Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 3, Spring

Abolition and Antislavery: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic
Abolition and Antislavery: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Edited by Peter Hinks and John McKivigan. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 447 p. Acid-free $100 (ISBN 978-1-61069-827-6). Ebook available (978-1-61069-828-3) call for...
Archives Alive: Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections
Archives Alive: Expanding Engagement with Public Library Archives and Special Collections. By Diantha Dow Schull. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 324 p. Paper $79.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1335-2). In Archives Alive, Diantha Dow Schull expertly demonstrates...
Asian American Religious Cultures
Asian American Religious Cultures. Edited by Jonathan H. X. Lee, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee, and Ronald Y. Nakasone. American Religious Cultures. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2 vols. Acid-free $189 (ISBN 978-159884-330-9). Ebook available...
Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers
Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers. 3rd edition. By Peter Hernon, Ellen Altman, and Robert E. Dugan. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 232 p. Paper $75.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1308-6). We all know that libraries are under...
Best Historical Materials 2015
Each year, the RUSA/CODES History Section Historical Materials Committee selects an assortment of resources that reflect the best resources for historical research. The 2015 list follows. All resources received a final review on November 17, 2015.--Editor...
Club Programs for Teens: 101 Activities for the Entire Year
Club Programs for Teens: 101 Activities for the Entire Year. By Amy J. Alessio and Heather Booth. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 192 p. Paper $49.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1334-5). Club Programs for Teens is a fun, informative book that provides a variety...
Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists
Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists. Edited by Arianne HartsellGundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 312 p. Paper $68.00 (ISBN: 978-0-83898767-4). Abundant literature...
Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1979-2015
Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1979-2015. 4th ed. By John R. Vile. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2 vols. $189 (ISBN 978-1-61069-931-0). Ebook available (978-1-61069-932-7) call for pricing....
Ethical Issues in Reference: An In-Depth View from the Librarians' Perspective
It is always good to reflect occasionally on professional ethics and the implications of those ethics in library practice. In this paper, based on a presentation given by the author at the 2014 IFLA satellite meeting "Ethical Dilemmas in the Information...
Foods That Changed History: How Foods Shaped Civilization from the Ancient World to the Present
Foods That Changed History: How Foods Shaped Civilization from the Ancient World to the Present. By Christopher Cumo. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 451 p. Acidfree $100 (ISBN 978-1-1108-3536-0). Ebook available (9781-4408-3537-7) call for pricing....
Framing the Framework: The Rigorous Responsibilities of Library and Information Science
The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education offers library and information science (LIS) professionals a conceptual approach for leading information literacy efforts in a digital environment. But while a good start, Nathan Filbert...
Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies
Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies. Edited by Matt Cardin. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 409 p. Acid-free $89 (ISBN 978-1-61069-683-8). Ebook available (978-1-61069-684-5) call for pricing. Producing a reference...
Hip Hop in the United States
Hip hop is a ubiquitous part of American society in 2015--from Kanye West announcing his future presidential bid to discussions of feminism surrounding Nikki Minaj's anatomy, to Kendrick Lamar's concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, to Questlove...
Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zocalo
Iconic Mexico: An Encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zocalo. Edited by Eric Zolov. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2vols. Acid-free $189 (ISBN 978-1-61069-043-0). Ebook available (978-1-61069-044-7) call for pricing. Historian Eric Zolov writes about...
Ideas and Movements That Shaped America: From the Bill of Rights to "Occupy Wall Street."
Ideas and Movements That Shaped America: From the Bill of Rights to "Occupy Wall Street." Edited by Michael S. Green and Scott L. Stabler. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 3 vols. acid-free $294 (ISBN 978-1-61069-251-9). Ebook available (978-1-61069-252-6)...
Instruments of War: Weapons and Technologies That Have Changed History
Instruments of War: Weapons and Technologies That Have Changed History. By Spencer C. Tucker. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 428 p. Acid free. $89.00. (ISBN 978-1-4408-3654-1). E-Book available (978-1-4408-36558), call for pricing. Experienced...
Jesus in History, Legend, Scripture, and Tradition: A World Encyclopedia
Jesus in History, Legend, Scripture, and Tradition: A World Encyclopedia. Edited by Leslie Houlden and Antone Minard. Santa Barbara, CA; ABC-CLIO, 2015. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-61069-803-0). Ebook available (978-1-61069-804-7) call for pricing....
Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities
Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities. By Steve Albrecht. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 184 p. Paper $55.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1330-7). Dr. Steve Albrecht is a renowned security consultant with experience working with and consulting for...
Mentoring A to Z
Mentoring A to Z. Julie Todaro. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 153 p. Paper $58.00. (ISBN 978-0-8389-1329-1). Staff training and development programs are aimed at all library employees. These processes communicate job expectations, orient the worker to the...
Real-World Teen Services
Real-World Teen Services. By Jennifer Velasquez. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 116 p. Paper $50.00 (ISBN 978-08389-1342-0). Author Jennifer Velasquez is a twenty-year veteran of teen services, a frequent speaker and consultant in the discipline,...
Reflections on the RUSA President's Program 2015: It's Complicated: Navigating the Dynamic Landscapes of Digital Literacy, Collapsing Contexts, and Big Data
There comes a time when a researcher speaks to librarians and the aftermath of the articulation echoes for days, maybe even weeks. danah boyd's rapid-paced, information-packed RUSA President's Program presentation at the ALA Annual Conference 2015...
Running a Small Library: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Running a Small Library: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, 2nd ed. Edited by John Moorman. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 288 p. Paper $80.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1273-7). Running a Small Library provides a plethora of ideas for librarians working in various...
Taking a Fresh Look: Reviewing and Classifying Reference Statistics for Data-Driven Decision Making
In this paper we develop a strategy to evaluate public service points in an academic library based on the expertise sought by library patrons. (1) Although there is already an enormous body of literature about reference desk statistics, SPEC Kit 268:...
The Enduring Landscape of Online Subject Research Guides
In 2004, Lorraine Pellack and Rebecca Jackson published an article in Reference and User Services Quarterly titled "Internet Subject Guides in Academic Libraries." (1) That article was based on an examination of subject guides on the websites of US...
The Purpose-Based Library: Finding Your Path to Survival, Success, and Growth
The Purpose-Based Library: Finding Your Path to Survival, Success, and Growth. By John J. Huber and Steven V. Potter. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2015. 200 p. Paper $62.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1244-7). Building on the management principles presented in his...
The Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence
The Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence. Ed. by Janet M. Bennett. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2015. 2 vols. Acid free $340 (ISBN 978-1-4522-4428-0). Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence draws together multiple concepts and theories...
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research. 2nd ed. Edited by Eric E.Bouhassira and Krishna S. Vyas. Los Angeles: SAGE Reference, 2015. 3 vols. Alkaline paper $525 (ISBN 978-1-4833-4768-4) The study of stem cell research is continually expanding....
The World of Ancient Rome: A Daily Life Encyclopedia
The World of Ancient Rome: A Daily Life Encyclopedia. By James W. Ermatinger. Daily Life Encyclopedias. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-4408-2907-9). Ebook available (978-1-4408-29086) available, call for pricing....
The World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia
The World of the Civil War: A Daily Life Encyclopedia. Ed. by Lisa Tendrich Frank. Daily Life Encyclopedias. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 2 vols. Acid-free $198 (ISBN 978-1-4408-2978-9). Ebook available (978-1-44082979-6) call for pricing. ...
Trends and Directions in RA Education
The last two issues of the Readers' Advisory (RA) column have featured thoughtful, though somewhat different, views of the future of services to readers in public libraries. Duncan Smith and Bill Crowley share an understanding of the value and importance...
Water Rights and the Environment in the United States: A Documentary and Reference Guide
Water Rights and the Environment in the United States: A Documentary and Reference Guide. By John R. Burch Jr. Documentary Reference Guides. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 442 p. Acid-free $100 (ISBN 978-14408-3802-6). Ebook available (978-1-4408-3803-3)...
We Share Great Stuff: Marketing Content at the Edmonton Public Library
Even though libraries don't "sell" things for money, we still want customers "buying" into us by using our materials and services. In this column, Tina Thomas shows how merchandising and following the lead of for-profit businesses has increased circulation...
What's in a Name? toward a New Definition of Reference
Do you refer to yourself as a reference librarian? If so, what does the word reference mean to you? RUSA's members are less often called reference librarians than they were in the past, and they do work that is different from what reference work was...
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