Reference & User Services Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 4, Summer

American Indian Culture: From Counting Coup to Wampum
American Indian Culture: From Counting Coup to Wampum. Edited by Bruce E. Johansen. Cultures of the American Mosaic. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 2 vols. Acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-4408-2873-7). Ebook available (978-1-4408-2874-4), call for...
America's First Ladies: A Historical Encyclopedia and Primary Document Collection of the Remarkable Women of the White House
America's First Ladies: A Historical Encyclopedia and Primary Document Collection of the Remarkable Women of the White House. By Nancy Hendricks. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015. 408 pages. acid free $100 (ISBN 978-161069-882-5). Ebook available...
Attracting Users in a Special Library: A Personalized Approach to a Standard Library Initiative
Open houses are a great way to introduce your services to your patrons, especially those who may not otherwise be regular visitors. Librarians at the Engineering Library on the Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus developed a tailored...
A Year of Programs for Millennials
A Year of Programs for Millennials. By Amy Alessio, Katie Lamantia, and Emily Vinci. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 216 p. Paper $49.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1332-1). For librarians who wish to start or revamp their library programming for millennials, this book...
Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom
Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom. By Michelle Reale. Chicago: ALA, 2016. 128 p. Paper $54.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1367-3). Reale opens her thin volume with a look at how librarianship has changed, expressing frustration...
Besting the Workplace Bully
If you've ever encountered a workplace bully, you are not alone. Statistics show that bullying has been steadily on the rise and has taken on a variety of different faces. (1) Once upon a time, the term "bully" typically conjured up the image of a...
Building Your Professional Toolkit
As RUSA president I'm often asked for career advice. How can I get my first professional job? How can I succeed in it and build my career? How do I make the next move to a higher level position? The job market for librarians isn't as extensive and...
Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community
Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community. By R. Lynn Baker. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 144 p. Paper $48.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1333-8). It is no simple task to create an in-depth resource for...
Crips and Bloods: A Guide to an American Subculture
Crips and Bloods: A Guide to an American Subculture. By Herbert C. Covey. Guides to Subcultures and Countercultures. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 201 pages. Acid free $37 (ISBN 978-0-313-39929-9). Ebook available (978-0-313-39930-5), call for...
Don't Panic! Managing Library Anxiety with a Library Survival Guide
Many academic library users, particularly incoming college freshmen, are unsure about what the library offers, how it is useful, where they can receive assistance. A library guide or handbook, if designed to appear interesting and relevant to students,...
Do You Remember That Moment You, You Know, Became a Reader?
As editor of this column, I enjoy the rich experiences, anecdotes, and research that professionals share within these columns. They provide a source of affirmation, statistical evidence, data and "feel good" stories that add value to our knowledge...
Embedding Information Literacy in an MFA Novel Workshop
The rise of graduate creative writing programs in the United States during the twentieth century has been well documented. (1) Less well documented is their connection with academic libraries, particularly in terms of their students' acquisition of...
Governments around the World: From Democracies to Theocracies
Governments Around the World: From Democracies to Theocracies. Edited by Fred M. Shelley. Santa Barbara, CA ABC-CLIO, 2015. 522 pages. acid free $100 (ISBN 98-14408-3812). Ebook available (978-1-4408-3813-2). The brief single-volume Governments...
Handbook for Storytime Programs
Handbook for Storytime Programs. By Judy Freeman and Caroline Feller Bauer. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 616 p. Paper $65.00 (ISBN 0-8389-1265-2). The Handbook of Storytime Programs, a classic resource by Caroline Fellar Bauer originally published in 1977...
Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States
The Reference and User Services Association, acting for the American Library Association in its adoption of this code, recognizes that the sharing of material between libraries is a core library service and believes it to be in the public interest...
Leading Libraries: How to Create a Service Culture
Leading Libraries: How to Create a Service Culture. By Wyoma vanDuinkerken and Wendy Arant Kaspar. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 224 p. Paper $65.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1312-3). Librarianship is a service industry, so aren't librarians, by definition, already...
Librarian Attitudes toward Classroom Humor
While there have been hundreds of articles and books written on humor in a classroom setting, (1) only one book and a handful of articles have been written about humor in library instruction or information literacy. These resources are largely either...
Local History Reference Collections for Public Libraries
Local History Reference Collections for Public Libraries. By Kathy Marquis and Leslie Waggener. Chicago: ALA, 2015. 160 p. Paper $55.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1331-4). This book provides information and insight to help public libraries develop, maintain,...
Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides
Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides. By Jason Puckett. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 143 p. Paper $42.00 (ISBN 978-0838988176) Many libraries offer some type of online research guides to their patrons, and large academic libraries in particular...
Notable Books 2016
The Notable Books Council, first established in 1944, has announced the 2016 selections of the Notable Books List, an annual best-of list comprising twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the United States, including fiction,...
Poor Information Literacy Skills and Practices as Barriers to Academic Performance: A Mixed Methods Study of the University of Dar Es Salaam
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is increasingly used in Tanzanian education. Knowing how to operate ICT alone is incomplete without knowing how to use it as a tool for organization, communication, research, and problem-solving. In recognition...
Real-World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics
Real-World Decision Making: an Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics. Edited by Morris Altman. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 499 pages. Acid-free $100 (ISBN 978-1-4408-2815-7). Ebook available (978-1-4408-2816-4) call for pricing. Altman is...
Reconstruction: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic
Reconstruction: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Edited by Richard Zuczek. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 435 pages. acid free. $100 (ISBN 978-1-61069-917-4). Ebook available (978-1-61069-918-1), call for pricing. The Reconstruction...
Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review
Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review. Edited by Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy Seiden. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 352 p. Paper $66.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8783-4). In Reviewing the Academic Library, Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy...
The 100 Greatest Bands of All Times: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World
The 100 Greatest Bands of All Times: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World. Edited by David V. Moskowitz. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 2 vols. acid free $189 (ISBN 978-1-4408-0339-0). Ebook available (978-14408-0340-6), call for pricing....
The 100 Most Important Sporting Events in American History
The 100 Most Important Sporting Events in American History. By Lew Freedman. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2015. 385 pages, acid free $89 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3574-2). Ebook available (978-1-44408-3575-9), call for pricing. The cover sells this book....
The 2016 Listen List
The Listen List highlights extraordinary narrators and listening experiences that merit special attention by a general adult audience and the librarians who advise them. Adhering to established criteria, committee members select twelve recordings that...
The Reading List 2016
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has announced its selections for the 2016 Reading List as well as the short lists and read-alikes. Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding...
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues. Edited by Ken Albala. Los Angeles: SAGE Reference, 2015. 3 vols. acid free $395 (ISBN 978-1-4522-4301-6). A wide variety of academic disciplines have recognized "food studies" as a legitimate area of study....
The Tim Burton Encyclopedia
The Tim Burton Encyclopedia. By Samuel J. Umland. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 283 pages. alkaline $80 (ISBN 978-0-8108-9200-2). Ebook available (978-08108-9201-9), $79.95. The scope of this one-volume work covers most of the creative...
The Voodoo Encyclopedia: Magic, Ritual, and Religion
The Voodoo Encyclopedia: Magic, Ritual, and Religion. Edited By Jeffrey E. Anderson. Santa Barbara, CA: ABCCLIO, 2015. 438 pages. Acid free $100 (ISBN 978-1-61069208-3). Ebook available (978-61069-209-0), call for pricing. The most striking feature...
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