Outstanding Business Reference Resources 2015
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 entries; of these, two were designated as "Outstanding,"...
Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age
Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age. Edited by Michele Valerie Cloonan. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2015. 736 p. Paper $98 (ISBN: 978-155570-937-2). Far-reaching yet approachable, Michele V. Cloonan's anthology...
Reference Services to Incarcerated People, Part II: Sources and Learning Outcomes
During summer of 2013, a librarian from the New York Public Library (NYPL) department that services the city's correctional facilities posted a message to a New York, NY-area library listserv looking for volunteers to answer reference questions from...
Religion and American Cultures: Tradition, Diversity, and Popular Expression
Religion and American Cultures: Tradition, Diversity, and Popular Expression. 2nd ed. Edited by Gary Laderman and Luis Leon. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 4 vols. Acid free $399 (ISBN: 978-1-91069-109-3). E-book Available (978-1-61069-110-9),...
Revisiting Library as Place: Balancing Space Planning Priorities by Focusing on Core Purpose
My library's new book shelf recently featured a striking new book edited by Manuela Roth, Library architecture + design, (1) which includes color photos of new library spaces from around the world. I'm sure that other librarians share my enthusiasm...
Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures
Spirit Possession Around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion Across Cultures. Edited by Joseph P. Laycock. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 414 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-589-3). E-book available (978-1-31069-590-9),...
Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians
Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians. Edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 264 p. Paper. $48 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8771-1) Finalized in early 2015, the Framework...
Testing Telepresence: Remote Reference Service Via Robotics
Telepresence allows for real-time interaction between two parties over the Internet providing live video and audio communication. Telepresence systems are used for tours, meetings, and any interaction where one party cannot be physically present with...
The Civil Rights Movement in America: From Black Nationalism to the Women's Political Council
The Civil Rights Movement in America: From Black Nationalism to the Women's Political Council. Edited by Peter B. Levy. Movements of the American Mosaic. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 427 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-761-3). E-book...
The Crusades to the Holy Land: The Essential Reference Guide
The Crusades to the Holy Land: The Essential Reference Guide. Edited by Alan V. Murray. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 330 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-161069-779-8). E-book available (978-1-61069-780-4), call for pricing. Murray has pulled...
The Encyclopedia of Central Banking
The Encyclopedia of Central Banking. Edited by LouisPhilippe Rochon and Sergio Rossi. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2015. 510 pages. $245 (ISBN: 978-1-78254743-3). E-book available (978-1-78254-744-0). Rochon is an Associate Professor of Economics,...
The Future of Academic Librarianship: MOOCs and the Robot Revolution
Many aspects of a librarian's job require so much attention to detail that we forget to take a moment to sit back and imagine the possibilities of the information world. Lura Sanborn offers you that respite here as she ponders the future of libraries...
The Handbook for Storytellers
The Handbook for Storytellers. By Judy Freeman and Caroline Feller Bauer. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 394 p. Paper $65 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1100-6). This is an updated and expanded edition of a popular, professional classic with a new co-author. A great storyteller,...
The Ongoing Columbian Exchange: Stories of Biological and Economic Transfer in World History
The Ongoing Columbian Exchange: Stories of Biological and Economic Transfer in World History. By Christopher Cumo. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 393 pages. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-795-8). E-book available (978-1-61069-796-5), call for...
The Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Technology
The Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. Edited by J. Michael Spector. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2015. 2 vols. Alkaline $375 (ISBN: 978-1-4522-5822-5). The Sage Encyclopedia of Educational Technology is an intelligent attempt to update...
Unanticipated Career Change: Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It
Few among us can't relate to the well-worn saying, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." (1) For many of us, this applies as much to our professional lives as to our personal ones. Career paths are not always linear; in...
Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing
Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing. By Victoria Williams. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 369 pages. Acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-61069-639-5). E-book available (978-1-61069-6401), call for pricing. Write a...
Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds
Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds. By Tim Wadham. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 225 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 0-8389-1266-9). Tim Wadham brings his considerable expertise in children's literature to the table in Wordplay...
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